For homeowners wanting to use the open fireplace in their home, firstly you should have it inspected and if necessary have it brought up to meet current Ontario Building Code requirements. In this way design deficiencies such as combustible framing below the hearth, lack of a proper firebox and unlined chimneys are addressed.
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Higher levels of efficiency are possible with these specialised wood burning fireplace designs.
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These are sealed units with controlled air supplies that attain very high efficiency readings. They achieve this by burning most of the energy contained in the wood fuel in the firebox and distributing it to the home.
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The homeowner has the option to locate the fireplace and chimney system anywhere on the floor plan. No foundation is required and the insulated chimney is installed inside the building envelope of the house.
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Mortar joints between the bricks break down over time, to varying degrees, when exposed to condensation from the combustion process of various fuel types. Clay flue tile liners can crack especially as a result of a chimney fire. Situations such as these would be identified by a professional chimney sweep during the required annual inspection of your chimney. They would recommend your best course of action.
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What is involved in sweeping a chimney?
Floor runners are laid down right from the entry door to the fireplace. Large drop cloths are then laid out in front of the fireplace and over the hearth extension. The vacuum and any other tools required are brought in and laid out on these cloths.
A visual inspection of the fireplace is done to check for cracks or any other signs of deterioration and the damper is put in the closed position. If necessary another drop cloth is taped over the fireplace opening. Ladders are then put up to access the top of the chimney and the type of deposit identified.
The chimney is then swept from the top using the correct size and type of brush. A visual check of the condition of the chimney is done noting any signs of deterioration. Flashings and caulking are checked. The firebox is then vacuumed out and the damper is carefully opened and the door is removed if necessary .
The smoke chamber area above the damper is then swept out and all deposits are removed. The damper door is reinstalled if necessary and the operation is checked. The drop cloths are vacuumed off and the vacuum and any tools are removed, the drop cloths and floor runners are rolled up back to the entry door.
A basic inspection report is included with the invoice and any areas of concern are discussed with the homeowner.
A cost effective way to change the look of your dated fireplace. A wide range of suitable materials and design options are available. I will work with you to create a true custom design.
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Wide range of styles are available in wood or stone.
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Accessories ranging from glass doors, toolsets and grates, chimney caps including locktops.
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These include diagnosing and solving performance issues as well as establishing code compliance for realtors on resale homes. Insurance companies also request and accept inspection reports by a WETT certified professional.