On average, an operating open wood burning fireplace can be an efficient source of heat, depending on the type of unit and how you burn your wood. However, if you’re not using the fireplace and the damper is left open your home will likely lose heat as warm air from the house escapes through the chimney.
There are some simple precautions you can take to ensure you maintain the efficiency of your fireplace. Firstly, when you don’t have a fire burning make sure the damper is closed so heat in your house doesn’t escape up the chimney.
You can also increase the efficiency of your open fireplace and cut down on the amount of heat that escapes from your house by installing glass or metal doors, or heat shields, on the front of your fireplace.
Doors prevent the heat in your home from going up the chimney and are particularly useful when the fire in your fireplace is burning down for the night and the damper has to remain open to allow the smoke to vent.
Your chimney is an enclosed column of warm air or gases surrounded by colder outside air. The warm air or gas in the chimney is more buoyant than the dense, cold outside air, so it rises and produces a natural vertical draft in the chimney.
To keep your fireplace or wood stoves performing at peak efficiency, it is important to burn your fire at a minimum of 400 degrees Fahrenheit. You could burn the fire at 600 degrees Fahrenheit or higher at first to burn off any build up of creosote in the chimney and then turn the damper down to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and it will stay there for hours.
When you visit Mason Place Fireplace and BBQ in Keswick, you will find a selection of quality wood stoves and fireplaces that meet all the necessary safety codes. The knowledgeable staff will work with you to help you create what you have in mind. For more information go to www.masonplace.com.