Fireplace Service and Repair

Fireplaces add comfort and warmth to any space in your home. They pull you in with their cozy invitation that gathers friends and family together. 

There are different types of fireplaces which burn a few different types of fuel, the most popular being natural gas, liquid petroleum (propane), and wood. Below are information and pictures of the different types of fireplaces. 

Direct-Vent Fireplaces

Direct-vent (DV) fireplaces are the most efficient and newest type of fireplaces. DVs are unique because they are a sealed system and only use intake air from outside of the home. DVs allow a new home to be sealed up tightly, which means your home will keep the heat inside.

Depending on the fireplace manufacturer, the vent on DV fireplaces can travel horizontally or vertically. With the help of a power vent (a fan attached in the line of the vent), these fireplace vents can travel great distances. In some cases, DVs can even travel in a downward slope, depending on the fireplace. Because of these features, many of these DV fireplaces have the ability to be placed in many different locations inside the house with zero clearance to the finished wall material; meaning it will be flush with the interior wall. Most of these are considered modern fireplaces because they are so sleek and have options for media inside the fire box, e.g. not just artificial wood, but shapes, glass, and even metal sculptures.

PRICES FOR DV FIREPLACES

Fireplace inspection: $75-100

Cleaning and inspection: $150-200 for most factory-built, traditional fireplaces

Linear fireplace cleaning and inspection: $200-275, depending on size and type

 

 

 

B-Vent Fireplaces

These fireplaces are a bit more efficient than wood-burning fireplaces. B-vents use the air from inside the home to feed the combustion. B-vent fireplaces are unique because the vent pipe can only go straight up, vertically. B-vents have a sensor to detect if there is a problem with the chimney system (high limit switch/sensor) and if the chimney is working properly. If  the chimney is not working properly, the electronic system will shut itself off automatically.

B-vent fireplaces have fixed gas logs that cannot be adjusted without causing problems to the system that will produce excess soot and hot spots, which will eventually cause more serious problems down the road.

Some of these fireplaces have glass doors, and others do not. The glass fronts are not sealed but act as a barrier. Some doors are fixed in place, and others can be opened and closed. Opening and closing the doors is permissible, depending on the fireplace manufacturer. 

PRICES FOR B-VENT FIREPLACES

Fireplace inspection: $100

Cleaning and inspection: $150-$200 for most factory-built, traditional fireplaces

Wood-Burning Fireplaces

Wood-burning fireplaces are the least efficient of all fireplaces. In these fireplaces, you can burn wood or have an artificial gas log set (decorative gas logs). Wood-burning fireplaces are the only fireplace type that needs a chimney sweep because the exhaust (carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides and water vapor) stick to the walls of the chimney. Over time, these particles that stick to the wall accumulate, leaving you with a combustible substance called creosote. Over time, this creosote can combust, causing a chimney fire. 

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that you have your chimney inspected at least once a year. They also recommend you have it cleaned once a year because a lot can happen in a year; a bird may have made a nest inside, some of the piping could become disconnected, or creosote could be built up enough to be dangerous.   

The Flame Steward services wood-burning fireplaces and will clean out ash and soot buildup inside the firebox. We are NOT certified chimney sweeps, however, and will not sweep your chimney.

Fireplace doors on wood-burning fireplaces are used to keep anything in or out of the fireplace, including soot, drafts, pets, etc. We are able to get those special doors for your fireplace, matching the theme of your room or wall. Note: You can NOT use a wood-burning fireplace with the doors closed; it will most likely break the glass due to the heat. Always open your doors when in use.  

Log lighters

Log lighters sit inside the fire box under the grate and are great for lighting your wood quickly. Most, but not all, wood fireplaces have these installed or have a stub of a gas line where these log lighters attach. The Flame Steward is able to replace log lighters and grates for wood-burning fireplaces. 

Decorative Gas Logs

Decorative gas logs can only be installed inside of wood-burning fireplaces. In some cases, we can install remotes or switches into these fireplaces for ease of powering on/igniting at the push of a button. Please call us before you buy your set of gas logs, especially if you want a remote or switch installed with it. When a remote system or switch is installed, it changes the parameters of the gas logs, and most times, you will need to decrease the size of the gas logs and burner so the electronics don’t burn up inside the fireplace. 

PRICES FOR WOOD BURNING FIREPLACES

Wood-burning fireplace clean and inspection: $100-$200 for most systems.

Installation of gas logs into wood-burning fireplace: Sizes 18”-36”  starting at $125 and up to $250.