Gas Fireplace Installation – Insert & Gas Logs

Gas fireplaces are making a major comeback. Let’s consider a fire that needs no tending, requires minimal cleanup, and provides heat for you home. That’s what you get with today’s gas fireplaces. Modern versions are very realistic. They have glowing red embers and tall orange-yellow flames that dance and flicker around ceramic-fiber logs molded from the real thing. Call for a consultation to see which option is right for you!

Chimney Liners

Aluminum – An aluminum liner can be used to vent category 1 gas appliances with A.F.U.E. of 83% or lower.  Aluminum liners are commonly used to downsize and vent orphaned water heaters when the main heating system is vented elsewhere, improving the performance of the appliance.

Stainless Steel 316 alloy (most common)– Stainless steel liners are designed to reline existing chimneys or be used in new construction. It’s corrugated construction allows for expansion and contraction during the heat up and cool down periods. This liner would be used for standard heating flues and fireplace flue installations.

Stainless Steel /AL29-4C – AL294-C alloy can only be used with natural gas or propane category II, III or IV appliances.  Frequently used to chimney vent modern high efficiency boilers.

Polypropylene/PVC – Plastic venting may be an option to vent approved condensing boilers.  Manufacturer’s specifications would determine if plastic venting is right for you.

Dampers

A damper is a lever or pulley activated door within your chimney and must remain open while the fireplace is in use.  There are conventional throat dampers that sits right above the firebox or a top sealing damper. Top sealing dampers mount on top of the chimney and seals with a rubber gasket. There is a cable that runs down the flue attaching in the firebox for access. Top sealing dampers are favored because they can save you money on heating and air conditioning costs and help prevent

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Chimney Cap

A Chimney Cap sits on top of the chimney and has several functions. The first is to keep debris, leaves, branches and most animals from entering the chimney potentially causing the flue to become blocked.  A blocked chimney will keep by-products of combustion from properly exiting the flue and, should they enter the home, can be harmful.

Chimney caps can also significantly reduce the amount of rain that enters the chimney through the peak, and therefore, slow down the rate of deterioration compared to a chimney unsheltered to water.

A chimney cap can also act like a spark arrestor helping keep sparks from leaving your chimney and ending up on your roof.

A well-made and properly sized chimney cap gives a great finish to your chimney and adds beauty to your home.

Clay Pots

Very often homeowners will place clay chimney pots atop the chimney of their home to give their home that simple touch of elegance and distinction. It is important to note that the chimney pot should be properly sized to function with the standard use of the chimney. An added benefit of a chimney pot is the additional height it offers a chimney, thus helping in situations where there is a poor draw.

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Chase Covers

The top part of a wooden chimney chase has a metal protective covering on top.  A lot of the times, we find this piece to be made of galvanized steel, and when it gets old, it rusts.  We can replace the chase cover with a new stainless steel covering that will continue to protect the top of the chimney, and will last a lifetime.

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