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Improve Fireplace Heat Efficiency With a Fireback

December 19, 2011, by Ken Jorgustin

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Fireplaces are not very heat efficient when it comes to the overall efficiencies of home heating. A fireplace will certainly heat up a room very nicely, but the reality is that most of the heat goes up the chimney.

One way to improve the heat that enters the room is to add a ‘fireback’. A fireback is a metal plate that sits at the rear of the fireplace. Typically they are made of either solid cast-iron or stainless steel. They are designed to absorb heat from the fire and radiate it back into the room, making the fireplace much more efficient at heating the house.

Firebacks are designed to rest on the floor of the hearth, but fireback supports are sometimes used to hold the fireback upright and raise it off the hearth floor. Not only can they be decorative, but they will increase the life of the firebox and helping to prevent further damage to an aging fireplace.

Examples of Efficient Heating With Firebacks For Your Fireplace

 

So, while we transition into the winter months, you could take better advantage of your wood burning fireplace and improve its heat efficiency while basking in the glow of your crackling fire…

 

By the way, an even better way to greatly improve your fireplace heat efficiency is by using an insert, such as a wood-burning-stove that is fitted to insert into your existing fireplace. It’s quite an investment ($), but it truly is the way to go if you burn wood fires a lot.

 

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