What is the standard size of a fireplace opening?


Do all fireplace inserts have blowers?

Inserts are available for burning wood (or wood pellets) or for burning gas. Gas inserts can be direct vent, natural vent or vent-free. Almost all inserts come with a blower, though for some, it is an optional addition.

Do you have to use the blower on a fireplace?

Yes, you can run your fireplace without a blower. Since the blower is on the unit’s exterior, it does not affect the unit’s fuel efficiency or drafting. It is a tool to help circulate the heat and provide warmth further into the home.

Do you really need a chimney liner?

There are three principle reasons you may need a chimney liner: A) because your chimney has no clay tile chimney liner (older chimneys may not); B) the clay tile chimney liner is damaged; C) a chimney liner is required for optimal performance and safety because you are installing a new heating unit (stove or furnace) …

Can I use my fireplace without a damper?

Your fireplace probably has a damper. And while older wood-burning fireplaces can function safely without a damper (gas fireplaces cannot), a chimney without a damper is just a gaping hole in the roof of your house. It’s a gateway for frigid air to enter and for heated air to escape in the winter.

Can I install a fireplace insert without a liner?

These installations are no longer considered safe and in many areas it is no longer permissible to install inserts in this way. Inserts without full liners must be removed from the firebox before the chimney can be swept, so the sweep can have access to the areas behind the insert and to the top of the insert itself.

What is the difference between fireplace and insert?

Fireplaces will have large viewing areas and box dimensions because they are designed to be built into new construction and not limited by the existing fireplace opening size. A fireplace insert is basically a stove, wood or gas, that is designed to be inserted into a fireplace that is already there.

Do potato peelings clean your chimney?

In all honesty, however, the old wise tale about burning potato peelings/skins does in fact help. Although you still need to have your chimney cleaned regularly, because even potato peels won’t prevent the chimney from getting dirty, but it will help decrease chances of a chimney fire due to creosote.

How long do fireplace inserts last?

20-30 years

What is the largest fireplace insert?

The Biltmore is the largest wood burning fireplace in the industry….Biltmore 50.

Are all fireplace inserts the same size?

Fireplace inserts are not one-size-fits-all. They must be the right dimensions for your particular space, so measure the height, width and depth of your fireplace from the back wall to the front opening. Use those specs to ensure a proper fit. This is a major factor when choosing the right size fireplace insert.

What type of fireplace insert is best?

For the budget-conscious, a wood-burning fireplace insert is probably the wisest choice, because wood is less expensive to burn than gas. Additionally, a wood fire in an insert produces far less smoke than in a traditional “open” fireplace.

How do you size a fireplace insert?

To determine the right size, measure the following: opening height; opening width; opening depth (top and bottom); rear width and the depth of the hearth (area in front of fireplace). LOCATION: A fireplace insert needs to be placed in an existing masonry or factory-built fireplace with a working chimney.

How do you calculate the opening of a fireplace?

Step 1: Find the cross-sectional area of the fireplace opening. Multiply the W=36″ X H=30″ and that equals 1080 square inches of fireplace opening. Step 2: If you are using a round liner and the chimney height is more than 8′ above the fireplace opening you can divide the 1080 by 12. This amount equals 90″.

How do I choose the right size fireplace?

Regardless of heat output or TV size, the size of the fireplace should suit the size of the room. A small fireplace will be lost in a large space. Likewise, a large fireplace could overpower a tiny room. However, we see clients going too small far more often than going too big.

What is the standard size of a fireplace opening?

The standard fireplace opening averages between 24 – 36 inches wide, 24 – 29 inches high, and about 16 inches deep. The distance from the hearth to the fireplace damper should be about 37 inches. The rear of the firebox should be 11 – 19 inches wide and right at 14 inches high.