Gas, Electric and Wood Fireplaces — July 29, 2013 at 8:28 pm

“My Contractor is Installing my Fireplace…”

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Not to discredit all contractors out there, but many times this choice produces expensive and even dangerous results.

We receive service requests everyday by clients who have had a fireplace installed by their contractor. Sometimes it’s just a matter of replacing a part, other times it requires demolition.

Here are examples of how a fireplace can be improperly installed:

Direct Vent Fireplace Pipe is manufactured double-walled. Here, the unauthorized installer penetrated the vent pipe to create an alternate fresh air source. WRONG! DANGEROUS!

LEFT: The fireplace venting is installed at a proper distance from combustible materials.
RIGHT: Direct Vent Fireplace Pipe is manufactured double-walled. Here, the unauthorized installer penetrated the vent pipe to create an alternate fresh air source. WRONG! DANGEROUS!

 

Each manufacturer specifies combustible clearances from the fireplace and venting. Here, the contractor did not maintain the correct clearances making this installation WRONG! DANGEROUS!

LEFT: Each manufacturer specifies combustible clearances from the fireplace and venting. Here, the contractor did not maintain the correct clearances making this installation WRONG! DANGEROUS!
RIGHT: Fireplace venting is secured and braced to noncombustible materials.

 

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