Valley Chimney can turn your old fireplace into something new and modern or refurbished and safe. Abandoning your existing fireplace for a newer more efficient fireplace insert or freestanding stove might be a great solution to your non-working fireplace and a great added value to your home. Not to mention, it adds a new, efficient heat source. But, before you start from scratch, there are some major cost benefits to utilizing your old masonry fireplace and existing venting to run your new woodstove or fireplace insert.
Although there are a number of DIY websites out there with instructions on how to install your own fireplace insert or how to install your wood stove, we remind you DIYers that you are dealing with fire. Your safety and security could be in jeopardy if your installation is done improperly.
There are specific standards and codes to installation that need to be followed, particular flue materials to be purchased, as well as specific venting rules that help avoid problems or safety issues. If you are not comfortable with these guidelines, we recommend you give us a call. We are certified in the latest techniques and we know the codes inside and out. Not only will you eliminate the headache of trying to install your wood stove or fireplace insert yourself, but you’ll have peace of mind knowing your home is safe.
Utilizing our training, education and experience, Valley Chimney’s Certified Chimney Sweeps® will consider national codes and standards, as well as local building codes for properly and safely installing your wood stove. Whether you are connecting your wood stove to the existing fireplace flue or venting a new area for a wood stove, we will get it up and running, safe and warm.
Fireplace inserts are essentially gas or wood burning stoves that fit into masonry fireplaces. Not to be confused with factory-built fireplaces that are prefabricated to metal boxes with refractory bricks that are framed into a house.
When installing or hiring someone to install your fireplace insert or stove, make sure:
There is a properly sized liner from the top of the chimney down to the stove/insert.
The brand and model of the insert/stove you are purchasing is listed as fitting your home’s particular fireplace.
The manufacturer specifications and instructions for installation are followed to the T.
If the above items are not followed, your house could be at risk. If you have questions about getting a fireplace insert installed, questioning the installation of your insert/stove, or deciding what to do next, give us a call and we can help clear up your confusion.