Your fireplace should be the focal point of the room. However, over the years, it can begin to look dated. If you are considering updates to the appearance of your fireplace, you may want to add a fireback. Years ago, the fireback was a must-have, but nowadays, this hearth accessory is making a comeback. It is a way to update the appearance of a fireplace, and it also improves its heating efficiency.

Since 1986, Ace Chimney Sweeps has been the best place in the Elkton, MD area to find everything for your fireplace. You will find a wide selection of firebacks in our beautiful 6,000 square foot showroom. We would like to answer a few questions about firebacks to help you understand what they are and if you need one in your home. 

What exactly is a fireback?

a roaring fireAccording to Old House Web, a fireback is a plate. They are made from cast iron, and they are put behind a fire to protect the masonry materials in the firebox. This helps to reflect the extremely high temperatures and heat from the fire back into your home. 

Firebacks are especially popular in Pennsylvania Dutch homes. A fireback can also be a sculptural accent, as most plates were pressed with designs, such as coats-of-arms, floral motifs, and historical and allegorical scenes. At Ace Chimney Sweeps, we can help you find the perfect size and design for your fireback.

How do I care for my fireback?

As cast iron is fragile, your new fireback should always be handled with care. You can count on the professionals from Ace Chimney Sweeps to install your fireback. After it is inside your fireplace, you need to cure the cast iron plate by building several small successive fires. This step is very important as excessive initial heating can rapidly expand uncured cast iron, which can lead to cracking of your fireback. To clean your fireback, we recommend using a wire brush. You can polish your fireback with stove polish to prolong its life and enhance its appearance. 

Considering an update to your fireplace? Ace Chimney Sweeps would like to invite you to our beautiful showroom to check out your options. Contact us today to make an appointment with our expert staff. We are here for all of your professional chimney and fireplace needs!