Consider Adding a Fireback to Your Fireplace

Your fireplace should be the focal point of the room, but over the years, it can begin to look dated. If you are considering ways to update the appearance of your fireplace, you may want to think about adding a fireback. Years ago, the fireback was a must-have, and this hearth accessory is being rediscovered today as a way to not only update the appearance of a fireplace but also to improve its heating efficiency. Since 1986, Ace Chimney Sweeps has been the best place in the Elkton, MD area to find everything you need for the perfect fireplace, and 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 consider adding one of these to your fireplace. 

What exactly is a fireback?

According to Old House Web, a fireback is a plate, typically made from cast iron, that is placed behind a fire to protect the masonry materials in the firebox from the extremely high temperatures of the fire and to reflect more heat from the fire into the room. 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. Our staff at Ace Chimney Sweeps can help you find the perfect size and design for your fireback to be functional and aesthetically pleasing.

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, and after it has been placed in your fireplace, you will 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 the 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, including a wide variety of firebacks. Contact us today to make an appointment with our expert staff. We are here for all of your professional chimney and fireplace needs.

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