Fireplace Installation Advice

When it comes to wood-burning fireplaces, there are a plethora of fireplace accessories to choose from to make your experience much more pleasurable.

However, to ensure that the fire itself burns at its optimum and is most efficient in delivering the heat that you expect, there’s one accessory that’s of the utmost importance-the lowly grate.Because it’s seldom in full view and certainly not the most decorative item, it seldom gets much attention beyond possibly making sure that the fireplace actually has one ( So why do you even need one?

So Many Functions

A grate has a number of functions but its primary one is to lift the wood off the base of the fireplace floor, thus allowing air to be pulled in from underneath and giving a much better quality burn. In effect, this supercharges your fire with air which makes it hotter and far more efficient.

The remainder of burned pieces of wood then fall through the openings in the grate, which in turn create a bed of very hot coals and subsequently ensure a more complete burn. ( In the process, the wood remaining in the grate is burned from the bottom up and, as a result, you don’t need to constantly adjust the wood once it’s placed on your grate.

In addition, the wood on the grate sits higher up and closer to your chimney, which helps in drafting the smoke and fumes out through the chimney rather than into your house.

By sitting off the fireplace floor, a grate keeps the intense heat of the fire off the floor and protects your concrete, in turn adding life to your fireplace ( Finally, the grate makes for less work on your part. By allowing air to circulate under the wood, you’ll find that it’s far easier to start a fire. The shape of the grate-curled in front and back-assists in cradling the firewood, keeping it in one spot, and continuously forcing the wood into the center of the grate.

There’s no need to constantly move the wood around since you simply add wood when more is needed, thus preventing hot embers from popping up and burning the fireplace floor. To think that a simple, nondescript fireplace accessory can do all of tha