Fireplace Installation

A fireplace is placed in the wall, often between pieces of stone. Then a flue is installed – which goes through the outside wall and exits the home. A piece called a mantle goes on top of the burning stove. This looks decorative but it also helps to move air from outside into the fire place so that all smoke and fumes are also vented outside. From there, special vents called chimneys can help guide all of this smoke and fumes out the top of the home.

To install a fireplace, first make sure that you have all necessary components including flue pieces, fireproof material, etc. Second , an expert should be hired to determine where the best place is within the room to install the fireplace – this will be based on location and measurements. Third , the installation team should then begin assembling all parts (which may include cutting or drilling into walls). Once complete, they run through dry runs to ensure that everything is operational. Finally , when done with installation, the home owner should call for a smoke test to ensure that all dangers have been removed.

Smoke Test

A smoke test is a safety check when the fireplace has been installed and ready to use, but before it has been used by its owners for the first time. This is because when a fire heats up in a new fireplace for the first time, there can be an issue with debris burning in the fire place which has not yet had a chance to burn off. This can cause smoke to build up inside of the home, which will damage property and may even be dangerous – especially if there are children or animals inside. The problem is that removing these fumes can sometimes be too difficult for homeowners. Therefore, it’s important that all fumes are removed before using the fireplace.

To complete a smoke test, simply place kerosene in the fire place and light it on fire, filling the home with fumes – which will then hopefully all safely vent outside. However, if this does not occur, call an expert to come take care of the problem. (

If you are considering installing a fireplace yourself, do not attempt this! Instead, call professionals in the field. (

This is because improper installation can lead to many problems including:

  • Smoke building up inside of the home and in small spaces such as attics and crawlspaces where it may stay for a long period of time and cause damage or health issues
  • Improperly installed vents may cause carbon monoxide to build up in the home
  • Faulty installation can also lead to fires if components are not properly assembled or fitted together. If you do not use a professional company to install your fireplace, there is a very high risk that it will be improperly installed.

When hiring an installation team for your fireplace, ask them about their qualifications and history, if they are insured or bonded (meaning that they have the money necessary to cover harm that might come from their work), and what the final price will be. ( Remember that it is important to be careful with your money and choose a fireplace company wisely so you do not pay too much for low quality service.