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Fireplaces and heating


There is nothing quite like a fire burning in a fireplace to make a room comfortable during the winter.

Unfortunately, there are many fireplaces that cannot be used because they either fail to burn or they smoke to such a degree as to be unserviceable.


The primary reason for most fireplaces not operating well is poor construction.

Either the chimney is too short, or the dimensions of the smoke chamber and fireplace opening are not correct.

It is sometimes possible for the home mechanic to correct the latter error by building up each side of the fireplace opening with bricks, but he should first have an expert on fireplaces make an examination and recommend the steps necessary to correct the faults.

The draft

If the fireplace smokes only when first lit, a lighted piece of paper thrust into the fireplace throat will warm the air and start the draft working.


The kind of wood used in the fireplace will also have an effect on how well the fire burns and how much heat it produces. Soft woods, such as pine, will ignite quickly and burn fast, without supplying much heat. These are best for starting the fire. Hardwoods burn slowly and will give considerable heat.

Heating a home



  • Boilers
  • Chimneys
  • Coal furnace
  • Condensation
  • Fireplaces
  • Fuel economy
  • Furnace damper
  • Heat loss
  • Home insulating
  • Hot water
  • Insulation
  • Oil burners
  • Maintenance
  • Radiators
  • Regulators
  • Steam heating
  • Thermostat
  • Warm air
  • Winterproofing
  • Wood burning
  • Home Construction