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Should You Restore Your Fireplace To A Working Condition?

Do you want to restore an inactive fireplace back to a working condition? There are many reasons you might want to do so. However, a fireplace comes with a lot responsibility. You should give it serious thought before you commit having it turned on.

Is Your Reason for Restoring the Fireplace Worth the Effort?

Why do you want to restore your fireplace? Is it for a one-time event? Or, do you plan to regularly use the fireplace? If you plan for rare or one-time usage, you may want to reconsider. A fireplace requires effort. You will need to

  • regularly perform maintenance
  • and have it occasionally looked at by a professional.

If you want to use it, but aren’t sure how you can use it often enough to justify the restoration, here are a few ideas.

Cook with itUsing a fireplace for cuisine can help you come up with a whole new way to enjoy your favorite foods, especially if you enjoy grilled or smoked foods.

Add ambiance with it – An active fireplace changes the entire atmosphere of a room or space, especially if you use aromatic wood.

Help heat your home with it – A fireplace can help you save money on your heating costs, especially if you spend more time in the space that houses the fireplace.

Finding a reason to make regular use of a fireplace goes a long way towards justifying the work required.

What’s Required for Reactivating and Maintaining a Fireplace

To start, you need a professional fireplace contractor to see if your inactive fireplace is still viable. They will have to figure out if it’s a

  • gas,
  • wood,
  • or electric fireplace.

Each type of fireplace operates differently. If it’s an old fireplace in a fairly modern home, you need to make sure it’s in sync with how the rest of your home consumes energy.

The fireplace may need conversion from one of those types to another for activation. They will also have to make sure each part of the fireplace works, or can be made to work. It can sometimes take quite the investment of effort.

Once reactivated, you will have to make sure you keep your fireplace active, safe, and free of problems. Unless you know what you’re doing, you should not attempt to restore fireplaces yourself. If you do, make sure you have a professional inspect it before you attempt to use it.