web analytics

Super Bowl Challenge

2016FireChiefSuperBowl

The Fire Chiefs of Charlotte and Denver have agreed to a Super Bowl Challenge that has the potential to save lives.

The outcome of Fire Chief Super Bowl 50 will determine which city’s Fire Chief will receive 200 smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for installation in needy homes in his city. But like the Super Bowl where even the losers get Super Bowl rings, the losing team’s city’s Fire Chief will receive 50 of the alarms to donate in his city.

But the Fire Chief Super Bowl Challenge doesn’t end with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms: The losing city’s Fire Chief is required to install those 50 alarms while wearing the winning team’s jersey!

Super Bowl Challenge Fire Chief

Eric Tade,
Denver Fire Chief

Super Bowl challenge Fire Chief

Jon B. Hannon
Charlotte Fire Chiel

Both Eric Tade, the Denver Fire Chief, and Jon B. Hannon, Charlotte’s Fire Chief, understand that this friendly Fire Chief Super Bowl Challenge is a winner regardless of which team wins. Having a working smoke alarm in a home increases the occupants’ chances of survival by 50 per cent!

According to The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Fire Chief Jon Hannan said he was “confident our Carolina Panthers will bring home the trophy, and Chief (Eric) Tade will look great wearing our blue and black.”

The combination smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarms involved in the Super Bowl Challenge are Kidde Worry-Free 10-year sealed battery smoke-carbon monoxide alarms.

 combination smoke-carbon monoxide alarm for the Fire Chief Super Bowl Challenge

Posted in Safety

Outside Chimney Cap Measure

Outside chimney cap measure guide - how to measure for an outside mount chimney cap

Outside Mount or Outside Chimney Cap Measure Guide:
What to Measure to Get the Right Fit –

vertical skirt attaches to outside of chimneyOutside mount chimney caps fit over the entire chimney, like the lid on a shoe box. The Vertical Skirt on Outside Mount chimney caps attach to the sides of the chimney with screws or chimney cap adhesive. Many people prefer the nicely finished look these chimney caps provide.

outside chimney cap measure to get the right fitBecause chimneys are hand made, their dimensions often vary a bit. Most outside mount chimney caps are custom made because of variations in chimney dimensions. Such custom made chimney caps can be constructed of stainless steel or copper with the design features you want, such as a hip and ridge top and a vertical skirt of the height you specify. The stainless steel can be powdercoat finished with an exterior grade paint in your choice of color.

styles outside chimney cap measure for fit

Only Band-Around Chimney Caps are available in stock sizes as well as custom sizes. These Band-Around Chimney Caps tighten at each corner of the chimney for a secure fit. The stock sizes of the Band-Around Chimney Caps are made of aluminum. Custom Band-Around Chimney Caps can be constructed with aluminum or stainless steel.

Custom band-around chimney cap

Custom band-around chimney cap

Use the outside mount or outside chimney cap measure guide below to get all the right measurement you need for a chimney cap that covers a chimney like a shoe box lid and attaches to the vertical sides:

What to Measure:
For a Stock or Custom Band-Around Chimney Cap, you will need these measurement:For an outside mount chimney cap, measure the longest side first, then measure each successive side going CLOCKWISE.

•     Start with the longest side of your chimney. Measure it using a metal measure. Then, going in a clockwise direction, measure each of the other sides.

•     Measure the height of your tallest flue. To assure good drafting of your fireplace, select a Screen Height (see yellow arrow on diagram below) at least 5 inches taller than your tallest flue.

Outside mount or outside chimney cap measure guide

For a Custom Outside Mount Chimney Cap you will ALSO need these measurements:

•     Measure how far down the side of the chimney you want the chimney cap to cover. This is referred to as the Vertical Skirt Height (see blue arrow on diagram above) and a 3 inch vertical skirt height is standard.

•     Measure for your chimney cap’s Horizontal Skirt Width (see green arrow on diagram above.) The standard for horizontal skirt width is two inches and will work fine as long as none of your flues is within two inches of the edge of the chimney.

•     Measure for your chimney cap’s Lid Overhang (see purple arrow on diagram above.) The lid overhang serves like the eaves on a house. The standard overhang is 3 inches, but you may wish to make it larger (up to 7 inches) to give your chimney cap better visual proportions if you have a wide horizontal skirt width and a screen height taller than 12 inches.

•     Select a standard, flat lid (such as the one on the diagram above) or a lid with a pitch. See Lid Styles A through J below. The first number above each diagram, such as 3/12, is the roof pitch and the second number, such as 14o, is the degree of the roof’s angle.

lid pitch selection for outside mount chimney caps

•     Select stainless steel or copper for your chimney cap’s material. Stainless steel can be powdercoat painted with a color of your choice.

•     Select standard 3/4″ mesh screening or a tighter, 5/8″ mesh screening if you live in California or in an area at risk for wildfires.

Posted in Fireplace and Chimney Maintenance Tagged with: ,

How to Wall Mount a Fireback

Georgian Shell Fireback by Pennsylvania Firebacks

Traditionally used in the back of fireplaces to radiate heat out into the room, cast iron firebacks are increasingly popular as wall decorations.   While used both indoors and out, kitchens, especially over the range, are a probably the most popular place to mount a fireback.  They make a stunning focal point on a backsplash.

Cast of iron with both modern and traditional patterns and designs featuring everything from animals to plants to coats of arms to flags, firebacks come in arched topped, square, and rectangular shapes.

Antique ones are available, but replicas created with original molds have all the charm of the antiques at a more reasonable price.  To appeal to current aesthetics, firebacks with less complex designs have been developed in recent years.

Whether you have plaster, drywall, brick, stone, or tiled walls, you can mount a cast Iron fireback on the wall.  Although they can be attached to the wall during new construction or remodeling, they can also be mounted within existing homes.  However, due to their substantial weight (even small ones can start at 45 pounds), they require special mounting considerations.

TIPS

  • To support their weight, always attach to wall studs or framing on drywall.
  • Use appropriate molly bolts or screws for the type of wall to which you will be attaching the mounting hardware.  As an example, for a masonry wall, use Tapcon screws.

Below are five possible ways to attach, fasten or mount a fireback to a wall or as a kitchen backsplash.

Mount a Fireback with Wall Brackets

Attach Firebacks with Wall BracketsMounting the fireback with wall J brackets has the advantage that it can even be used with brick or stone walls.  The disadvantage, that the brackets are visible, can be mitigated by having a local blacksmith custom craft ones to work with your room’s style or by painting them to match the fireback.

 

Recess Mounting for Firebacks

Use Cast Iron Rated Construction Adhesive to Mount FirebacksIf you want one recessed, between the studs nail a sturdy board at least the length and width of the fireback.   Use PL Premium Construction Adhesive (or a similar product rated for cast iron and your weight load) to attach the fireback to the sturdy board.  Then the tiles or other decorative surrounds can be added.

Unfortunately, this mounting method is not appropriate for very heavy firebacks.

Mount a Fireback with Angle Iron and Construction Adhesive

Use Angle Iron and Construction Adhesive to Mount FirebacksCut an angle iron to match the width of your fireback.  Molly bolt or screw the angle iron to the studs or framing.  Then, positioning the fireback on the angle iron, use PL Premium Construction Adhesive to affix it to the wall.  The angle iron will help support and distribute the weight.

Mount a Fireback with Heavy-Duty Mirror Hangers

how to fasten fireback to wallHangman Heavy-Duty Mirror and Picture Hangers will hold up to 300 pounds. One of the mounting pieces affixes to the back of the fireback and the other to the wall. A removable bubble level is included so you can mount a fireback level instead of off kilter.

 

Float Mounting

Universal Z-Bar Heavy Duty Hanging HardwareUniversal Z-Bar picture hanging hardware is designed to support heavy metal art and will float the cast iron work of art up to an inch off the wall for more depth.  It has a Z bracket that attaches to the wall and a U bracket that attaches to the back of the fireback.  The U bracket then interlocks into the Z bracket.

 

 

 

 

Consult with your builder for the best mounting option given your particular setting, fireback, and preferences.

Posted in Decorating Tagged with:

How Chimney Fans Work

How chimney fans work

Chimney fans work by employing mechanical venting to overcome fireplace and chimney gravity drafting deficits. When they are turned on, chimney fans, attached atop the chimneys, create a partial vacuum in chimneys . Exhaust gases from the wood or gas fireplace rush into that vacuum and flow up the chimney and out the sides of the vents in the fan.

Difference Between Gravity Venting and Mechanical Venting

Open-fired hearing appliances like fireplaces can be vented by gravity venting or mechanical venting.

Gravity venting is also called natural venting. To create a draft, gravity venting uses the difference in gravity of cold vs. warm air. The disadvantages of gravity venting alone is that it is very sensitive to indoor and outdoor temperatures, barometric pressure, wind, and airflow obstructions within and around the chimney and house.

Mechanical venting uses a fan or blower in-line or at the termination point to create a proper draft. The mechanical venting can overcome any problems of gravity venting and can adapt to changing conditions such as exterior winds or temperatures. An Exhausto – Enervex chimney fan is a powerful type of mechanical venting.

How Chimney Fans Work

 how chimney fans work - Enervex chimney fan parts

A chimney fan is installed on the top of the chimney, over the flue. It is wired to the home’s 110 volt electrical system and managed by use of a variable speed control that is like a dimmer switch. The switch is normally installed close to the fireplace so its operator and see the results of the adjustments he or she makes. When the fan is turned on, it lowers the air pressure in the chimney, creating a partial vacuum. The exhaust gases rush into the vacuum and flow out of the vents in the sides of the fan.

The homeowner can regulate the ‘pull’ of the fan by adjusting the variable speed control switch. This clever feature allows one to make the flames burn higher or lower, at will, by regulating the speed of the fan.

The chimney fan, by the way, also serves as a chimney cap, keeping rain and snow out of the chimney. The screen sides prevent critters such as birds, squirrels, and raccoons from entering your home via the chimney and fireplace.

Due to the wiring required, we recommend chimney fans be installed by a licensed electrician.

What Fireplaces Are Compatible with Chimney Fans

Now that you know how chimney fans work, is your particular fireplace and chimney compatible with the use of a chimney fan?

Chimney fans will work on the following types of fireplaces and chimneys:

  • Wood-fired fireplaces with single or multiple flue;
  • Gas-fired fireplaces with single or multiple flues or with dampers;
  • Wood stoves and fireplace inserts;
  • Single or multiple-sided fireplaces;
  • Outdoor fireplaces; and
  • Pizza ovens.

 

Enervex Chimney Fans are Guaranteed to Work!

Enervex Chimney Fans come with a six-month money-back guarantee. If one does not solve your chimney draft problem, you can return it within six months and receive a complete refund. In addition, the Enervex Chimney Fans have a ten-year warranty against corrosion and a two-year warranty against defects in workmanship and materials.

Posted in Using Your Fireplace Tagged with:
Page 5 of 51« First...34567...102030...Last »