Adequate sealing of a fireplace can be extremely important, especially if the fireplace is often used in the home for purposes of heating. Leaks can occur in every home furnace, and are caused by wrong installation, careless use (when using moist wood), or just a long exploitation. High temperature itself can cause leakage. So how to restore fireplace’s full functionality? With Steigner’s fireplace sealing ropes.
The fireplace often is used at home as part of the central heating system. In many cases it can be a relatively cheap alternative to gas furnaces. So if you are considering supplying heat to the house by burning wood in the fireplace, you should also think about securing it from leaks. In particular, make sure that it is sealed with fireplace sealing ropes.
In a well-sealed fireplace wood or briquette burns longer, therefore the heat is also released longer. The average efficiency of heating from one piece of wood is higher. When you have a properly sealed off fireplace, the oxygen used in the combustion process is sucked in from the chimney, where smoke also succeeds. If leaks occur, then the air can also be taken from the heated rooms, and as a result, the smell of smoke can spread around the house, which is, of course, very undesirable.
When sealing fireplaces, grills and low-temperature ovens, two products are used most often: fibreglass and aluminosilicate. Let us examine their basic distinguishing features.
Steigner offer includes fibreglass ropes and tapes. This material can withstand constant temperatures up to approx. 550°C (1022°F), and starts to soften at approx. 840°C (1544°F). The tape is easy to assemble because it is flat and self-adhesive. The rope has a round cross-section, is woven and it’s installation requires precision. It is worth remembering that the fibreglass irritates skin, eyes and respiratory tract. It is therefore necessary to ensure protection during installation (it is advisable to wear protective gloves and googles).
Ceramic ropes, products made of aluminosilicate, have greater resistance – they withstand heat gusts of up to 1800°C (3272°F) and a constant temperatures of up to 1260°C (2300°F). In addition, installation of this seal is simpler because it has a square shape. Aluminium silicate is also be harmful, so caution is advised as in the case of fibreglass.
Sealants for fireplaces, grills or low temperature ovens (sold on Amazon) are available in various sizes. The round fibreglass ropes have diameters from 6 to 14 mm. They are available in white and grey. Ceramic sealing cords have a square cross-section which dimensions range from 6×6 mm to even 40×40 mm. Tapes come in three different sizes. You can also choose the length of each product.
Over the years, materials wear out, especially under the influence of heat, that’s why there are leaks in the fireplace – small cracks, crevices, etc. They reduce the efficiency of a fireplace and the comfort of using our home furnace. Adequate sealing is therefore an investment that will pay off in the long run.