Whether installed in a bedroom, living room or even a kitchen, a built in fireplace offers plenty of value to any home. This type of fireplace is installed into the wall, as the name implies. Unlike freestanding fireplaces which can be placed anywhere, these fireplaces require professional installation. In this guide, we take a closer look at the worst places that you could install a built in fireplace. Keep reading to find out where not to install your fireplace.
Where Not to Install Your Built In Fireplace
Unlike open fireplaces, built in models retain heat in a way that ensures optimal safety. With that said, it is still always a good idea to put a bit of thought into the location you choose for this type of fireplace. Some of the worst places to install a built in fireplace include the following:
Directly next to built in cupboards.
Open fires should never be placed too close to wood or any other flammable material. Although closed combustion fireplaces are typically safer, with no risk of sparks or hot ash, it is still best to ensure that your fireplace is not placed directly next to cupboards. Every unit has a specification which indicates the “safe distance to combustible materials. For built-in units that distance is about 600mm. This distance can however be reduced by using insulation boards and materials. Despite these great materials which can protect your cupboards, it is always good practice to stay a little further away from such wood cupboards.
In a poorly ventilated room.
It is also good to ensure that there the room you place your built in unit has sufficient ventilation, with air vents and windows or at least one source of airflow. Unlike open fireplaces, closed combustion fireplaces have the ability to burn at a far higher degree of heat. Even though there are no fumes to worry about, closed combustion fireplaces and stoves use a small amount of oxygen from the room, that’s why it is recommended to have a fresh air supply near the fire, or alternatively to utilise an external air connection. External air connection is a duct which connects the fireplace combustion air directly to the outside. Installing your fireplace this way ensures that the unit never uses any of the oxygen in the room
Directly next to plug points.
Once again, this type of fireplace does not pose the same risk as an open fireplace, which can emit sparks, ash, smoke and other potential hazards. With that said, it is always best to err on the side of caution. As these fireplaces heat up quickly and maintain heat for long periods of time, it is best to keep them within a safe distance of electrical outlets, plug points, or wires and electrical conduits, as the extreme heat of the closed combustion units may melt the electrical equipment.
A location where chimney or flue access is difficult or impossible
Most important of all, it is never a good idea to install a fireplace into a position where neither a flue or chimney can be easily added during the installation. Attempting to install the fireplace yourself without experience can be extremely dangerous due to numerous aspects. Always get help from an expert who is able to prepare the position such that fires can be made safely. This will prevent any risk of house fires and also help you get the most from your fireplace for many years to come.
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