You’ve decided that you want to add a fireplace and chimney to your home – or you already have a chimney and know it’s in such a state of disrepair that you’ll need to just start from the top and do a complete rebuild. It seems like this would be a pretty straightforward task, using mortar to put the bricks together. But before you tackle this on your own, make sure you consider some of the following.

Things to Consider

Operating Masonry Chimneys - Chicago IL - Jiminy Chimney MasonryFirst, do you really understand how a chimney works? It seems like it’s pretty simple – just a tunnel of bricks and mortar that guide the smoke from your fireplace right out of the house. There’s actually more to it than that. Not only does your chimney draw the byproducts of your fire out of the house, it also brings air into the chimney to create a draft that is necessary for combustion to occur. Generally speaking, the taller the chimney, the greater the draft. So the height of your chimney is definitely something that you’ll want to take into consideration before you begin.

There are also more components than just bricks and mortar. The flue is another important part of this system because it actually acts as a liner to your chimney, helping direct the gases out while protecting the masonry and bricks from these corrosive gases. The flue must be sized correctly so that your heating appliance runs at optimum efficiency.

Before you begin any type of building project like this, you’ll want to check your city’s building codes. Every area has different rules and regulations, and they are there for a reason. Check before you start so that you avoid trouble with local authorities later!

Operation Considerations

There are also some things that you should know about keeping your chimney operating correctly between annual inspections. If you have a wood-burning appliance, keep in mind that hotter burning fires are better when it comes to creosote buildup. A slow burning, cooler fire will actually cause creosote to build up at a faster rate.

Also, check your chimney from time to time to make sure that the external portions of your chimney and any visible pieces between the appliance and the flue are connected correctly. If you see anything that doesn’t look right, call your chimney professional so they can come in and make sure everything is working correctly.

Annual Inspection

Constructing a masonry chimney may seem like an easy job, but before you actually go out and buy the materials, make sure that you are up to the task. Remember, a chimney is an important piece of construction that can have serious destructive consequences if not done correctly. For some jobs, it’s best to call in the professionals, and if you haven’t had experience in masonry, this is that type of job. Call the professionals at .Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair to build your chimney and you’ll know that the job will be done right. Your home and your family will be kept safe and sound when you trust Jiminy Chimney to do the job!