• Ten Little Known Facts About the Fireplace

    Ten Little Known Facts About the Fireplace

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    Although it has evolved and changed over time, the fireplace has been a standard in many homes for hundreds of years. It is what keeps our toes warm and toasty on those cold Chicago nights and the place we gather around as a family. The mechanics of the standard fireplace may seem basic and boring but there is more to the hearth than what meets the eye.

    • Archeologists have discovered that even our long lost relatives used ancient fire pits. There is evidence of prehistoric man-made fires on all five continents.
    • Chimneys were not used until the 11th and 12th centuries in northern Europe.
    • Benjamin Franklin invented the convection chamber of the fireplace making the standard fireplace more efficient.
    • Chimney fires burn hot! A chimney fire can reach up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • The tallest chimney in the world won’t be found in the US. The GRES-2 Power Station in Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan holds this title at 1,377 feet tall. It was built in 1987.
    • Taller chimneys are best. The taller the structure the better the draft leading to a more efficient, enjoyable fire.
    • Ever wonder why your home never gets filled with smoke? It’s because the warm air surrounding the fireplace rises and drafts the smoke up the chimney with it.
    • Use white oak or hickory as the fuel for your fire and you will enjoy less trips to the woodpile. These hardwoods are denser allowing them to burn longer than other species of wood.
    • Stinky chimney? Smelly chimneys are often dirty ones, too. The smell comes from creosote that has built up on the chimney walls. It is also a sign that you’re in need of a certified chimney cleaning.
    • Although metal chimney liners are the new standard, some existing liners may be constructed of terra cotta.

    One of the best ways to keep your fire always burning warmly is to properly maintain and service your Chicago fireplace. For nearly fifty years, Lindemann Chimney Service has been assisting homeowners throughout the sprawling Chicago suburbs with all of their chimney cleaning and repair needs. Our expert approach to chimney service has made us one of the most trusted chimney sweeps in Chicago and we hope to be yours soon! Contact us today to schedule your in-home appointment.

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