The Importance of Refractory Panels

Wood Burning Fireplace TipsDuring your last chimney inspection, did your sweep mention a cracked refractory panel? Did you even know you had or what a refractory panel is? Educating yourself about your fireplace is essential to home safety. Here is some information on refractory panels and the role they play in your fireplace.

What is a Refractory Panel?
Refractory panels are made with heat resistant materials for added protection against the hottest fires and reducing the chance of a chimney fire. There are typically four refractory panel sheets of brick fitted to the sides and back of the fireplace’s walls.

How do they work?
Refractory panels are designed to reflect the fire’s heat back into the living area, allowing for extra warmth. An additional benefit is your firebox gains added protection from dangerous heat.

When do Refractory Panels need to be replaced?
Anytime there is a crack in your refractory panel, it’s time to replace it. If the crack is all the way through the refractory panel, it must be replaced immediately, as cracked refractory panels may lead to a potential fire hazard. In addition improper functioning panels will decrease the efficiency of your fire, leading to higher heating bills and the use of more firewood.

If your refractory panels are cracked and need to be replaced, call a certified chimney sweep such as Chimney Solutions. After the replacement of the refractory panels, you should not to use the fireplace for at least 24 hours or until the new panels reach room temperature.

Contact Chimney Solutions today for an annual chimney cleaning and safety inspection to make sure your refractory panels are in working condition.

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