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During your recent chimney inspection did the sweep mention cracks in your refractory panels? While we often want to brush these off as minor issues, simply ignoring them can cause greater problems in the future. All refractory panels should be replaced when the panel is cracked all the way through or pieces are beginning to crumble off. Not only will this replacement provide a safe burning environment, it also will increase your unit’s efficiency creating a more enjoyable fire.
What is a Refractory Panel?
Refractory panels are sheets of brick that are fitted to the back and sides of the fireplace walls. A typical fireplace will have 4 refractory panels. They are constructed of durable materials able to withstand the heat of a fire.
How do Refractory Panels work?
Refractory panels reflect the fire’s heat off their surface sending the warmth back into the room. They also protect the firebox from extreme heat preventing it from being damaged.
What are some advantages of replacing damaged Refractory Panels?
Appearance – new panels will offer a cohesive “brick” look to your fireplace walls.
Safety – cracked, damaged panels pose a fire hazard to a home and also are less able to properly protect the firebox
Efficiency – broken panels cannot reflect the heat back into the room efficiently
Due to the technical nature of the work, panel restoration should always be completed by a professional with experience in the field. After the replacement, homeowners should refrain from using the fireplace for at least 24 hours. This allows the new panels to reach room temperature prior to being heated. Preventing them from cracking, they will also need to be cured by burning several small kindling fires.
If your refractory panels are in need of replacement, contact our expert team at Lindemann Chimney Service. Our specialists can inspect your unit and complete repairs as needed. As a leading chimney sweep in the North Shore area, we offer quality products along with the best in customer satisfaction.