Beverly Lerch
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Fireplace drafts

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Kjelshus Jan 2, 2017. 17 Replies

     The weather is getting cold and a lot of people do not understand the way a fireplace is designed.  In order to allow the smoke to draft out of the fireplace and up the chimney, the fireplace…Continue

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Beverly Lerch commented on Efficiency First California's blog post Get Fire Out Of Our Buildings
"Totally agree!  Fireplaces are the most inefficient heating source.  Fireplaces are also energy consumers.  A fireplace sucks out the heat and air conditioning and/or brings in the cold and hot air from outside.  Fireplaces also…"
Mar 1
Beverly Lerch commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Coping with Dust and Smoke From Fires
"Covering the fireplace, especially if it is gas, will help a lot with the smoke and dust entering the home.  Gas fireplace have an open vent to the outside, with no damper to close off.  Cover the fireplace, on the inside of the house, so…"
Nov 9, 2017
Beverly Lerch posted a blog post

Energy loss through fireplace

There are a lot of different kinds of fireplaces out there.  We all know the old wood burning type, but the newer gas fireplaces are more convenient and cleaner burning.  I have customers that are complaining about the cold air coming in from the gas fireplace.  I have done a lot of research for my business, with some confusing information about the construction of gas fireplaces.  There seems to be a trend of venting the gas fireplace, directly outside, behind the fireplace.  I have received…See More
Jul 13, 2017
Beverly Lerch commented on Sarah OConnell's blog post Crowdsourcing for Innovation
"Fireplaces are one of the biggest sources of energy loss in the home.  Many people use old buildings and homes for their "home offices".  The fireplaces are no longer being used for heat, as when first installed.  Wood…"
May 4, 2017
Eric Kjelshus replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Fireplace drafts
"In USA  83% of houses have AC  so there is a way to get some water vapor out.   I think its more about A) keeping bulk water out of building, roof and flashing does this  B) draining water away from building  C) vapor…"
Jan 2, 2017
Jason Raddenbach replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Fireplace drafts
"Steve, Chimney dampness is a much bigger problem in the UK than it is in the US. It is because of the weather difference and the chimney structural differences combined. But you are correct that you do not want to trap moisture inside of a chimney…"
Jan 2, 2017
Jason Raddenbach replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Fireplace drafts
"In existing homes I have not seen the outside air intakes executed very well. Most times they are without dampers. Worse yet, in prefab fireplace configurations they terminate inside chimney chases instead of outside. So they just end up being…"
Dec 15, 2016
Jason Raddenbach replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Fireplace drafts
"I think the number of chimney draft excluding products is a testimony to what a problem the fireplace can be with the efforts to make a home more efficient and also meet the demands of the homeowner. Here is a list of the products out there right…"
Dec 15, 2016
David N. Armington replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Fireplace drafts
"I'm surprised no one has mentioned the external air source; in many parts of the country it is a code requirement for new construction.  As a retrofit, a damper-like plate and chute can be purchased through a brick supplier, let into the…"
Dec 11, 2016
Eric Kjelshus replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Fireplace drafts
"A brick chimney will take some 70,000 BTU's to heat up to draft on a fireplace.   A Stainless Steel class A same size may take just 1650 BTU's to heat up  and start venting.   An Aluminum flue for a LP gas may take just 600…"
Dec 7, 2016
Ed Voytovich replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Fireplace drafts
"Our solution was to install a Lopi Answer wood burning insert that vents directly through a metal chimney that goes all the way up through the original 1928 vintage brick chimney in our house.  We have the chimney and the insert cleaned and…"
Dec 6, 2016
John Fassler replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Fireplace drafts
"Thanks Eric. The best answer is to remove the fireplace and improve air sealing and insulation. All other solutions are whipped cream on a turd pie. "
Nov 30, 2016
Eric Kjelshus replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Fireplace drafts
"Just say no to fireplaces inside!  Its just a way to get more CO and other smoky gases.  Now if some one wants a fire place I lead them outside to a fire pit or outside fire place.   I just do not under the use of very smoky producers…"
Nov 29, 2016
Jason Raddenbach replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Fireplace drafts
"Marco, The trouble with the Lock top and Lymance or any top seal damper, is that when you bottle a chimney at the top and leave it open at the bottom, you still leave room for cold air to enter the home through the firebox. Basically the chimney is…"
Nov 28, 2016
Marco Mazzoni replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Fireplace drafts
"I would suggest a spring loaded chimney cap as an addition or alternative to 'fireplace fashion' or the chimney balloon if the fireplace is frequently used for 'ambiance'. It should seal the top of the chimney and eliminate any…"
Nov 28, 2016
David Eakin replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Fireplace drafts
"The Fireplace Fashion would not work on my particular situation (angled glass doors covering a 1930's masonry fireplace opening) and I truly doubt that it provides an air tight solution for Beverly either - unless the gas log insert was caulked…"
Nov 28, 2016

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Energy loss through fireplace

Posted on July 13, 2017 at 6:41pm 0 Comments

There are a lot of different kinds of fireplaces out there.  We all know the old wood burning type, but the newer gas fireplaces are more convenient and cleaner burning.  

I have customers that are complaining about the cold air coming in from the gas fireplace.  I have done a lot of research for my business, with some confusing information about the construction of gas fireplaces.  There seems to be a trend of venting the gas fireplace, directly outside, behind the fireplace.  I have…

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Fireplace drafts

Posted on September 28, 2014 at 4:18pm 0 Comments

A fireplace can be a focal point to a room, but how often does the fireplace really get used?   A fireplace can be very drafty and cause you to lose energy and money by taking your heated air up the chimney.  A fireplace is designed to "draft", so that the smoke does not enter the room when you burn a fire.  That draft is always there, even if the damper is closed.  Most of the older fireplace do not have a sufficient or even a working damper to close.  By covering the fireplace, as some…

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At 10:04am on September 27, 2014, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Beverly,

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