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Milwaukee Fireplace Questions Answered

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Q: Can stone veneer be installed over a brick fireplace?

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Yes, if you have a brick fireplace, stone veneer can be applied over it (as long as it is unpainted brick and not a smooth-surfaced brick). If the brick is not suitable for the base layer of mortar that needs to go over it, we simply install metal lath over it and then proceed with a layer of mortar for the veneer.

Q: How much does it cost to run a gas fireplace?

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The cost of running a gas fireplace varies depending on its BTU rating and the cost of natural gas. Heat & Glo has a cost calculator on their website that allows you to choose the model of fireplace you want to get an operating cost on and enter the cost of natural gas in your area.

Generally speaking, a 40,000 BTU rated fireplace will cost around 40 cents per hour to operate. Since most gas fireplaces are used as auxiliary heating, or zone heating, the additional cost of running a gas fireplace is usually more than offset by the reduction in the primary heating source in the home.

Q: What is a gas fireplace insert?

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A gas fireplace insert is a complete fireplace installed inside the firebox of an existing wood-burning fireplace. Since they are metal boxes, they give off more heat than a wood-burning fireplace or vented gas logs inside a conventional fireplace. Also, because gas fireplace inserts have a tight seal around the fireplace opening only a very small amount of the warmed air in the room goes up the chimney. Besides being more energy efficient than a wood burning fireplace, a gas insert also eliminates the health and environmental concerns that come with a wood-burning fireplace.

Q: In a power outage, will a gas fireplace still work?

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Yes. If your gas fireplace has a standing pilot, it can be lit during a power outage because electricity isn’t required to activate the pilot flame.

Heatilator and Heat & Glo gas fireplaces made in recent years are equipped with IntelliFire or IntelliFire Plus ignition systems, which use battery backup systems for lighting the pilot in a power outage (two D cell batteries for IntelliFire, four AA batteries for IntelliFire Plus). If your fireplace has a wireless remote or wall switch, find the control box in the lower controls of the fireplace or behind the stove and look for a switch that toggles between “on”, “Off” and “remote.” Slide the switch to “on” so you can operate the fireplace with the power off.

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Q: Do you offer any natural stone veneer products?

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Yes, we carry the ErthCOVERINGS line of natural stone veneer, tiles and pebble mats as well as Stone Universe products. You can learn more about erthCOVERINGS stone veneer and Stone Universe natural stone veneer on our website, but we recommend stopping by our showroom in Waukesha to see (and feel) these products firsthand.

Q: What is a termination cap?

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A termination cap is simply the end point for your fireplace exhaust system. Termination caps are necessary to ensure safe venting of exhaust gas, ensuring no sparks or smoldering particles escape. There are both horizontal mount and vertical mount termination caps, so they can be mounted on a vertical wall or on a roof. Termination caps are available for both gas fireplaces and wood burning fireplaces. Many termination caps have a decorative design, which adds visual appeal to what is normally a very mundane looking piece. You can see a variety of termination caps in our Waukesha showroom, and we can also show you brochures for all the models we can order. 

Q: What is the difference between stone veneer and cultured stone?

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Stone veneer is made from natural stone from a quarry. It is sliced to a thickness of about a half-inch to one-inch. It is usually available as randomly shaped pieces of stone. Cultured stone is a man-made product with the look and feel of real stone, but much lighter weight. It is made from a mix of Portland cement, aggregate stone and iron oxide for pigmentation.

Q: What areas does your Waukesha fireplace company service?

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We provide professional fireplace installation services throughout most of southeast Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, Waukesha, Brookfield, Pewaukee, Greenfield, West Allis, Wauwatosa, New Berlin and surrounding areas. If you're anywhere in southeast Wisconsin, chances are you're in our service area. If you're not sure if you're in an area we service, give us a call at 262-796-9999. For larger jobs, we will occasionally work outside of our regular service area.

 

Q: Wood fireplaces: What are the advantages and disadvantages?

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The first advantage of a wood fireplace is, of course, the realism. A fire in a natural wood fireplace is going to be visually unique, and last for several hours. It will also have that characteristic smell of a fireplace.

On the downside, however, you need dry, seasoned wood for a good fire. Firewood can take up a lot of space, and unless you chop trees and split the wood yourself, you have to buy the firewood. (And, of course, store the firewood.) Then, when the fire is out, you have to clean out the ashes, along with any bark or splinters that may have fallen off around your hearth. You also need to have your chimney cleaned every year to prevent the buildup of creosote in the flue, which can ignite and lead to a house fire. There is also reason to be concerned about the smoke produced by a fire in your home triggering asthma attacks, allergies and respiratory problems.

Although in times past the fireplace was the central source of heat for a home, they are notorious heat thieves. According to the EPA, 90% of the heat generated by a fire goes up the chimney, along with some of the heated air in your home. And keep in mind that you cannot just put a wood fire out with the push of a button when you are ready to leave or go to bed. You have to make sure the fire is safely out before turning in for the night or heading out.

Q: Gas fireplaces in Milwaukee: What are the advantages and disadvantages?

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Gas fireplaces offer convenience and control you cannot get with wood fireplaces. You can ignite and turn off your gas fireplace with the simple push of a button, and many units even offer thermostatic control to keep the room at a comfortable temperature. Modern gas fireplace technologies are very safe and have been perfected to look and feel very realistic. Gas fireplaces are ideal if you are going to be using your fireplace for shorter periods of time or you just want to have more control. You will not get the complete realism and experience of a wood fire, but for many people the convenience, control and safety of a gas fireplace far outweighs the realism of a wood-burning fireplace.

Waukesha Fireplace Installation Experts Answer Commonly Asked Questions

Choosing the perfect fireplace can be difficult. Especially with so many things to consider when making your decision. Our Waukesha fireplace experts at Badgerland Fireplace Inc. are here to help you make an educated choice for your new fireplace. On this page, we've answered some of the most common questions we get. If you have a question you don't see answered here, or would just like more information, don’t hesitate to contact us at 262-796-9999. Our friendly staff will be happy to help in any way we can.

Contact Badgerland Fireplace Inc. today for more information about fireplace installation services in Milwaukee, Waukesha and the surrounding areas.