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Custom Hearth, Fireplaces, and Mantles

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Custom Hearth, Fireplaces, and Mantles

Fireplaces, and Mantles

Deciding to renovate or update your fireplace and hearth can be a daunting decision for any homeowner. There are a lot of specifics to consider when renovating a fireplace. What type of fireplace do I want? Is a wood-burning fireplace better than a gas fireplace? Do I buy a fireplace insert? What are some quality brands of hearth and inserts? What about the heat and heating the fireplace will provide?

Custom Hearth, Fireplaces, and Mantles

Our goal at HBR Chimney is to discuss all these options and more while providing the best possible customer experience. Our trained and certified technicians will work with you and many of the major brands of fireplace and hearth companies to ensure you not only have a professional experience but professional quality.

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Deciding to change your fireplace?

Don't like the old and just want something that will fit the whole family can enjoy?
The first thing to consider when determining that you want to change your fireplace is to identify the reason and what specifically you want to be changed. Is it cosmetic or a design that may be dated? Is it the coping of the fireplace or do you want to convert wood burning to gas with more of a modern custom hearth for your home?

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What is the cost to remodel my fireplace and hearth?

We get this question quite a bit and the answer you are going to receive is it depends. The two main factors to consider are how much of a change you want to make and the current state of your fireplace, hearth, and chimney.

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A better way to transform your fireplace

Are you just wanting as simple tile over the facade or painting of the existing wood fireplace and mantle? Or do you want a completely custom hearth, new mantle, new fireplace insert, and chimney rebuild designed to burn efficiently and provide a high level of warmth to the home like a direct vent fireplace insert?

Sometimes what is designed might not be what is easy or best. It boils down to the hours our technicians have to install it and the materials you choose for your fireplace.

  1. 1. Texas is masonry chimneys without a fireplace insert.
  2. 2. Replacing the gas burners.

What we see a lot of in Texas is masonry chimneys without a fireplace insert. These are the old wood-burning fireplaces often with a gas start or log lighter. These tend to be some of the easiest fireplace remodels. You can easily convert to gas by either installing a set of gas logs or a gas fireplace insert. These are rated to burn wood and there is very little needed to change structurally aka with the existing masonry.

Existing Gas fireplaces are also not difficult to remodel. Sometimes it is a simple replacement of the insert or change of the gas burners.

Coping, Mantle, and Hearth, what do I do first?

The sky is the limit when making a custom hearth. We have already addressed the inserts and fireplaces converting from wood to a custom gas fireplace or vice versa to a wood burning fireplace insert above. The hearth is what most people look at in a room and really makes that warm family room in your home. A great custom hearth, mantle and façade that just fits providing hours of warm to your room is worth every dime spent. Once the inside of the firebox is determined wood or gas custom or insert it is comes down to a matter of taste and customization.

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We have direct relationships with most hearth, mantle, and tile suppliers to provide just the custom-fit look to your home. We provide only the best custom installation with well-made quality parts and materials providing efficiency and warmth throughout your home. As our technicians to see some of the well-built or even one of their recent custom install projects we have made recently.

What are some of the major cost items to consider?
What is the expensive part of a fireplace remodel?

Large or efficient? Wood Burning fireplace vs Direct Vent Air.

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The most expensive part of a fireplace is either structural like converting gas to the wood burning fireplace as this may take a completely new fireplace insert as well as a chimney and flue. Insert size is also something to be considered the larger the gas-burning fireplace insert the more expensive it can be.

In Texas, people tend to overbuy. We have big rooms and therefore people want to put in a big wood burning fireplace or gigantic direct vent gas insert. The Fireplace and fireplace insert should always match the room. Wood-burning fireplaces tend to have fewer problems over time a gas fireplace insert has many functional components such as remotes electrical starts that tend to break over time and due to the specificity of some of the items have to be completely replaced as the manufacturers of remotes and automatic electric starters tend to change quite often.

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What is the difference between wood burning and gas inserts?
Wood fireplace and heat.

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A wood-burning fireplace insert is typically the best most affordable and efficient option. They are functionally simple when compared to a gas fireplace insert and produce significantly more heat. Plus the joy and aesthetic of a real fire from wood and the heat are tough to replicate. Some large gas inserts can come close without the combustion of wood but do not have the efficiency or heat of a wood insert.

Fireplace inserts are not all the same!

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Just something to also consider when remodeling your hearth and home is that a fireplace insert is very specific and not all manufacturers are the same. A fireplace insert will determine how much heat, the type of fire, the efficiency of gas use, and much more. Trusted brands sometimes make nonprofessional products that can be found at big box stores. We highly recommend not using these products. They do not provide the air circulation, heat or build a professional-grade product would provide. These are the units we typically see in our service as they tend to be cheaper and made of lesser materials. Although the brand is the same the fireplace insert can differ drastically from the heat produced to how much wood it can burn.

Call HBR Chimney for a free fireplace insert and hearth inspection today!

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Our free estimate process can help you power through some of the large decisions and overcome some of the high costs so you can enjoy sooner without haste compared to one of our competitive offers. Come see the good work one of our technicians can provide and believe us when we say we build customers that enjoy the efficiency and workmanship of our products.

If you need a company with a great reputation to add some heat or just the joy of having a fire in your home look no farther.

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20 Frequently asked questions Hearth and Fireplace Remodeling

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. A fireplace hearth can be constructed from just about any material assuming it is not flammable. Materials commonly used for a fireplace hearth include tile, stone, brick, and concrete sheetrock board with a finish.

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. Depending on the project's size and material type, it can affect its cost. Also, removal of old materials needs to be considered as this can add a significant amount of time to the work.

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. Some fireplaces are direct vent and electric fireplaces can be installed relatively easily as they recirculate heat directly back to the room and do not need conventional ventilation.

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. We recommend heat resistant stones such as river stone, Austin stone façade and firebricks or bricks. Any stone with low moisture and a hardness of brick can be used that are not flammable.

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. Fireplace inserts vary in cost by make size and brand. Typically gas fireplaces are more expensive as well as designer inserts such as those created in France and Italy

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. Yes, this is a common practice when converting an older wood burning fireplace

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. Yes, any improvements to your home can add value. Fireplaces are one of the most sought-after features in southern homes but rarely used.

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. A fireplace insert is a cost-effective way to add a fireplace to a room.

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. Brick is one of the best materials to be used in a fireplace hearth due to its consistency and availability

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. The depth of a fireplace hearth can be decided by the type of fire gas vs wood burning and size of the fireplace.

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. Fireplace hearth not only makes a visual statement to go with your fireplace and extenuate the mantle it serves as a safety area around the fireplace

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. A hearth should extend sixteen inches from the front of your fireplace and a minimum of 8 inches on either side. Though if your fireplace is larger, it could be 20 and 12 for wood burning fireplaces. For gas fireplaces and gas logs a hearth is not necessarily required depending on the overall design and size If your fireplace opening is less than 6 sq ft, your hearth should extend 16 inches in front of your fireplace and 8 inches to the sides. For fireplaces openings that are larger than 6 sq ft, your hearth needs to extend 20 inches to the front and 12 inches to the sides

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. Yes, a hearth can be remodeled and augmented

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. This is a tough question depending on what you want built. A fireplace can cost as little as 2000 and as much as multiple thousands to well over 10,000 depending on materials and size.

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. One of the joys of remodeling is to customize your fireplace.

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. Traditional masonry chimneys are extremely expensive to build under construction code and materials compared to an insert.

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. There are many good brands of fireplace inserts Heatilator, Majestic, Superior, Empire are some good brands but there are many out there. Most of the major brands produce a big box store version of lesser quality than their professional versions

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. Yes, Yes Yes! From gas logs to burners Gas Fireplaces are the most customized of all fireplaces. Fire glass can be used to change the color and appearance of flames and gas logs can be changed to add an overall effect of appearance.

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. 36”x 30” is standard with 60” being on the larger side and 24” on the lower

Chimney sweeps and cleans should always be preceded by a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will identify if your chimney is safe to use and any major issues prior to the cleaning service. Often, we get the call to change the front of the fireplace from a traditional opening to a modern, rectangular fireplace.

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