Assessing Your Fireplace Heat: Is it Too Hot? Assessing Your Fireplace Heat: Is it Too Hot?
If your fireplace heat seems a bit too hot for you lately, then there may an issue at hand. The heat that comes from your fireplace should be consistently warm, but there is a threshold as to how much heat your fireplace should be producing. Read the following information about how to assess your fireplace's heat and what you can do should there be excess heat emitted from the fireplace.
Excess Heat Can Damage
With a wood fireplace, the excess heat can severely damage the inside and outside of fireplace. The chimney can heat up to a point where it can crack. If your wood fireplace feels hotter than usual, take the steps to lower the heat emission before the damage can occur. Additionally, gas fireplaces that are too hot can cause some cracking to tiles you may have in the fireplace and possibly to the hearth floor. The good thing about gas fireplaces, compared to wood burning fireplaces, is that in most models the gas will shut off if the heat gets too high.
Check the Surrounding Area Temperature
One way to check if your fireplace heat is too high is to place a probe type thermometer (the kind for checking meat in the oven) directly on the hearth. Anything over 100 degrees Fahrenheit will feel hot to the touch and is the threshold as to how hot your fireplace should normally sit. By monitoring the temperature in the surrounding area of your fireplace, you'll be able to prevent any kind of fire hazard should the fire begin to create excess heat.
If you determine that your fireplace heat is in excess, then check your manual for ways to turn it down and keep it under control. Also, check that all clearances are being followed according to code. If not, then you will need to fix this as soon as you can. You can also add a hood or a deflector to your fireplace to keep the heat from hitting directly onto the surrounding wood or tile. If a hood is not available for your model, you could make one with some simple sheet metal.