adds warmth to a room like a wood-burning all brick fireplace.
Although not relied upon primarily as a heat source today
as they were in the past, people enjoy having a fireplace in their
home. It's often the centerpiece of a room because of the warmth
and charm it adds.
Brick fireplaces require some regular maintenance and like anything
else will wear out with prolonged use. Over time and extended
use, the firebrick inside the firebox can burn out, requiring that
the firebox be rebuilt with new materials. On the outside,
the brick chimney is exposed to weathering and particularly in older
homes, the mortar may deteriorate, causing bricks to become loose
and water to leak into the fireplace. Water can also find its way
through inadequate cracks in the cap of the chimney.
Although metal fireplaces have been replacing masonry fireplaces
in recent years, they cannot compare to real masonry fireplaces
for time honoured quality and beauty.