By Alan from Chicago, IL on December 11, 2014
My fireplace back panel is approx. 23 1/2 wide x 19 high. I believe the height could accommodate 20 inches. Does the fireback sit forward of the back panel due to the stand it sits on? How many inches will I need to allow for the stand?
By eFireplaceStore on December 11, 2014
Answer:The stand does indeed sit forward of the back wall and allows you to vary the angle of the fire back slightly. The stand only adds approximately 1/2 inch of height to the assembly.
By Amber from Kirksville, MO on January 20, 2013
My house is 10 years old with two woodburning fireplaces. I have regularly enjoyed fires in the downstairs fireplace - and the back wall is showing the effects of the heat.
There is a small gap in the mortar between two of the bricks at the back of my fireplace. The mason who tried to repair this problem about a year ago said that if the fix didn't hold, I should look into a fireplace liner. The guys at the local hardware store didn't know how to help me.
I have a couple questions 1) would this stainless steel radiant fireback be the kind of protection for the back wall of the fireplace I'm looking for? and 2) should I have the mason come back to repair the back wall again before installing something like this (if it is what I'm looking for)?
If this isn't a good solution, can your recommend another option?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 21, 2013
Answer:Use of a stainless steel or cast iron fireback is an excellent way to prevent degradation of the mortar and bricks in your masonry fireplace. I would indeed have the mason repair the damaged mortar, then install the fireback to prevent future damage. Your mason was likely suggesting that you have a skim coat of mortar applied over the bricks to prevent future damage, but using the fireback would work as well.
By Joe from WA on August 17, 2013
Can these Firebacks be used with gas fireplaces that are vented through a chimney? Can they be painted with heat resistant paint and used as the sides along with glass doors?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on August 19, 2013
Answer:These firebacks can indeed be used with a vented fireplace. Painting the fireback is possible, but will require you to prep it by wiping it down with a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar to clean off any machine oil. The fireback must then be sanded with 60 or 80 grit sandpaper to roughen the surface. High heat paint must then be applied in several light, even coats.
By Mitchell from Mountain Lakes, NJ on February 10, 2013
The back of my fireplace measures approximately 27" across by 22" high. What size stainless steel radiant fireback would be best for this size of fireplace?
By Dawn H. on February 11, 2013
Answer:The size is totally up to you, depending on how much heat you would like radiated back. Most people prefer to have it as large as will fit into the fireplace. Just be sure that if you are going to use boots to allow for that measurement as well.
By Cynthia from FL on November 30, 2014
Do I need to clean the soot off of this fireback after each use to allow the heat to radiate back for future uses?
By eFireplaceStore on November 30, 2014
Answer:This fire back will continue to radiate heat, even with a thin layer of soot built up on the surface. However, it is a good idea to clean the fire back a couple of times during the season to maintain maximum effectiveness.
By Bob from Selden, New York on November 15, 2016
Can I use a fire back with a vented gas log assembly?
By Jackie from Woonsocket, RI on September 5, 2015
Would this Copperfield stainless steel radiant fireback be more efficient if I covered the 3 walls of my fireplace?
By Will M. on September 8, 2015
Answer:Only one fireback should be used as this will produce excessive heat that could result in fire.
By Steven from Columbus, OH on January 5, 2016
Do these Copperfield stainless steel radiant firebacks work even after they get a smoky burned look?
By Brennan W. on January 5, 2016
Answer:They do indeed, though regular cleaning can help with the reflection of heat.
By Jared from Lexington ky on December 28, 2011
I have a gas log set in my fireplace and have seen different opinions regarding if they are safe for use with them or not. Are they safe to use with ventless gas logs or not?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on December 28, 2011
Answer:It is never recommended to use a fireback with ventless gas logs, as the heat radiated back onto the pilot assembly will be too intense.
By Janice from Portland, OR on November 21, 2014
I have a Swedish fireplace with two sides that are open. Will this work in my fireplace?
By eFireplaceStore on November 24, 2014
Answer:This product could potentially work for your application, but it will depend on how you intend on using it. If you are planning on putting the fire back in the exact center of the unit to deflect heat and give privacy between each side, you would need to have sufficient depth to ensure that the fire back does not interfere with the operation of the fireplace.
By Edward from Ewing, NJ on January 21, 2014
Are stainless firebacks safe for use in a fireplace with glass doors?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 22, 2014
Answer:Because stainless firebacks radiate a great deal of heat, I do not recommend using them in a fireplace with the glass doors closed. The intense direction of heat could cause the glass to overheat and shatter.