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Fireplace Maintenance

Maintenance is an important part of fireplace ownership. In this section you'll find everything you need to take care of your fireplace, including glass cleaners, soot removers, and fireplace mortar for minor repairs.
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By Sam from Chicago, IL on May 14, 2013
I need to patch a fired clay oven. What should I use when my oven reaches temperatures in the 1800 to 2200 range?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on May 15, 2013

The best product we offer for this purpose is the Rutland Castable Refractory Fireplace Cement - 12.5 Pound Tub. This item is designed to be cast into irregular shapes and can patch odd sized holes and cracks. The product is hydraulic and does not require heat to cure. Maximum temperature is 2,200 degrees.

By Erin from Texas on February 9, 2013
I am looking for a cleaner for the inside of my fireplace, to remove the soot stains on the insert. I have a pre-fab fireplace.Can you recommend what I should use?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 11, 2013

Based on reviews from our customers, the AW Perkins Brick and Stone Cleaner is an excellent product for removing soot stains from real masonry and refractory cement liners alike.

By Bob from Cumming, GA on November 4, 2013
I have a Temco TFC 42-4 fireplace that needs a new set of refractory panels. The back panel is shot, the bottom panel is cracked, but the sides are fine. Do you have the replacement parts?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on November 4, 2013

Unfortunately, we do not have the manufacturer-specific panel that you are looking for, but we do offer some universal refractory panels that will work for your woodburning fireplace. Please see the following links:

One 24"h x 28"w Panel

Two 24" h x 40"w Panels

These panels are about 3/4" thick and can be cut down to the size you need with a masonry blade or tile saw. They are suitable for use as side, rear and floor panels inside any manufactured woodburning fireplace.

By Steve Bennett from Houston on October 24, 2012
What can I use to paint or restore the firebrick panels inside my old Majestic MBU gas firebox?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 24, 2012

While it is not recommended to paint firebrick panels, you may certainly use a stone/cement cleaner to restore them. An item such as this will do the job of removing built-up soot stains and burn residue.

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