What Are Refractory Panels?

Your firebox has to be tough enough to withstand the extremely high temperatures produced from your fireplace. To make sure your firebox is durable enough to stand up to this, its walls are made of refractory panels. Even though refractory panels are built to last for years, time can take a toll on it.

When cracks start to appear in these panels, your home is at a higher risk for accidental fires from heat transfer. You could also experience carbon monoxide leaks in your home through these cracks. When All Seasons Chimney inspects chimneys and fireplaces, we take a close look at the refractory panels in every firebox. For over 25 years, we have been providing the Hudson Valley area with superior professional chimney and fireplace maintenance, repair, and installation services. You can trust us to keep you and your family safe from fire hazards!

What exactly are refractory panels and how do they work?

fireplace with a nice fireYour firebox needs extra protection against the hot temperatures of a fire. Refractory panels help to keep your home safe from an accidental fire. If you have a masonry fireplace, then refractory panels are constructed from heat resistant bricks and mortar. If you have a factory-built fireplace, the panels are made from stainless steel or other metal. Typically, each firebox has four refractory panels that line the side and back walls. Another function of refractory panels is to reflect the heat from the fire back into your home to provide warmth.

What do I do if my refractory panels are cracked?

As soon as you notice a crack or damage to a refractory panel in your firebox, you should give us a call at All Seasons Chimney. A cracked refractory panel is a dangerous fire hazard in your home. The heat from a fire can easily transfer to the combustible parts of your home through any cracks or gaps, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Our CSIA-certified chimney professionals will inspect the condition of your firebox.

When we repair your damaged refractory panel, we will give you a fair and honest estimate. If we find that the panel is beyond repair, we can construct and install a new refractory panel to give your firebox the best protection. We only use the best refractory bricks and mortar when building these panels so you can depend on them for years to come.

Have you noticed a crack in your firebox? Don’t hesitate to contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment for our professional firebox repair services. Our professionals can install the best and most durable refractory panels!