Originally, firebacks were used in fireplaces to radiate heat into the room. Now, in addition to use in fireplaces, they can also be used as ornamentation on stone walls, above stoves, or as an accessory.
Firebacks - The Art of Warming In earlier times, the well appointed fireplace was never considered complete unless it included a cast iron fireback. Today, the fireback's usefulness and charm have been rediscovered and are again at the center of the hearth and home. Efficiency Positioned against the back wall of a fireplace, a fireback protects the masonry of the back wall and radiates the heat of the fire forward. By reflecting light and heat from the fire out into the room, a fireback is a noticeable improvement to the hearth. This warmth is gained whether a fireback is used with wood fires or gas logs. Protection A cast iron fireback is still the best way to protect a hearth's back wall from decay. Despite advances in technology, the harsh rays of the fire render even modern refractory material vulnerable to damage and the likelihood of expensive repairs. A fireback will effectively prevent any further damage to the back wall. Aesthetics As a sculptural accent in what is usually the natural focal point of a home, a fireback lends visual warmth and interest to a hearth whether it's with a roaring fire or by soft candlelight. H=33 1/4, W=21 5/8, D=5/8
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