What is a corbelled chimney?

What is a corbelled chimney?

A corbel is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal protruding from a wall to carry weight. A chimney corbel, in very simple terms, is a brick bump-out. ... You may also find corbelling towards the top of the chimney. This type of corbelling is normally decorative and is nonessential to the function of the chimney.

How do you tell if the damper is open or closed?

Before lighting a fire, you can tell if the damper is open by placing your hand into the fireplace. If you feel a draft coming down the chimney, it is a good indicator that the damper is open. If you don't feel any cold air coming down the chimney, it means that the damper is closed.

How do I know if my fireplace is wood or gas?

Gas and wood burning fireplaces have a rating plate in the control compartment area, under the smoke shield or on the firebox side column. Gas and wood burning inserts have a rating plate in the control compartment area, under the ash lip or on the firebox side.

Is it safe to sleep with a gas fireplace on?

No, you should not leave your gas fireplace on overnight as you risk carbon monoxide poisoning. Although it's never recommended, if your gas fireplace has been properly maintained and designed to run continuously, it may be safe to leave it on.

Can a fireplace cause carbon monoxide poisoning?

Fireplaces and other fuel-burning appliances are the leading sources for exposure to carbon monoxide. ... But, for instance, if a faulty fuel-burning appliance such as a natural gas burner operates in an enclosed space which lacks good ventilation, dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide can be released and cause poisoning.