How to take care of a firebox and keep your fireplace going strong.
Related To:

Inside every fireplace, is a firebox. It's where you lay the logs and build the fire. The firebox is directly connected to the flue and is constructed of fire-retardant materials like refractory brick and mortar. But over time any firebox will begin to deteriorate. Frequent use will speed the process.

That's what happened in Jacksonville. But instead of repairing their deteriorated firebox properly, with new bricks and mortar, the homeowners used an epoxy, a poor substitute for the real thing. If you think your firebox lace is failing here are some suggestions:

  • Have a professional evaluate the situation. Deteriorated brick and mortar should be rebuilt with new brick and mortar.
  • Check for cracks and deterioration, at least once a year depending on how often you use the fireplace.
  • Keep the firebox clean. This will cut down on the chemical by-products the fire produces that speed deterioration of the firebox.

If your firebox isn't masonry but metal instead, the metal can crack and wear out, in which case the entire box will have to be replaced.

Keep Reading

Next Up

What to Do About Damaged Chimney and Vent Piping

An expert offers advice on damaged chimney dangers and dryer venting.

Fireplace Maintenance and Safety

Tend to your chimney with care with these expert tips.

Fireplaces Need Eternal Care

Home's seller did not disclose defect, but an inspection could solve problem.

Chimney can be Shortened if Truly Unused

Can you remove a chimney? And how do you evaluate a settling foundation?

10 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

A certified home inspector shares 10 home-maintenance tips for spring.

Repairing Roof Damage

A homeowner wants to know the cost of repairing a hole caused by moisture from a damaged roof.

Insulated-Window Maintenance

Learn how to care for double- and triple-paned windows and safeguard your energy savings.

Weeping Windows

Find out when it is time to reglaze windows.

Talk to a Toolman: Q&A With Chip Wade of Elbow Room

Should you hire a pro or tackle that home repair yourself? Elbow Room ’s Chip Wade weighs in on five common questions for HGTV Magazine .

How to Cover a Brick Fireplace With Stone

Resurface your old brick fireplace with stone and slate.


Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.