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The Power of Spark Arrestors for Fireplaces


Imagine a family gathered around the fireplace on a chilly evening. A stray spark flies out from the fireplace. Potentially, it can start a fire in the house. Or imagine sparks going up the chimney, flying out and landing on the roof, possibly starting the house on fire.

What can stop these scenarios from happening? They’re called spark arrestors, and when it comes to the safety of your home and the enjoyment of a warm fireplace, they play a crucial role. 

There are two different types of spark arrestors: exterior and interior. The combination of these two kinds of spark arrestors creates a dynamic duo that helps to provide the best protection for your home and loved ones, stopping sparks from getting inside your house and stopping them from escaping the house.

Let’s look closer at both types of spark arrestors and their role in fireplace safety. We’ll examine their different features and how they work. If you’re looking for better fireplace safety and need spark arrestor installation in Minneapolis, MN, we’re the experienced contractor to trust with the job.

What Are Spark Arrestors?

Interior spark arrestors act as a barrier inside the fireplace itself that stops sparks and embers from escaping into the living space of a home. In simpler terms, these are fireplace or hearth screens, and you’re likely familiar with them.

They’re often made of durable materials like stainless steel and galvanized steel. They have the advantage of stopping sparks close to the source, and they’re easy to access when they need to have repairs. They also have flexible designs: from basic mesh screens to more intricate designs, these guards are made to maximize safety while complementing the look of your home.

External spark arrestors are usually mounted to the top of the chimney, featuring mesh screens that serve the double purpose of preventing sparks from getting out of the chimney—potentially causing a house or brush fire—and deterring animals from entering your flue. (Believe us, in Minnesota you want something to stop birds and raccoons from getting down your chimney!)

The location of exterior spark arrestors makes them effective in capturing sparks before they have a chance to exit the chimney. Because they’re exposed to the weather, these arrestors are made of special weather-resistant material. 

Our Spark Arrestor Installation Services

We understand that chimney safety requires a dynamic approach. That’s why we specialize in the installation of interior and exterior spark arrestors, providing customers with a tailored solution that covers all bases.

With our years of experience in chimney services, we’re your trusted partner for ensuring your fireplace is both safe and cozy. Our skilled technicians are experienced with both interior and exterior spark arrestor installation, offering a comprehensive solution that suits your unique needs. Contact us today for expert installation services, and let us safeguard your home with the power of both interior and exterior spark arrestors.

2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. serves Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Surrounding Communities. Contact us today for spark arrestor installation or other chimney services.

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