Replacing your old fireplace with a new, energy-efficient Tulikivi fireplace is easy. You can even leave all the work up to Stone Comfort. This will ensure that the job is done quickly and reliably, and that the end result is to your liking. In any case, we recommend that you call and consult with us during the planning phases of your fireplace project to ensure a successful installation.
The installation process is a straight-forward process that consists of seven basic steps:
Like conventional brick or stone fireplace, your Tulikivi soapstone fireplace needs a solid foundation built to code. If the foundation is to be part of new construction, the support foundation can be constructed as part of the original foundation. If your plans are to connect to an existing chimney or top vent, a foundation or a reinforced base will need to be installed. Let us help you plan for the proper foundation or consult a professional architect or engineer.
Combustion requires oxygen. A firebox filled with firewood requires a roomful of air to burn. Remember to ensure the air supply of the fireplace is adequate. The adaptable Tulikivi fireplace can vent from sides, rear or top. When using top venting, a class "A" stainless steel chimney is used with other listed components to create a venting system which is adaptable to most homes.
A generous space between the Tulikivi and the wall is optimal to allow for radiant heating and convection air to circulate. However, clearance can be reduced to as little as three inches provided that the wall is non-combustible. Because all Tulikivi models are finished on all sides, placement against a wall or in a corner is not necessary. We can construct a UL-approved heat shield, which will significantly reduce clearances to combustible walls. This shield allows the optimal spacing in most cases. Please make sure you discuss clearances with us prior to installation.
The first course and outer layer of soapstone is put in place. Then, the firebox and flue system is installed.
A Tulikivi fireplace can be used with masonry, UL-approved poured-in-place liners, and all UL-approved pre-fabricated chimneys for solid fuels. An interior chimney is the best option, for in addition to being insulated it will also enhance the thermal mass capabilities of the fireplace, thus radiating more heat into your home. However, almost any existing chimney can be adapted for use with a Tulikivi. All chimneys must meet local or National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) codes.
The mantel is leveled, squared and installed.
The top of the fireplace is lined with fire cap stones and insulation.
As the final step, we install the hardware, doors and any other finishing touches such as beautiful Tulikivi soapstone tile hearths that match your fireplace to protect your floor from sparks.
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