Is Firebox Damage Keeping You From Enjoying Your Fireplace?

Having a fireplace in your home can be such a blessing, especially on those cold Ohio nights when it’s otherwise impossible to take the chill off. One of the major reasons we’re able to enjoy having a fire in our homes is that the firebox, the area of the fireplace that houses the fire, is built of firebrick and refractory mortar that can take the abuse of and contain the heat, fire after fire. But what happens when that firebox develops cracks or holes or begins to deteriorate?

A damaged firebox is incredibly dangerous and can make enjoying a fire in your home unsafe and unwise. If cracks and holes line the surfaces of the firebox, heat, gases, and ash can escape into the walls around the fireplace, easily igniting insulation and wood within the walls. Have you started to see cracks along your firebox? Do you know what’s causing them?

What Causes Fireboxes To Deteriorate?

Fireboxes can deteriorate for several reasons:

  • Chimney Leaks. If water is making its way down into your chimney and fireplace, it can eat away at the firebox, leaving gaps, holes, and crumbling brick and mortar. If a leak is responsible for your firebox damage, it’s imperative that you have the leak repaired before making repairs to your firebox.
  • Improper Materials. The firebox is subjected to incredibly hot temperatures and corrosive byproducts during a fire – temperatures and byproducts that can quickly eat away at normal brick and mortar. If your firebox wasn’t built with refractory mortar and firebrick, this could be the reason you’re seeing cracks, gaps, holes, and crumbling.
  • Time. Of course, over time, all fireboxes can start to show a little wear and tear.

Regardless of the reason for your firebox damage, the team at Chim-Cheroo can help.

From Minor Repairs To Firebox Rebuilds, We Do It All

If your firebox is in need of repair or rebuild, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have extensive experience with firebox rebuilds and can replace damaged firebox walls and make sure your new firebox is airtight, strong, and effective. Don’t put your family and your home at risk of fire or carbon monoxide poisoning – instead, let Chim-Cheroo provide prompt, professional service so you can get back to enjoying your hearth.

Call us today at 800-284-8770 or click here to request an appointment with one of our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified technicians today!


Our masonry team at Chim-Cheroo can do a wide range of chimney restorations and rebuilds. Ask us for more information today.


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