Homeowners love all the benefits a fireplace brings into a living space – things like a pleasing design, a peaceful ambiance, and functional heat, all of which combine to create warmth in the fullest sense of the word. But when a fireplace fails to deliver sufficient heat, these desirable effects are diminished, along with the ability to enjoy your fireplace to the fullest.

If your fireplace isn’t producing and distributing enough heat, there’s a reason. Finding and addressing the underlying reasons with fireplace repair services can help maximize heat production, efficiency, and the overall quality of fireside experience. We’re here to help. Call or book your next fireplace service with us today.

Why Isn’t My Fireplace Heating Well?

Insufficient Draft

  • Draft refers to the flow of air up through the chimney.
  • While “drafty” can sometimes be used negatively to describe a room, a draft in a fireplace is essential for drawing in fresh air and expelling smoke from your living space.
  • Insufficient draft is a very common contributor to poor heat output from a fireplace.
a black and white cat laying by a heated fireplace stove

What factors influence draft? Chimney height and diameter are structural factors that can make a difference, but one issue that is particularly common is obstructions. Obstructions in a chimney can include a buildup of creosote, animal or bird nesting materials, or stick and other plant-based debris. These all impede proper airflow, leading to reduced heat output.

Insufficient Fuel

  • The type and quality of fuel used in your fireplace can significantly impact heat production.
  • Wood that’s wet or unseasoned will burn less efficiently and produce less heat than dry, properly seasoned firewood. Why? Because more energy is spent trying to evaporate out moisture from the wood, and your fire will therefore be weaker, smokier, and more difficult to start.
  • Another consideration is how fuel is loaded. Improper loading of fuel or inadequate air supply to the firebox can result in incomplete combustion, reducing heat output.

Poor Insulation

  • The insulation around your fireplace and chimney help prevent heat from escaping before it can warm the room. Unsurprisingly, then, insufficient insulation can contribute to heat loss.
  • Similarly, cracks in the chimney or gaps around the fireplace can also provide an entrance spot for cold air or a place of escape for warm air. Like poor insulation, cracks and gaps will diminish overall heat retention.

 Inadequate Fireplace Design

  • While it may require a more involved (and expensive) solution, a poor fireplace design can influence your overall heat yield.
  • Older fireplaces – particularly models featuring wide open hearths – may lose substantial heat.
  • A fireplace that isn’t compatible with the size of the room may be a source of frustration, producing inadequate heat and being difficult to regulate.
  • Modern fireplace inserts or wood stoves have design features that make them perform more efficiently, such as insulated fireboxes and adjustable airflow.

Solutions for Maximizing Fireplace Heat

Addressing heat output issues will begin with targeting the particular contributors that are robbing your fireplace of heat. This might involve one or more of the following:

✓ Ensure Proper Draft

  • You’ve heard an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? This is an old saying with timeless merit. Regular chimney maintenance, including a chimney sweeping and annual inspection, is crucial for ensuring proper draft – and more. 
  • Removing any obstructions and ensuring the chimney is adequately sized and free from creosote buildup will promote optimal airflow.
  • In addition, checking or installing a proper chimney cap can prevent downdrafts and blockages caused by wayward critters or debris.
a pile of wood on fire

✓ Use Quality Fuel

  • Never use firewood that isn’t properly seasoned. Seasoned wood burns hotter and cleaner due to more efficient combustion. This is a win all-around for you and your chimney system.
  • Alternative fuels, such as pellets, can offer consistent heat output and cleaner burns – but always use only the fuel your fireplace was designed for. Looking to convert fuel sources? Call your chimney pro to learn about the possibilities.


✓ Optimize Airflow

  • Airflow controls on stoves or fireplace inserts allow more control over combustion, maximizing heat production. Follow manufacturer guidelines to adjust air intake.
  • Be sure that your damper is in good repair and open when your fireplace is in use.
  • Don’t overload your firebox with fuel. It might seem like a simple formula (more fuel = more heat), but an overcrowded firebox can restrict airflow and impede combustion. Think moderate and consistent for an optimally hot fire.

✓ Improve Insulation

  • Enhancing insulation around the fireplace and chimney helps hold heat in your home.
  • Sealing gaps or cracks in the chimney and surrounding walls prevents infiltration of cold air, and improves your home’s overall energy efficiency.
  • With all insulation and sealants, be sure materials used are heat-resistant and appropriate for the task.

✓ Update Fireplace Design

  • Upgrading to a modern fireplace insert or stove can significantly improve heat output and efficiency. 
  • These units are designed to transfer heat into the room and minimize heat loss through the chimney.
  • Having fireplace inserts retrofitted into an existing fireplace also provides an opportunity to convert the type of fuel your fireplace uses, if desired.

We’re Here With Solutions

A fireplace that doesn’t perform can be frustrating, but it isn’t an insurmountable problem. If you want to make the most of your fireplace’s heat output and efficiency, we’re here for you! We stand as a trusted partner with expertise in fireplace design, installation, and maintenance, and we offer tailored solutions to address heating concerns head-on. You’ll be amazed at what’s possible when it comes to bringing elegant, customized, and efficient solutions into your home to create an inviting living space.

Let our skilled technicians and craftsmen elevate your fireplace experience – call or book online now.