What is a Fireplace Lintel?
Are you wondering if the lintel bar above your firebox is necessary? This bar extends over the top of the firebox and supports the front side of the chimney. Many interior designers, contractors, and DIY homeowners are guilty of removing this essential chimney component. While the fireplace lintel might not look important to you, it plays a critical role in protecting your home.
The fireplace lintel or lintel bar is a horizontal beam that runs across the length of the fireplace and supports the chimney. It typically extends into each side of the wall by about 4 inches. In some cases, it is an arch made of brick or stone that extends over the firebox into the walls. Old homes often have a wooden lintel, while newer homes usually have a lintel made of steel, stone, brick, or concrete. Steel and concrete lintels last the longest.
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