Don’t Put Off Firebox Repairs!

When you consider the fact that your firebox is in closest proximity to the flames and hot embers of your fire, it’s not hard to imagine that it’s a part of the system that commonly needs repair.

In a masonry chimney system, your firebox is built out of heat-resistant refractory brick and mortar, which can hold up well against the effects of fire after fire. But over time and with use, mortar joints can wear and crack, leaving the combustible building materials in your walls far less protected against heat and embers. If water intrusion occurs, and that water reaches your firebox, it can speed up the wear and tear considerably.

If you think you may need firebox repairs, Northeastern Masonry & Chimney technicians can inspect your fireplace and, depending on the extent of your damage, recommend the best way to bring the fireplace back to optimum levels of performance and safety.

Firebox Repointing & Tuckpointing

If your damage centers around cracked or eroded masonry joints, they can often be repaired with repointing/tuckpointing work. This process involves grinding and removing the mortar in the damaged joints and smoothing fresh mortar into those joints to create a strong and protected new surface.

Firebox Rebuilds

If significant damage to the refractory materials in your firebox is present, the safest and most effective course of action may be a rebuild.

Having Northeastern Masonry & Chimney rebuild your firebox brings a variety of benefits, well beyond leaving you with a strong, expertly-constructed firebox that’s ready to hold years of fires. You can choose to make some big aesthetic changes to your fireplace during this process, too, since you’ll have a wide array of options between materials and construction. Firebricks come in many different sizes and colors, and we can build the firebox laying those bricks in a wide variety of patterns, from striking herringbone to a more traditional running bond pattern.

A fresh firebox can bring a big change to your room, and Northeastern Masonry & Chimney technicians can turn your dream fireplace into reality — just talk to us about what looks you love!

Prefabricated Fireboxes

Prefabricated fireboxes can need repair too. Most often, this consists of replacing the refractory panels that make up the walls and floor of the firebox when cracks have developed or the surfaces have abraded considerably. Northeastern Masonry & Chimney technicians are experienced with these repairs as well — just let us know what you need!

If your firebox is in need of repairs, Northeastern Masonry & Chimney is here to help. Call us at 518-767-9315 or click here to make an appointment with our CSIA-certified technicians!


At Northeastern Masonry & Chimney, we know what we’re doing when it comes to refacing and repairing your hearth. Call on us if you need this chimney and masonry repair service. We’re ready to help!