Firebacks are now available from The Wagga Iron Foundry . The purpose of these heating accessories is to prevent the bricks at the rear of fireplaces from crumbling because of intense heat.
Interestingly enough, firebacks were one of the first uses of cast iron. And not only do they protect bricks, they also reflect heat back into the room. In other words, they help maximise the effectiveness of fireplaces.
The Wagga Iron Foundry is able to place brands, initials or crests onto these firebacks. They are usually placed high up to ensure they are not obscured by the fireplace.
Heat causes iron to expand, so it is important to allow room at the sides of the firebacks to prevent the fireplace from cracking. The Wagga Iron Foundry casts its firebacks in ductile iron to minimise the chances of this occurring.