Factory-Built Fireplace/Zero Clearance

New, energy-efficient, factory-built (sometimes called zero-clearance fireplaces) can often provide more heat than their traditional masonry counterparts. One of the most redeeming features of these fireplaces is that they require low clearance between themselves and other combustible surfaces. For example, they can be placed between 1/2 and 2 inches away from walls with wood studs without any danger of fire. Instead of a brick chimney, these fireplaces use a stainless steel lightweight metal flue. This means much lighter foundation requirements….or even none at all. As a result, you will have much more flexibility in your installation.

Factory-built fireplaces are light-weight, relatively inexpensive, and easy to install. They can be placed on any floor of the home without architectural reinforcement and can be quickly installed.

Applying wood stove technology to fireplace construction, many factory-built fireplaces have high efficiencies (up to 70+ percent) and are EPA rated (clean air and more heat for less wood!) . Manufacturers achieve high efficiencies in various ways. Often fireplaces have tight-fitting glass doors and some type of air control system. Means for achieving high efficiencies differ between models.

Because of their many benefits, factory-built fireplaces are becoming a popular option for many homeowners and builders. They can be used simply for enjoyment and aesthetics or, with some of the more expensive models, they can be used as a source of heat. They have many different designs and can be faced with many types of materials, such as marble, granite, block, tile, and stone. You usually cannot safety retrofit a stove or insert in a factory-built fireplace. Some manufacturers, however, do make particular inserts that may go in specified factory-built fireplaces.

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