Top 9 Benefits of Installing a Zero-Clearance Fireplace

Whether looking for an alternative heating system or looking to add more personality to your living room with a fireplace, all of the options out there can make it challenging to choose. No matter what fuel you prefer (natural gas, propane, or wood) a zero-clearance fireplace may be the best option for you.

Zero-clearance fireplaces are factory, pre-fabricated fireplaces that they can be safely installed near combustible materials. They are less expensive and more efficient than masonry fireplaces, as well as conveniently designed to fit in tight places, on second stories and require no expensive foundations. A zero-clearance fireplace is a smart and attractive addition to any home.

Here are the 9 benefits more in detail:

  1. Can be installed in any home:These appliances can be used in any home, including mobile homes in many cases (it is important to check the model information to ensure it is listed fora mobile home).
  2. Low maintenance and easy to operate:These appliances are designed to be easy to use and to require less maintenance. You will not have to worry about expensive masonry or chimney repairs.
  3. Convenient installation:Pre-fabricated in a factory, installation requires much less time and work than masonry fireplaces. Manufacturers strongly recommend that zero clearance fireplaces be installed by factory trained, or National Fireplace Institute certified professionals(United States)  in order to insure that the fireplaces are safe and operate properly.
  1. Reduced installation costs:There is much less labor involved in the installation of zero clearance fireplaces and their chimney systems relative to masonry fireplaces. Additionally, expensive concrete foundations are not required for zero clearance fireplaces.
  2. Fits in tight spaces:Zero-clearance fireplaces have a greater amount of insulation than masonry fireplaces. This added insulation makes it unnecessary to leave a buffer zone between your fireplace and combustible materials allowing it to fit into tighter spaces than other appliances.
  1. Increased efficiency:Open-hearth masonry fireplaces have as low as 10% efficiency whereas zero-clearance fireplaces can have up to 70% efficiency.
  1. You pick the fuel type:Whether you prefer the convenience of gas, or want to use an environmentally friendly fuel like wood there is a zero-clearance fireplace fit for you.
  1. Many styles to choose from:There are many different styles and sizes to choose from to fit your home and cater to your taste. It is important to choose a fireplace that is the right size for the space it is installed in. Choosing a fireplace that is too small or too large is not wise. It is smart to speak to a professional who can help you choose the right model for you.
  1. Adds character to any home:A zero-clearance fireplaces allows you to enjoy the cozy atmosphere and attractive appearance created by having one or more zero clearance fireplaces in your home.

By the way, you can find great information on how to design what surrounds your gas fireplace in this article from our friends at Whether it is installed indoors or outdoors, you will find helpful information on the best materials to use and the styling around the fireplace. We love the portion where it talks about the best activities to do around a fireplace!

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Auburn, AL

Top Hat Chimney Sweeps
1280 Financial Ct.
Auburn, AL 36830

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Elk Grove, CA

Custom Fireside Shops
9097 Elk Grove Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95624

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Sacramento, CA

Custom Fireside Shops
5455 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95841

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Durango, CO

Durango Outdoor Living
140 Rock Point Drive
Durango, CO 81301

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Durango, CO

Four Corner Stoves & Spas
3001 Main Avenue
Durango, CO 81301

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Grand Junction, CO

Stove Depot and Chimney Works
330 North Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81501

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New London, CT

Family Hearth and Patio LLC
571 Broad Street
New London, CT 06320

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Ridgefield, CT

Yankee Doodle, Inc.
71 Ethan Allen Highway
Ridgefield, CT 06877

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Dover, DE

Byler's Stove Shoppe, Inc.
1368b Rose Valley School Rd.
Dover, DE 19904

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Destin, FL

Doodlebuggers Service Network
36054 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, FL 32541

Bettendorf, IA

Fireplaces Plus, Inc.
1745 State Street
Bettendorf, IA 52722

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Rockford, IL

Advanced Chimney Systems, Inc.
3486 Lonergan Drive
Rockford, IL 61109

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Wauconda, IL

Grass Roots Energy, Inc.
28751 N Route 12
Wauconda, IL 60084

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Evansville, IN

Firemaster, Inc.
5300 E Morgan Avenue
Evansville, IN 47715

Jeffersonville, IN

Olde Towne Chimney & Fireplace Sales
915 Nachand Ln
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

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Overland Park, KS

Kansas City Fireplace Center
10470 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66212

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Erlanger, KY

TateBuilder's Supply, LLC
3511 Dixie Highway
Erlanger, KY 41018

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Littleton, MA

Woodstove, Fireplace and Patio Shop, Inc.
60 White Street
Littleton, MA 01460

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Seekonk, MA

The Fireplace Showcase
775 Fall River Ave
Seekonk, MA 02771

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Sudbury, MA

Woodstove, Fireplace and Patio Shop, Inc.
348 Boston Post Road
Sudbury, MA 01776

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Duluth, MN

Duluth Stove & Fireplace
2431 W Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55806

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Minneapolis, MN

Woodland Stoves & Fireplaces
2901 Franklin Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Oakdale, MN

Energy Savers of Minnesota
6298 Highway 36 Blvd N
Oakdale, MN 55128

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Rochester, MN

Brekke Fireplace Shoppe
1904 S. Broadway
Rochester, MN 55904

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Walker, MN

Wilkening Fireplace Company
9608 State 371 NW
Walker, MN 56484

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Charlotte, NC

The Hearth and Patio
4332 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28205

Fargo, ND

Home Heating, Plumbing & A/C Inc.
701 28th Street South
Fargo, ND 58103

Fargo, ND

Hebron Brick Company
2300 Main Avenue
Fargo, ND 58103

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Omaha, NE

Fireplace By Design
13913 R Plaza
Omaha, NE 68137

Epping, NH

The Stove Shoppe
285, Calef Highway Rte. 125
Epping, NH 03042

Windham, NH

The Stove Shoppe
25 Indian Rock Road
Windham, NH 03087

Hamilton, NJ

Bowden's Fireside - Hearth & Home
1731 Nottingham Way
Hamilton, NJ 08619

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Voorhees, NJ

Rettinger Fireplace Systems, Inc
476 Centennial Blvd
Voorhees, NJ 08043

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Yorktown Heights,, NY

Fire Glow Distributors, Inc.
173 Tomahawk St
Yorktown Heights,, NY 10598

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Canfield, OH

Youngstown Propane, Inc.
4445 Boardman-Canfield Rd.
Canfield, OH 44406

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St. Henry, OH

Buschur's Refrigeration, Inc.
541 N Eastern Avenue
St. Henry, OH 45883

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Portland, OR

Classic Heat Source Inc
18430 SE Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97233

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Emmaus, PA

Stoves 'n Stuff, LTD
683 State Rd/Lehigh St
Emmaus, PA 18049

Media, PA

Chimney Cricket
101 State Road
Media, PA 19063

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Stroudsburg,, PA

Stoves 'n Stuff, LTD
1523 N. Ninth Street
Stroudsburg,, PA 18360

Tamaqua, PA

Stoves 'n Stuff, LTD
561 West Penn Pike
Tamaqua, PA 18252

Rapid City, SD

Hebron Brick Company
1543 Deadwood Ave
Rapid City, SD 57709

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Sioux Falls, SD

Hebron Brick Company
2211 W. 50th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105-6525

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Vermillion, SD

Kalin's Indoor Comfort Inc.
710 Cottage Avenue
Vermillion, SD 57069

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Manassas, VA

Winston's Chimney Service
11301 Industrial Road
Manassas, VA 20109

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Barre, VT

Chimney Sweep Fireplace Shop
1284 US Rte, 302 Ste 10
Barre, VT 05641-2317

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Bennington, VT

Friends of The Sun
126 Hicks Avenue
Bennington, VT 05201

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Manchester, VT

Friends of The Sun
159 Depot Street
Manchester, VT 05255

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Shelburne, VT

Chimney Sweep Fireplace Shop
3113 Shelburne Road
Shelburne, VT 05482

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White River Jnct, VT

Home Comfort Warehouse
54 Bridge Street
White River Jnct, VT 05001

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Burlington, WI

Burlington Fireplace & Heating LLC
857 Milwaukee Ave.
Burlington, WI 53105

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Madison, WI

Top Hat
5117 Verona Rd
Madison, WI 53711

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West Salem, WI

American Home Fireplace & Patio
240 County Road M North
West Salem, WI 54669

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Morgantown, WV

Rustic By Design
709 Beechurst Ave. Suite 15
Morgantown, WV 26505

Laramie, WY

High Country Stoves & Fireplaces
860 N. 3rd Street
Laramie, WY 82072

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4 Responses

  1. Carolyn randall
    Hello Were can we buy and what are the costs Thank you! Carolyn
    • We Love Fireplaces and Grills
      Hello Rosie! You will find your local retailer on this link: You only need to enter your ZIP Code in the blank space provided. The team will gladly answer any questions you have regarding the costs depending on your project.
  2. Jeff Parker
    If I install a zero clearance wood fireplace, later on could I install gas logs in it and no longer burn wood?
    • We Love Fireplaces and Grills
      Hello Jeff! Thank you for reading our blog. Your question is very good. Some wood fireplaces do have a gas knockout plate. It means that they can be ‘converted’ to gas, with a gas logs set. When buying your wood fireplace, make sure that this option is available and listed in the owner’s manual. If not, then that fireplace cannot be converted. As a rule of thumb, EPA High Efficient Wood Fireplaces do not have that option, while ‘Decorative Wood Fireplaces’ mostly do have the gas knockout built-in. Hope this answers your question. When contacting one of our dealer partners, make it known to them that the possibility of converting to gas logs in the future is important to you. The dealer will then guide toward the proper wood fireplace. We informed one of your local fireplace dealer part of our group about your question. An expert will shortly contact you for further information. You can also find your local store on this link: Have a nice day and a great fireplace project!
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