Why a Factory-Built Fireplace is a Good Investment

As a homeowner, if you have a fireplace, you have an amenity that increases the value of your house. This is true whether you have a masonry fireplace or a factory-built fireplace. There are numerous benefits to having a pre-fabricated fireplace in your home, including the fact that a masonry chimney is not a necessity. In an existing home that lacks a chimney, it is especially exciting for many homeowners that they can still enjoy a warm fire in the winter, thanks to the versatility of factory-built fireplaces.

What is a Factory-Built Fireplace?

As the name implies, a factory-built fireplace is constructed / pre-fabricated at a factory and then installed in homes. These fireplaces are extremely well-insulated and have an air blanket built in which keeps the outer wall cool. The amount of clearance needed between these fireplaces and combustible materials is only about one-half inch, which is why they are also known as “zero-clearance fireplaces.”

All-Important Installation

A zero-clearance fireplace comes complete with the firebox and the entire chimney system. They can be vented through a masonry chimney, though the flue and connecting pipes must be the size required by the manufacturer. One of the most important aspects of a factory-built fireplace is that it should be installed by a professional, such as a trained chimney technician. The following is more about installation:

  • The primary reason to go with professional installation of a zero-clearance fireplace is that clearance specifications must be adhered to strictly, and ongoing maintenance is also important.
  • Professionals are familiar with manufacturer’s instructions and local codes and are able to fulfill all requirements which will ensure safe operation and avoid unwanted surprises about improper installation, in the event of a home inspection. A building permit is a requirement, when installing a zero-clearance fireplace.

More Basics

A factory-built fireplace typically has a lifespan of 20 to 30 years.

There is a huge selection of styles and designs of factory-built fireplaces. You can find a style to match your home, no matter what kind of décor you have. There are many stunning designs.

Annual inspection of zero-clearance fireplaces is recommended by both the National Fire Protection Association and the Chimney Safety Institute of America*.

Safety Tips

Factory-built fireplaces are built to meet strict standards, and they pass rigorous testing standards. The appliances have an excellent safety record, but safe use of the fireplace is essential.

  • Liquid fire starters such as gasoline, charcoal lighter fluid, lantern fuel, or kerosene should never be used. In addition, these types of products should not be stored anywhere near a fireplace. These appliances are built for the purpose of burning solid fuel only.
  • The screen on the fireplace should always be closed, to prevent sparks or hot embers from entering the home and possibly causing combustible materials to ignite.
  • Before lighting a fire, always open the flue damper.
  • Never overload the fireplace because burning logs could fall out.
  • Do not burn Christmas trees or a lot of paper in the fireplace because these types of fires are extremely hot and can actually cause joints to separate or metal to warp.
* United States

Below is a list of fireplace and grill stores that service ()

Auburn, AL

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

Top Hat Chimney Sweeps LogoVisit Store Page

Elk Grove, CA

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

Custom Fireside Shops LogoVisit Store Page

Sacramento, CA

Custom Fireside Shops
5455 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95841

Custom Fireside Shops LogoVisit Store Page

Durango, CO

Durango Outdoor Living
140 Rock Point Drive
Durango, CO 81301

Durango Outdoor Living LogoVisit Store Page

Durango, CO

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

Four Corner Stoves & Spas LogoVisit Store Page

Grand Junction, CO

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

Stove Depot and Chimney Works LogoVisit Store Page

New London, CT

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

Family Hearth and Patio LLC LogoVisit Store Page

Ridgefield, CT

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

Yankee Doodle, Inc. LogoVisit Store Page

Dover, DE

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

Byler's Stove Shoppe, Inc. LogoVisit Store Page

Destin, FL

Doodlebuggers Service Network
36054 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, FL 32541

Bettendorf, IA

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

Fireplaces Plus, Inc. LogoVisit Store Page

Rockford, IL

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

Advanced Chimney Systems, Inc. LogoVisit Store Page

Wauconda, IL

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

Grass Roots Energy, Inc. LogoVisit Store Page

Evansville, IN

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

Jeffersonville, IN

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

Olde Towne Chimney & Fireplace Sales LogoVisit Store Page

Overland Park, KS

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

Kansas City Fireplace Center LogoVisit Store Page

Erlanger, KY

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

TateBuilder's Supply, LLC LogoVisit Store Page

Littleton, MA

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

Woodstove, Fireplace and Patio Shop, Inc. LogoVisit Store Page

Seekonk, MA

The Fireplace Showcase
775 Fall River Ave
Seekonk, MA 02771

The Fireplace Showcase LogoVisit Store Page

Sudbury, MA

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

Woodstove, Fireplace and Patio Shop, Inc. LogoVisit Store Page

Duluth, MN

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

Duluth Stove & Fireplace LogoVisit Store Page

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

Energy Savers of Minnesota LogoVisit Store Page

Rochester, MN

Brekke Fireplace Shoppe
1904 S. Broadway
Rochester, MN 55904

Brekke Fireplace Shoppe LogoVisit Store Page

Walker, MN

Wilkening Fireplace Company
9608 State 371 NW
Walker, MN 56484

Wilkening Fireplace Company LogoVisit Store Page

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

Hebron Brick Company LogoVisit Store Page

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

Bowden's Fireside - Hearth & Home LogoVisit Store Page

Voorhees, NJ

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

Rettinger Fireplace Systems, Inc LogoVisit Store Page

Yorktown Heights,, NY

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

Fire Glow Distributors, Inc. LogoVisit Store Page

Canfield, OH

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

Youngstown Propane, Inc. LogoVisit Store Page

St. Henry, OH

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

Buschur's Refrigeration, Inc. LogoVisit Store Page

Portland, OR

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

Classic Heat Source Inc LogoVisit Store Page

Emmaus, PA

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

Media, PA

Chimney Cricket
101 State Road
Media, PA 19063

Chimney Cricket LogoVisit Store Page

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

Hebron Brick Company LogoVisit Store Page

Sioux Falls, SD

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

Hebron Brick Company LogoVisit Store Page

Vermillion, SD

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

Kalin's Indoor Comfort Inc. LogoVisit Store Page

Manassas, VA

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

Winston's Chimney Service LogoVisit Store Page

Barre, VT

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

Chimney Sweep Fireplace Shop LogoVisit Store Page

Bennington, VT

Friends of The Sun
126 Hicks Avenue
Bennington, VT 05201

Friends of The Sun LogoVisit Store Page

Manchester, VT

Friends of The Sun
159 Depot Street
Manchester, VT 05255

Friends of The Sun LogoVisit Store Page

Shelburne, VT

Chimney Sweep Fireplace Shop
3113 Shelburne Road
Shelburne, VT 05482

Chimney Sweep Fireplace Shop LogoVisit Store Page

White River Jnct, VT

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

Home Comfort Warehouse LogoVisit Store Page

Burlington, WI

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

Burlington Fireplace & Heating LLC LogoVisit Store Page

Madison, WI

Top Hat
5117 Verona Rd
Madison, WI 53711

Top Hat LogoVisit Store Page

West Salem, WI

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

American Home Fireplace & Patio LogoVisit Store Page

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

High Country Stoves & Fireplaces LogoVisit Store Page

For more information, contact your local fireplace and grill store..

No Comments Yet.

Leave a comment