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10 Good Reasons to Install a Zero-Clearance Fireplace

zero-clearance fireplaceIf you would like to add the coziness of a roaring fire to different rooms of your home, a zero-clearance fireplace may be a perfect appliance for you. These pre-manufactured fireplaces can be installed either directly against or within a few inches of combustible materials, depending on manufacturer’s instructions for the unit. Whether the wall where you want to install a fireplace is wood, paneling, sheetrock, or some other type of material, it can be safely done without taking up much space.

The following are ten good reasons to get a zero-clearance fireplace installed:

1. No buffer zone is required or needed to place one of these pre-fab fireplaces, which means they can fit in smaller spaces than other types of heating units.

2. It costs less and is less of a hassle to install a zero-clearance fireplace as compared with other appliances.

3. Since no masonry work is needed to protect combustible materials from heat produced by the fires in the fireplace, the cost of installation can be dramatically reduced.

4. Even if your home was built without a fireplace, you can still have the warmth and romance that a fireplace can bring. Small rooms can even accommodate one of these pre-fab appliances. Some models only require air ventilation pipes in the back.

5. Whereas the warmth generated in traditional open masonry fireplaces mostly goes up the chimney, modern versions of zero-clearance fireplaces have efficiencies of up to 70%.

6. You can take your choice of various types of fuel to be used in a zero-clearance fireplace. Whether you prefer to burn gas, wood logs, or wood pellets, there are beautiful styles available. You can also choose an electric fireplace.

7. Because these pre-manufactured fireplaces are so heavily insulated, they make the joy of a fireplace accessible to everyone. Many models are safe for use in mobile homes.

8. There are many sizes, models, and styles for you to choose from, and our professional chimney technicians can help you determine which models are best for you.

9. Zero-clearance fireplaces are low-maintenance appliances, and they are easy to operate.

10. No matter which room of the house you install your fireplace in, there is a size and shape that’s just right.


zero-clearance fireplace installationThere are traditional and modern styles of these efficient appliances, and it’s best to become familiar with them so that you better understand your choices.

Traditional zero-clearance fireplaces are similar in appearance to classic masonry fireplaces. Choose from among the models which burn the type of fuel you want to use, whether wood or gas.

The newer models of these pre-manufactured fireplaces are designed especially for greater efficiency and are usually wood-fueled. They typically have heavy cast-iron doors in front as opposed to glass doors.

Bonus tips

  • A protective hearth is not required for use with zero-clearance fireplaces. As a result, the classic fireplace effect can be lost. To achieve a classic look, it may help to decorate with fireplace appliances.
  • It’s important to choose the correct size when purchasing a zero-clearance fireplace. The basic rule of thumb is to get a fireplace that is relative to the size of the space in which it is installed.

If you have any questions or if you are ready to install a zero-clearance fireplace in your home, give our professional chimney technicians a call today.

Northeastern Chimney, Inc
37 Cody Street, West Hartford, CT 06110
Phone: 860-233-5770

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