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Does a zero clearance fireplace need a chimney?

Zero clearance fireplaces do require a chimney for venting, but installation may be easier than you think. Usually, a few sections of stainless steel chimney pipe are run out of the top of the fireplace and up through the roof.

How do you install a zero clearance fireplace?

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So it's very close that's the old-fashioned. Way right this way you can bring air right into the firebox. And not take any of your heated. Room air and glass doors help then the glass doors.

Are zero clearance fireplaces efficient?

Benefits of Zero Clearance Wood Fireplace

These fireplaces are also more efficient than an open-hearth masonry fireplace. Open-hearth options may have just 10 percent efficiency, while zero clearance wood fireplaces can have an efficiency rating of up to 70 percent.

Can I burn wood in a zero clearance fireplace?

Wood Burning

To answer what many of you may be wondering, yes, you can burn wood in a zero-clearance wood-burning fireplace. Wood is arguably the most popular fuel option among homeowners because it closely resembles a traditional masonry fire’s beauty and ambiance.

Can you put a fireplace insert in a zero clearance fireplace?

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You can purchase an insert. And put it inside of a zero clearance open burning fireplace.

How long does a zero clearance fireplace last?

While a masonry fireplace may last as long as the house stands, a prefab wood burning fireplace is considered within our industry to have a lifespan of 10 to 30 years.

What is the difference between a zero clearance fireplace and a masonry fireplace?

While brick and ceramic are the most common materials used for the internal, or working, components of a masonry fireplace, the face material can also include stone, marble, granite, travertine and tile. Zero Clearance (or ZC) fireplaces are pre-manufactured metal fireboxes with coinciding metal flue pipe.

How much does it cost to install a zero clearance fireplace?

A contractor will charge $2,587 to install a prefabricated zero-clearance fireplace and chimney. This includes the labor and material.

What does a zero clearance insert do?

In simple terms, the zero clearance insert is one of the most important accessories you can buy for your tablesaw. It closes the gap from the metal insert that came with your saw which reduces the possibility of tear-out on your cuts.

What is prefabricated zero clearance fireplace?

Zero-Clearance Fireplaces are pre-manufactured fireplaces where the unit or firebox can be placed almost directly against combustible materials like wood, walls, or paneling.

How do I know if my fireplace is prefab?

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The inside of a factory built fireplace is generally solid sheets of metal. Like the interior of the fireplace pictured.

How high is the hearth framed for the zero clearance fireplace?


The fireplace enclosure must not be less than 81″ above the base of the fireplace. If the fireplace is raised, the enclosure height must be raised to maintain the 81″. Do not build into this area.

Are prefab fireplaces safe?

Prefab fireplaces are extensively factory-tested for safety. However, they must be installed correctly to be safe in your home. You must be sure that replacement parts are made for your specific fireplace, or risk a house fire. Some prefab fireplaces burn wood, some gas, some both.

Can you put a wood burning insert in a prefab fireplace?

Wood burning insert before installation. Now wood burning inserts can also be placed in prefabricated fireplaces, but again you are going to need to be careful on what insert you buy as not all inserts will work.

How long do manufactured fireplaces last?

If you keep your chimney maintained and have annual inspections from a CSIA-certified chimney sweep, you might be able to get 20 – 30 years out of your prefab fireplace. However, a more realistic expectancy would be 10 – 15 years.