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Reimagining Your Fireplace

If you feel it’s time to change the look of your living room, and you are tired of rearranging the furniture, have you considered upgrading your old fireplace to a new prefabricated chimney? We at A-1 Chimney Specialist are CSIA-certified specialists who are experts in helping you select the perfect factory-built fireplace or stove that will affordably update your unit, providing you warmth and beauty as well as adding value to your home if and when you choose to sell it. With a couple of choices of types and a vast assortment of styles to match your decor, call us at A-1 Chimney Specialist today to get started planning on reimagining your fireplace with a prefabricated unit installation.

A self-contained unit which sits in the opening of your original fireplace, a prefabricated chimney is installed with an inch of wood framing because there is no need for extra insulation. Ceramic tiles are inserted inside the firebox to help keep the heat out of the firebox, burning fuel efficiently and safely. You can choose which type of fuel you want to burn: wood or gas. Wood-burning prefabricated fireplaces are a bit more expensive to install because they require more venting as wood-burning needs outdoors air for combustion and ventilation.

Wood Burning VS Gas Prefab Fireplaces

Wood burning fireplace InsertConsider the benefits and disadvantages between a wood-burning and a gas-powered prefabricated fireplace before choosing which unit you would like to install. Although a wood-burning fireplace is a bit more expensive to build, the benefits are huge. Think of the scent of wood burning in your home. You will also get that cozy, romantic, soft light from a burning fire. A gas fireplace, however, is clean and simple. A gas line is installed by your fireplace which allows you to manually control the supply, the ignition, and the heat intensity with a switch. Typically, a gas-powered fireplace also lasts longer than a wood-burning one.

When it comes to the styles of a prefabricated fireplace, the sky is the limit! You can go contemporary with a clean face design that looks like a typical wall, traditional with a stone hearth, or even make a peninsula or an island fireplace for a truly modern look to your home. See-through fireplaces are becoming popular as are indoor/outdoor fireplaces. You will be surprised when you see the options you have available with prefabricated fireplaces.

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, a factory-built, prefabricated fireplace is just as safe and efficient as a masonry fireplace. Proper usage and care is critical when you have this type of fireplace, so it’s important to know these guidelines:

  • Open the damper when starting a fire.
  • Do not overload your fireplace.
  • Close the screen and glass doors when burning a fire to keep sparks and flames from entering your home.
  • Never start a fire with a liquid fire accelerant.
  • Be sure to schedule an annual chimney sweeping and inspection.

Reimagining your fireplace is as simple as picking up the phone and calling A-1 Chimney Specialist today to schedule an appointment to talk to us about choosing the perfect prefabricated chimney for your home.