Zero Clearance Fireplace
A Zero clearance fireplace ‘is a factory-built fireplace that is constructed so that it can be placed, safely, with close clearances to combustible materials` (Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association www.hpba.org). This type of fireplace is designed for installations where typical framed construction will be used to secure and plywood platforms and drywall can be used to finish around the fireplace. Customers looking to build a New, or Renovate, their homes have many choices from Contemporary or Traditional designs.
High-Efficient Fireplace Insert
High-efficient Insert, or Fireplace Insert, is a “heating unit that retrofit into an existing fireplace (masonry or factory-built). They burn wood, gas or wood pellets and offer superior efficiency.” (Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association www.hpba.org). The fact that most older homes have at least one masonry or factory-built wood-burning fireplace, choosing a High-efficient insert will minimize the need for major renovation work around the fireplace. By installing the insert into the existing firebox, the appliance will have its venting travel up the chimney for proper venting. Please note that this type of installation requires that the wood-burning characteristics of the fireplace and its surround maintain its design (ie: non-combustible materials).
Free-standing wood stoves are “a heating appliance normally on legs or a pedestal.” (Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association www.hpba.org).