Zero-Clearance Fireplaces and Why They are Good Options
If you’ve been considering a supplemental heat source for your home, consider a zero-clearance fireplace. Also referred to as ZC fireplaces, these efficient appliances are excellent options. Sometimes you don’t realize what you need for your home until you learn more about what’s available. The following will provide you plenty of information to determine whether the benefits of zero-clearance fireplaces are ideal for your lifestyle and home.
What is a Zero-Clearance Fireplace?
A zero-clearance fireplace is a factory-made, pre-manufactured fireplace. The most distinguishing quality of a ZC fireplace is that it can be safely installed and used without a buffer zone between it and combustible surfaces. These appliances are constructed in such a way that they are safe to use right next to sheetrock walls, wood, and paneling. The design intentionally keeps the heat inside the unit while the exterior never gets hot enough to burn other materials. Many models are even safe to use in mobile homes, which can be highly combustible dwellings.
Flexible Installation Options
There is no need to be limited to a fireplace-chimney system. You can choose from numerous places throughout your home to install a ZC fireplace. Of course, design of your living spaces should be considered. But because zero-clearance fireplaces can be placed directly against combustible materials, your options are plentiful. Perhaps there’s a cozy corner you’ve wanted to make better use of. You may have wanted to upgrade your kitchen. A ZC fireplace is perfect for every gathering place in your home.
Zero-clearance fireplaces can be fueled by firewood, natural gas, propane, or pellets. All units we sell are EPA-certified. Whichever type of fuel you prefer, there is a ZC fireplace that’s ideal for your home. Wood fireplaces are popular because they provide the traditionally beloved ambiance that only wood smoke and burning wood can create. Gas fireplaces are most loved for being remarkably convenient. Turning on the flames and warmth is as simple as a thermostat adjustment or using a remote control. Pellet fireplaces are the most eco-friendly type of heating you can have.
Easy, Cost-Efficient Installation
The requirements for safely and properly installing a zero-clearance fireplace are not cumbersome. For example, you don’t need a concrete foundation with certain specifications, as with a masonry fireplace. Of course, no chimney is required. The venting can be a stovepipe chimney that exits through a ceiling or direct-vent technology that can go through the nearest wall. There are even some ventless gas fireplaces, though building regulations don’t allow for their installation in some municipalities. Professional installation is important. We provide both installation and maintenance services at FyrePro.
Please note that zero-clearance fireplaces should not be any closer than 48 inches from furniture and draperies. Also, during installation, metal studs or framing may be needed for the vicinity around the fireplace.
We invite you to visit our showroom to see some models first-hand. There are beautiful styles to match any décor, from elegant and sleek to rustic to traditional. You can also speak with our expert technicians about any questions you may have. FyrePro is located in Fort Collins, CO. Visit us at 4631 S. Mason Street or call our showroom at (970) 266-8556.