Zero-clearance Fireplaces and What You Need to Know


If you’re shopping around for a fireplace but don’t want a wood-burning fireplace or don’t have a chimney, you should explore zero-clearance fireplaces. They look great and can add the same level of coziness to your home as other fireplaces. Not to mention, these fireplaces are very safe, so if you have kids, they’re perfect! Read on to find out more about zero-clearance fireplaces.

What is a zero-clearance fireplace?

A zero-clearance fireplace is a type of fireplace that can be installed in a home without the need for a traditional masonry chimney. This makes it a good choice for those homeowners who want to install a fireplace but don’t have a chimney and don’t want to have one put in.

Essentially, it’s a premanufactured metal firebox that’s completely self-contained and insulated. It’s made this way so that the outside never gets too hot to cause any damage to the surround or objects around it. Because of this, it doesn’t require any clearance from combustible items like other fireplaces do – hence the name “zero-clearance”. 

Benefits of Zero-clearance Fireplaces

As you can imagine, there are a variety of benefits to installing a zero-clearance fireplace in your home. 

It’s versatile and convenient.

A zero-clearance fireplace can be installed almost anywhere, including in the corner of a room or on an interior wall.

There’s no chimney required.

As we mentioned, a zero-clearance fireplace doesn’t require the installation of a chimney. This can save a lot of money, time, and hassle.

They’re very efficient.

These types of fireplaces are more efficient than traditional wood-burning fireplaces because they’re sealed, and the heat cannot escape through a chimney.

It’s a low-maintenance fireplace.

Zero-clearance fireplaces are also pretty low maintenance, especially compared to wood-burning fireplaces. They still require cleaning and maintenance, but not to the same degree.

They’re affordable.

Generally speaking, zero-clearance fireplaces are cheaper to install than wood-burning fireplaces, and they can be cheaper to run, too.

They’re safe and look good.

Finally, these fireplaces are designed to be safe. They’re sealed and have a ventilation system to ensure they’re safe to use. Plus, they look good in any home!

What to Know When Buying a Zero-clearance Fireplace

When it comes to purchasing one of these fireplaces, there are some things you need to know. You’ll need to consider the size relative to the room you want to install it in and other important factors before you buy.

You should also consider:

  • The fuel type you want to use – gas is the most popular.
  • The BTU output you need or want.
  • The amount of heat you need it to produce.
  • The space it’ll take up in your home.
  • Where you’re going to install it.
  • How quickly you want it to heat the room.
  • The type of ventilation system on the unit.
  • The style, appearance, and finishes you want.

Your Zero-clearance Fireplace 

Overall, they’re an excellent option for any home, especially ones without chimneys and ones with children. They’re efficient, safe, and visually appealing. With a zero-clearance fireplace, you still get to select the style and the surround so you can create the perfect focal point for your space.

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