While factory-built fireplaces are commonly used in new construction, they can also be easily installed into a pre-existing home. Comprising a firebox encased in a steel cabinet and connected to a steel chimney or flue, ready-made fireplaces are lightweight, easy to install and very efficient. Another advantage is their small safe-clearance requirements, meaning they can be installed close to wooden framing. It is important to highlight, however, that these requirements will vary depending on the manufacturer so be sure to check this before you begin to fit your fireplace. With this kind of fireplace, it's also possible to install one on most levels of the home.
Although there are numerous advantages to a factory-built fireplace and they are known to have an excellent safety record, it’s important to remember that, just like a traditional fireplace, care must be taken around one as they could become dangerous if not used properly. You will also want to carry out a regular inspection of the chimney to ensure creosote has not started to build up. Yes, a fireplace may well be an option for your home, even if it wasn’t built with one but, as always, do your research first to make sure it is right for you.