A factory-built fireplace, as the name might suggest, is a fireplace that is made in a facility that can then be stored and installed in a home later on. Although many factory-built fireplaces are used in new construction houses, it is not a requirement and they can be fitted in most homes. This style of pre-manufactured fireplace is comprised of a firebox that is enclosed in a steel cabinet with a flue or steel chimney attached.
Factory-built fireplaces are a great choice as they are lightweight, not too expensive and are efficient and safe to use. This means that they can be installed easily on any floor of the home you decide. Another benefit that comes with this type of fireplace is that they have very small safe-clearance requirements and can even be installed close to wood framing. It’s important to note, however, that the level of clearance will depend on the manufacturer so make sure you check that before installation.
Even though factory-built fireplaces do have an excellent safety record, it’s necessary to take the appropriate fire-safety precautions, just like you would a traditional fireplace. This should also include a monthly inspection of the chimney through the cold season to ensure creosote has not begun to accumulate.