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What to Consider Before Installing a NEW Fireplace 

Before you decide to repair your fireplace or install a brand new system, there are a few things you should consider. If you don’t already have a fireplace in your home then you’ll need a Professional Contractor to inspect the house and help you with the requirements of building a system into the home. 

However, if you already have a fireplace in your home but perhaps it’s old, ugly, outdated, or doesn’t work at all then it’s time to start looking into your options. Which starts with understanding the type of burning system you currently have in your home. Whether it’s gas or wood-burning there are many types of fireplaces.  Regardless of which type you have, you’ll want a Certified Chimney Sweep to help make this project a success from start to finish!

1. Prefab or Masonry?

Prefabricated fireplaces and chimneys (also known as factory-built fireplaces) offer a cost-effective fireplace installation compared to a hand-built masonry wood-burning fireplace. Also, having us install your wood stove or fireplace requires just a few days, compared to a week or more for a masonry fireplace.

2. Factory Built Systems

It’s easy to understand the appeal of factory-built fireplaces and chimney products to add warmth to home and hearth. Homeowners take comfort in knowing special steps were taken for you, the end user’s benefit.

We should understand that these engineered hearth products (fireplaces, wood-stoves, fireplace inserts, etc.) are only safe and functional when the two main components, the chimney and fireplace installation, are done same time. The fireplace manufacturers undergo testing of the prefabricated fireplaces and chimneys together. This ensures many years of chimney safety and performance.

In Kansas City, your Full Service Chimney sweep has performed many fireplace installations and chimney rebuilds. We have seen first-hand that prefabricated fireplaces and chimneys can have just as many brick chimney and fireplace variety issues. Let us help you decide which system is right for you. 

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Indoor Prefab Fireplace Diagram

Why Choose to Install a Prefab Wood-Burning Fireplace?

  1. It’s a responsible choice if you’re looking for an economical wood or gas fireplace
  2. Chimney safety is built into the prefabricated design
  3. Unlike its brick fireplace counterpart, a “prefab fireplace” is:
  • Lightweight
  • Installed with minimal construction
  • Mass-produced, so the fireplace installation costs less
  • Prefab fireplaces are quickly installed on-site since each is a pre-assembled unit
  • Designed and built for fire safety

Design of Factory Built Heating Systems

A Factory-Built Fireplace Firebox is constructed of sheet metal pieces formed and riveted together. On the inside portion exposed to flame, refractory panels are placed on the walls and beneath the fireplace grate, where the heat is the greatest.

There are engineered air spaces that reduce the heat to nearby combustibles to minimize heat transfer between the sheet metal of the prefabricated fireplace and refractory panels. Finally, the fireplace damper, found at the top of the fireplace firebox, is incorporated into the prefab chimney flue base.

Many prefabricated fireplace installations have a fireplace glass door and a screen to limit the sparks that escape, which adds a sense of security to have a fire in the home. While prefabricated fireplace glass doors are frequently optional, the fireplace spark screen and prefabricated fireplace refractory panels should always be present.

Fireplace Installations Require Attention to Details

As with masonry chimneys and brick fireplaces, you should understand that proper construction and annual maintenance (chimney sweeping and fireplace inspections) are essential for your installed fireplace. Regarding proper fireplace installation, to avoid a home or chimney fire, it is important to follow the prefabricated fireplace’s installation manual and use only proper chimney parts.

For example, the fireplace manufacturer installation manual required the prefabricated fireplace firebox to have an airspace of several inches to combustibles. Instead, it is too close (or worse touching), a house fire of nearby combustibles could result if those combustibles overheat.

Likewise, if the fireplace glass doors designed for a brick fireplace were accidentally installed on a prefabricated fireplace, cooling from air circulation around the refractory panels in the prefabricated fireplace firebox would be compromised, and overheating would likely result. For this reason, prefabricated fireplace inspections and chimney cleaning are critical.

During a fireplace cleaning, your Full Service Chimney sweep will not only remove soot and creosote to avoid a chimney fire but perform a Level 2 Chimney Inspection with a video inspection of the chimney flue. Fireplace Inspection performed by a Certified Chimney Inspector is important.

The NFPA211 (National Fire Protection Association code) requires a fireplace and chimney be inspected annually. Only close examination by a Full Service Chimney Inspector can detect deterioration or defects in the original fireplace installation.

What Our Customers Say

"We had our chimney removed and the team was fantastic! They were great to work with, communicated about everything, answered all our questions, etc. It was quieter than I expected and the team cleaned up everything everyday. I recommend them to all of our friends!!"


"The workers/technicians were great, very professional and hard workers, it was two very hot days and they did not let the heat slow them down. The work on the chimney looked great, they shared before and after photos and went over all they done at the end of the job. From the time the estimate was done to the completion of the work I have nothing but good to say about everyone inv..."


"Apologies as this post is long overdue, but I wanted to say thank you to Sam and Full Service Chimney for your discovery and recommendation on 11/12. What began as a chimney inspection, cleaning, and fix recommendation for our gas powered fireplace turned into a life-saving appointment for me and my family. Unbeknownst to us, carbon monoxide had been pouring into our home for some t..."


"I had Full Service Chimney come to my home to do an inspection and cleaning of my fireplace/chimney. Sam was very helpful. He showed up at the quoted time, which was great since I had to come home from work. He was quick, but thorough. As a first-time homeowner who has never had a fireplace, he helped walk me through the ins and outs of my fireplace and how it works. He made sure to..."


"Completion was delayed due to our inability to get electrical and plumbing completed. Once the preparations were complete we were very pleased with the quality of the workmanship. The fireplace works quite well and it is quite attractive. It is a classy addition to the room."


Your #1 Contractor for Chimney and Fireplace Installs in KC

The Full Service Chimney team of Certified Technicians install fireplaces daily in the Greater KC metro area. We can fully install your brand new system in no time!

Or if you’re having problems with an old setup, then we can help you troubleshoot. If the unit can’t be repaired, then rest assured we can replace your fireplace system with ease.

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