If you have a prefabricated (prefab) fireplace, you may think that you have very limited options to upgrade it to a newer and more efficient heating appliance. You have probably heard more about the fireplace inserts that are designed to fit inside an older masonry fireplace and will not work safely inside a prefab fireplace. This is mostly do to the added heat, venting requirements, and clearances required and for this, and insert is usually not a good fit if you have a prefabricated fireplace.
However, Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service would like to give you some good news: we specialize in upgrading, or retro-fitting, prefab fireplaces. Replacing your old fireplace with a new one not only improves the heating efficiency in your home, but it can also spruce up the appearance of your hearth. You can trust our installation experts, who are trained and certified by both the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fireplace Institute (NFI), to do the job properly. This is very important as the CSIA warns that the proper installation of prefab fireplaces is essential for the safe operation of these heating appliances. We offer three different options to upgrade your prefab fireplace, and we would like to tell you a bit more about them.
You would like to switch out your old prefab fireplace with the same type of unit.
If your prefab fireplace is not functioning as well as it has in the past, but it did serve you well for years, we can retro-fit the existing prefab fireplace with the same type of unit. This process begins with a consultation with our experienced staff to find out all of the details of your existing fireplace and to plan out the installation of the new unit. When we are able to map out this project ahead of time, the installation will go much more smoothly and be less expensive to you. Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service will check to see if there have been changes to codes and standards since your existing prefab fireplace was installed. Safety is our top priority, and we guarantee that we will never retro-fit a fireplace that could possibly be unsafe and create hazards.
You would like to upgrade your prefab fireplace to a different model.
If you are wishing to upgrade to a different type of prefab fireplace, our staff will be happy to show you your options and help you find the perfect unit for your home. We will then look closely at the specifications and clearances required for that unit to ensure it can be safely installed. It is essential to consider the venting requirements, fuel types, clearances required, and codes and standards. We will be sure to let you know that your choice will not work before you purchase that unit as well as to assist you with finding a unit very similar to your original choice that will work in the space of your old prefab fireplace. You can count on us to conduct this upgrading process as effectively and safely as possible.
You would like to upgrade your prefab fireplace but are on a limited budget.
For the easiest and less expensive option of upgrading your prefab fireplace, Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service has many options available to choose from that are functional and get your fires going and keep you safe. We know which models will work in your prefab fireplace, and we have the training and experience to know exactly what we are doing. Our team ensures the installation and replacement of a prefab fireplace is done correctly to meet all current building codes and specifications.
Have you been thinking about upgrading your prefab fireplace? Contact us at Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service to make an appointment for a consultation with our expert staff to learn more about your options.