Just like you would have a licensed dentist perform a dental implant procedure, you should also have a chimney professional complete chimney and fireplace installations, repairs, and services. It is particularly important to involve a professional when considering a prefabricated fireplace so that you don’t waste any time or money. Showrooms and warehouses across the nation are filled with appliances that were incorrectly measured and bought online. It is a bad idea to buy a prefabricated fireplace online, but it’s an even worse idea to try and install it yourself.
A professional chimney company like Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service is trained and experienced with national and local fire safety codes, and choosing a certified chimney sweep means the work is done correctly and safely. Don’t risk a hefty fine, a hazardous fireplace, or a possible disaster. Prefabricated or “pre-fab” fireplaces are factory-made. That means that it is not safe to change the unit. It will also nullify any warranties or guarantees. The safest prefabricated unit is the one that is properly measured, properly ventilated, and professionally installed and tested before use.
When it comes to a prefabricated fireplace, sizing matters. Whether you’re looking at a hearth construction, or the pre-fab fireplace is being retrofitted directly into an existing fireplace. Precise measurements must be taken of the space before ordering the unit. The measurement must be spot-on in order to make room for insulation between the new unit and the firebox and the home materials. Any empty space around the unit can become a serious fire hazard.
Your new prefabricated unit may be installed directly beneath your existing masonry chimney, but that doesn’t mean the existing chimney will work for your new fireplace. Inserts are often “piped” up in order to make the flue smaller. A properly sized flue will help the new fireplace to work properly, produce less smoke, and will have less of a fire risk. A more efficient fireplace will mean you burn less firewood, have less ash to remove, and it may also mean you have less negative impact on the environment.
Choosing the Right Professional
Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service does beautiful work on prefabricated fireplaces. We sell only top of the line brands, and they’re the brands we trust in our own homes! Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service has been operating in the area for over ten years, and is the #1 choice for comprehensive chimney care. We can take care of your installation, routine maintenance, and future repairs. Look no further than the business that stands apart.
If you’re in the Raleigh, NC area and require chimney services, call Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service at 919-747-1859. If you’re ready for your dream fireplace, and you haven’t called us yet, there’s still time! When we get started now, you can have your new fireplace in safe and proper working order by the first cold snap this fall.