Zero Clearance Fireplace
Your newly remodeled family room would be just perfect if only you had a fireplace as a focal point. Or tops on your wish list for your newly built home is an efficient gas fireplace.
What you may be shopping for is known as a ‘zero clearance’ gas fireplace.
Zero Clearance refers to the fireplace needing little or no space between the fireplace and the combustible building materials surrounding it. These models are built specifically to suit those conditions.
Otherwise you’d have to go through the time and expense of installing a wood-burning fireplace and then retrofit that with a gas insert or logs.
Generally speaking, there are two ‘families’ within this product line. You’ll find ‘decorative’ models in many new homes – they’re there to be a fireplace, but heat production (and efficiency) is not the primary concern.
There are also heater rated models – these usually have additional features, including greater efficiency. Put it this way: a decorative model will cost about 30-cents per hour for about 50% efficiency; a heater rated model will also cost about 30-cents per hour, but the efficiency will be closer to 80% so you get more useable heat.
There are dozens of models to choose from – large and imposing for a great room, smaller and more shallow in depth for those situations where you don’t want the fireplace to take up too much floor space.
Don’t forget to allow for the depth – the fireplace pictured here may look flat, but it’s 21 1/2 inches deep. If you want to save floor space, you could put the fireplace flush to an outside wall and build a chase out around it.
Or you can choose to frame in the fireplace, keeping everything spare or hanging a floating mantel above the fireplace. Or you could buy or build a mantel cabinet around it. Options abound.
We are pleased to announce that we have added Kozy Heat to our line of Fireplaces and Inserts.