If you’ve been shopping around for a fireplace and have come across the term “zero clearance,” you might not know what that phrase means. Often, the description of the fireplace has “zero clearance to combustibles” as well. If you’ve been wondering “what is a zero clearance fireplace,” you’ve come to the right place!
A zero clearance fireplace is a factory-built fireplace that is constructed to be placed safely against combustible materials (such as walls and floors). This eliminates the need for a buffer zone because the firebox (the part of a fireplace where fuel is combusted) is constructed in such a way that the outside does not get hot enough to burn other materials.
A zero clearance fireplace can be installed in almost any home, almost anywhere in your home, using existing floor structures and a prefabricated chimney. The space used for zero clearance fireplaces is much smaller than that used by traditional fireplaces (because of the lack of a buffer zone). This tends to make zero clearance fireplaces cheaper, too, as there is no need for complex masonry work to shield combustible materials from exposure to heat.
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