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Hello. Are there standard size fireplaces I should be making?

Question:
Hello. I am wondering when people buy fireplaces, do they buy pre-made fireplaces or have it custom built by a metalsmith?

Choices:
Premade in a factory
Handemade by a metalsmith

 


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Posts: 13 | Location: Lapeer Michigan | Registered: Jan 23, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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If you are talking zero clearance fireplaces, I would think 99.99% are factory made for these reasons: cost, UL listing, and repair part availability. If you are talking freestanding woodstoves the custom market is probably bigger.


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If I was interested in a fireplace I'd look for a mason, not a metalsmith.
 
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A fireplace is a fantastic addition to every home and at the same time adds a lot of value to your home. Anyone can buy a mass produced fireplace screen, but a custom made screen will be made from higher quality materials and have more attention given to detail.
 
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Every set of iron fireplace doors I have built so far were custom made. I had to measure the masonry and build it to fit. I am wondering how all the factory sheet metal ones fit into a existing opening. I am simply looking for a "standard" size to build and produce a higher quality product.


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Posts: 13 | Location: Lapeer Michigan | Registered: Jan 23, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I doubt you'll be able to standardize them. I'd bet masonry fireplaces in the same subdivision built by the same builder and mason aren't consistent.


General Disclaimer

Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

I am not an employee of HGTV, nor is anyone else that posts here.

My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

 
Posts: 6993 | Location: Cary, North Carolina | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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