Fireplaces / October 13, 2018 / Bethany Selby.
It should a noted that there are two main types of fireplace kits. There are both indoor fireplace kits and outdoor fireplace kits. It can only help matters to specify which type you are interested in while performing any net research or comparison shopping. You have already added the term “indoor” to your search.
The typical indoor fireplace kit comes with all the necessary fireplace components that must be used to construct a sound masonry fireplace. The firebox and smoke chamber are the most technical and functionally critical elements of a masonry fireplace, and as such, these are the most noteworthy components of any indoor fireplace kit.
Most fireplace kits also come with a damper, firebricks for lining the firebox, as well as enough dry cement mix with which to install the various components. These kits generally also include handling dowels. These help you to maneuver the fireplace components into place. Also, complete step by step instructions come with any indoor fireplace kit worth purchasing.
Whether the fireplace will reside on an outside wall or in the very middle of your home, the most important consideration is that the fire has its foundation support. it is one of the first things that should a considered when opting for an indoor fireplace kit. The location in which the fireplace will reside is the first and foremost important consideration to make before beginning assembly or installation.
Structural concerns are significant, as you will not only be placing a cumbersome masonry structure on top of the fireplace area, but this structure will have the added potential hazard of containing burning embers. If the fireplace were to fall through the floor or even shift to an uneven angle, you could quickly have a fire problem on your hands.
Another thing to consider is the finish of the fireplace. If the fire will a covered with some type of spray on masonry finish, then it is not as crucial for other structural aspects to an addressed. If you will be using some masonry veneer, this is a much more robust approach, but other elements will have to be considered to make sure that the entire fireplace supported adequately.
Installing a fireplace kit is a pretty straightforward project. As long as you can read and follow instructions, and aren’t entirely inept with some necessary shop tools, you should have no problem getting your fireplace kit up and running.
Experienced masons that have put together fireplace kits before can usually have entire equipment cemented together within an hour. Since much of this time is taken up by the physical labor involved in moving the pieces into place, the project shouldn’t take you all that much longer.
Using an indoor fireplace kit is a great way to save a few bucks on the addition of a wood burning or gas fireplace. However, let’s be sure to keep the project less expensive and not cheap. Don’t take any other shortcuts to complete the assembly and installation of the indoor fireplace kit you purchase, as this can only lead to problems, and possibly injury.