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|BENEFITS||Most fireplaces are engineered and pre-built.
Factory-built fireplaces are available in a range of sizes and can be open on one, two (“see-through” and corner models), three (“peninsula”) or four sides (“oasis”).
Brick, stone, marble and other facing materials can be combined with your choice of mantels to suit your décor.
|INSTALLATION||Factory-built fireplaces are surprisingly inexpensive, use a safe, lightweight chimney and do not need any additional structural support. Because they have fewer limitations than site-built masonry fireplaces, they can be easily and safely installed in almost any room.
Gas vent-free fireplaces require no chimney or flue modification.
Electric fireplaces simply plugin to an electrical outlet.
|FUEL USE/TYPE|| Fireplaces burn wood as well as natural gas or propane.
Electric fireplaces offer amazing realism.
Includes estimated price of average product and installation (in US $)
| Typical cost of post construction (remodel) of an EPA certified wood-burning fireplace: $3,000-$5,000.
|Typical cost of post construction (remodel) of a gas fireplace: $3,000-$5,000 (assumes no gas line work).|
|Electric fireplaces are the easiest to install as no venting or chimney is required. The typical cost: $500-$3,000.|
Effiency is measured differently for different fuel types
| Factory-built fireplaces (EPA Certified) are heater-listed and can be 60 - 80% efficient.
|Heater-listed direct-vent gas fireplaces are 58 - 80% efficient.|
|Vent-free gas fireplaces are 92 - 99% efficient.|
|Condensing gas fireplaces, an emerging technology, are 82 - 94% efficient.|
|Electric fireplaces with heating elements are up to 99% efficient.|
* Accessories such as remote controls and gas line work may add to the estimated cost.
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