Which Is Right For You?
Fireplace or Insert?
Built-in fireplaces, known as zero clearance fireplaces, are placed directly on the combustible floor and framed into a combustible enclosure which is then tiled, bricked, or stoned in to give the look of a site built fireplace. These zero clearance units are perfectly safe as long as the manufacturers clearances are strictly followed.
Believe it or not, there is a difference between inserts and fireplaces. You must have a wood fireplace in your home in order to utilize an insert. An insert simply fills the pre-existing opening in a fireplace. If you do not have an existing fireplace, you are a candidate for either a free standing stove or a built-in fireplace.