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This is a fireplace and chimney system that was manufactured in a factory (as the name implies) out of metal. It is a modular system of component parts that was brought to a job site and installed once the wood framing for the house was in place. It has a firebox lined with refractory panels, with a damper at the top of the firebox and lengths of double or triple-walled
chimney place on top to form a complete fireplace and chimney system. The chimney above the roofline may be enclosed by a wooden chase.
It has many slang names (which I refuse to use) but some of you may know this fireplace as a Z-Can, ZC, Zero Clearance fireplace (which is a misnomer) as clearances to combustibles are required. I’ve heard some people refer to it as an insert, which is totally incorrect.
First of all, let me be clear, artificial gas log sets can only be installed in a fireplace that is suitable for wood burning. The only way we can determine the fireplace is fire safe is to clean the chimney and then look at the interior surfaces with our remote vision camera system.
These sets come in various sizes and include ceramic logs of your choice with a burn pan, decorative silica sand, volcanic cinders, dual effect embers, a pedestal grate and damper stop.
A plumbing contactor is required to install a gas valve on the floor or wall near the fireplace and a gas supply line into the firebox.
Vent-free artificial gas log sets are illegal in the State of California.
At the Irish Sweep, we strive to stay ahead of the latest information and details in our industry through continuing education. The owner, Sal McKnight, attended a class over the weekend that was taught by Bob Ferrari, a master outdoorsman. During the seminar, Sal learned some
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