Masonry fireplace designs are solid and substantial, often with a commanding presence. Though the foundation, firebox and chimney liner are constructed of masonry materials, the fireplace and chimney exterior can be clad with any finishing material the homeowner desires.
Historically, a masonry fireplace, such as a Rumford design, was built entirely on site -- generally by a skilled mason. Utilizing a combination of stone or concrete, brick and firebrick to construct the foundation and firebox, and clay tiles to line the chimney flue . . . . . the fireplace -- often weighing in at 6 to 7 tons or more -- was extremely durable and designed to last a very long time. Though this time-honored method of masonry fireplace construction continues to be employed today, particularly in custom designs, it is also the costliest method . . . due to the amount of time and labor, as well as additional structural support and materials required. However, as a result of advances in technology in recent years, it is now possible to get a factory-built masonry firebox and chimney system delivered to your site and set on a concrete foundation, effectively reducing the overall construction costs.
Regardless of whether you choose a traditional masonry fireplace built entirely on site or a partially site-built design using modular masonry units, you will have a solid and substantial hearth that will enhance the value of your home today while providing enjoyment for you and your family for years to come!
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