What should I bring when buying a Fireplace?

  1. If you have an existing wood fireplace you may be looking for a gas or wood insert. Bring all dimensions of the fireplace cavity (width x height x depth) along with the depth of the lintel (the thickness of the material that crosses above the fireplace opening).  Also bring photos of the fireplace inside and outside of the building.
  2. If you do not have an existing fireplace then you may be looking for a free standing stove.  For wood stoves, measure the diameter of the wall thimble (opening into the chimney) and bring a picture of the outside chimney.
  3. If you are looking for a freestanding gas stove, bring a picture of the preferred location along with one of that location from the outside of the house.
  4. If you are interested in a factory built wood burning fireplace to be built into a wall. Bring a photo of the wall where you intend to have the fireplace installed along with a photo of the outside where the venting will be located.  A picture of the roof above this location would also be useful.
  5. If you are interested in a gas burning fireplace to be built into a wall or enclosed in a cabinet bring a photo of the wall where you intend to have the fireplace installed along with a photo of the outside where the venting will be located.
  6. Do you want gas ,wood or electric fireplace.
  7. Do you want this fireplace for heat for its aesthetic value or both.
  8. If you want it to heat, how large is the room (width, length and height) it is to be installed into.  Is the room well insulated.  How many outside doors or windows are in the room?
  9. Will the fireplace be installed in the basement, main or second floor.
  10. Do you want a traditional or a modern contemporary look for your new fireplace?
  11. If it is to be installed on the floor then what material is covering the floor?
  12. Is the fireplace to be located flat on the wall or in a corner and will it sit at floor level or do you want a raised hearth.
  13. What type of finishing do you want around the fireplace?  Wood mantel, stone or tile.
  14. For gas fireplaces stoves or inserts determined the nearest location of the gas supply in your home and the distance to the new fireplace.
  15. Is there an electrical source close to the new fireplace location.
  16. Determine distances from windows , doors and gas supply close to where the terminal vent will be located on the outside of the home.
  17. Type of wall construction in your home where vent will penetrate.
  18. If venting through the roof you should know the type.  Pictures of the general area where the vent will penetrate can also be helpful.
  19. Single or two storey chimney and is it inside or outside your home.
  20. Have as many photos of your home available to convey your ideas along with pictures from magazines of fireplaces you like.