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What Is A Pre-fabricated Chimney?

Pre-fabricated chimneys were first introduced in the 80’s to offer an alternative to masonry chimney systems. These chimneys are typically made of metal and are designed and tested in a factory setting. Because the parts are prepared ahead of time, installing a pre-fabricated chimney significantly cuts down on time and labor costs when compared to the installation of a masonry chimney system. Pre-fabricated chimneys are not built to be as long-lasting or as tough as masonry chimneys, but they can last several years when properly installed and maintained.

Installation is incredibly important with pre-fab chimneys and should not be trusted to the inexperienced. These chimneys are designed for use with specific pre-fabricated fireplaces and are not guaranteed when used with any appliance not intended by the manufacturer. The safety and efficiency of a pre-fabricated system are completely dependent upon installation and maintenance. If the manufacturer’s installation instructions are not followed exactly, the warranty is void and the safety of the system is compromised.

The benefits of having a pre-fabricated chimney system are:

  • Because there is no brick or mortar for water to penetrate, they are less prone to leakage than brick and mortar chimneys, when well-maintained.
  • They require much less time and labor to install.
  • They are tested in a factory so you can be confident in their safety when professionally installed.
  • They are much easier to replace than masonry chimney systems.
  • They offer a different look from masonry.

Pre-fabricated chimneys can be a great alternative to masonry chimneys, but they simply won’t last as long or take as much abuse as brick and mortar. Although a pre-fabricated chimney can last several years when well-maintained, the homeowner should be aware that it will inevitably need to be replaced much sooner than a well-maintained, masonry chimney system.

What Will Installation Require?

If you are looking to have a pre-fabricated chimney system installed in your home, a Chief Chimney Services, Inc. technician can make the entire process easier and help you sort through the options available to you. A Chief Chimney Services, Inc. professional can help you pick out the appropriate pre-fab fireplace to go with the selected pre-fab chimney, making sure that the size is appropriate for your living space. If you are in need of a replacement pre-fab chimney to use with your existing pre-fab fireplace, we can also advise you on your options and help you make the appropriate choice. No matter what your pre-fab installation questions or needs, we can help! By having a professional involved in the selection process, you can be confident in the size, compatibility, and safety of the entire system. Call Chief Chimney Services, Inc. or click here to schedule an appointment online today!


Refractory mortar is specially designed to withstand the high temperatures generated in your fireplace. Discuss the options with the experts at Chief Chimney Services to see if this type of chimney installation is right for you and your budget.



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