Zero clearance fireplace systems- what are they, and how should they be used.

These fireplace systems are prefabricated “kits” that allow builders to install a fireplace and chimney in a house for much less expense than a standard brick and mortar chimney system. There are thousands of these systems that have been installed in Portland, Tigard, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Beaverton and surrounding areas. A chimney sweep will perform approximately 10 to 20 % of his cleanings on these systems. The “zero” means that the system can be installed very close to combustible materials safely, without a danger of causing a structural fire. Cleaning and inspecting these systems is similar to cleaning a brick and mortar chimney, and the same inspection procedure is performed. A copy of the inspection form typically used is posted here:Generic Inspect form

Repairs on a zero-clearance system are handled differently than a chimney repair on a brick and mortar system.

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A 24-year veteran of the chimney repair trade, Cliff has experience in most phases of chimney construction and repair. He began as a chimney sweep apprentice in 1991. Two years later he began to educate himself in bricklaying and chimney construction. He claims that "it has been an interesting trade to say the least.