JLC · AUGUST 1989
Zero-clearance in name only, these products
require careful attention to manufacturers'
specs and details.
Factory-built fireplaces can offer the
warmth and romantic appeal of a
traditional fireplace, versatility of
designs, and economy. Installation is
straightforward, but requires familiarity
with manufacturers' standards and
some basic engineering. The
manufacturers and models vary significantly,
so no single set of instructions
can cover all factory-built fireplaces.
But some guidelines, which I'll cover
here, are universally applicable to all
All factory-built fireplace models
are designed and tested to conform to
the Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
safety standard UL 127 for factorybuilt
fireplaces. UL 127, which is
uniformly accepted as the standard
guide by all major model-code groups,
is the basis for the manufacturer's