A fireplace is a beautiful addition to any home that can add both ambiance and value. More and more homeowners are choosing to install factory built fireplaces as a way to get the benefits of a masonry fireplace without many of the building costs. If you live in a modular home, however, it is extremely important to find a factory built fireplace that is approved for use in mobile homes before installation.
Unfortunately, many retailers and dealers are not aware that there are restrictions on what units can and cannot be used in modular homes. Because of this, homeowners should do extra research before purchasing a fireplace to make sure it is safe for use in their homes.
Fireplaces and modular homes
When an approved unit is safely installed, factory built fireplaces can make a beautiful addition to any factory built home. However, it is important to make sure the unit you’re purchasing has been tested and approved for use in modular homes.
Many factory built fireplaces, fireplace inserts, stoves, and other heating appliances are not approved for use in modular homes because of the fire hazard risk they create. Because of this, few units have been tested and approved for use in modular homes. Installing an unapproved unit not only puts you and your family at risk, but can also lead to your homeowner’s insurance being negated in the event of an accident.
As a general rule, most fireplaces and heating appliances for modular homes must have three things in order to be considered mobile home approved. First, the combustion air needs to be fresh from outside the home. For direct vent fireplaces, stoves, or inserts, this means a special duct or vent will bring in outside air. Because modular homes are built in a factory setting, they are extremely tight and are typically free from the holes or drafts of “stick” homes. Fresh outside air is therefore a necessity to create a safe fire.
Second, the fireplace or stove must be grounded. This prevents anyone from accidental coming into contact with the electrical current and also reduces the risk of accidental fire. Lastly, the hearth needs to be adequately insulated or protected against the surrounding building materials.
Finding the right fireplace
If you want to add a fireplace or other heating appliance to your modular home, it is extremely important to make sure the unit you’ve selected has been tested and approved for use in modular homes.
Some retailers or dealers may be unsure of whether or not a unit is approved for use in modular homes. If you’re concerned that your new fireplace is not approved for use in modular homes, contact the manufacturer for additional details.
If you have questions about the factory built fireplace in your modular home, contact New Buck Chimney Services today. Our expert staff can evaluate your fireplace and chimney system for safety as well as keeping them well maintained and ready to use all year long!