Although fireplaces that are constructed in a factory are often used for new construction homes, they are also ideal for pre-existing homes. They are usually made up of a firebox enclosed in a steel cabinet which is connected to a steel chimney or flue, making them lightweight, efficient and easy to install. An additional advantage to a factory-built fireplace is that, in general, they are safe to fit close to wooden framing and have a very small safe-clearance requirement (this will depend on the manufacturer, however, so be sure to check this before you begin installation). This means that you can install a factory-built fireplace in almost any home and on any floor of the home.
Another benefit of factory-built fireplaces is that they have an excellent safety record. It is important to remember, though, that the same level of caution should be taken around this type of fireplace as you would with a traditional fireplace. You will also want to regularly check the chimney to make sure creosote is not accumulating inside it. Yes, you too could enjoy the benefits of a cozy, warm fireplace even if your home was constructed without one.