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We Install Refractory (Modular Masonry) Fireplaces – The Best Of Both Worlds

When we talk about masonry and pre-fabricated fireplaces, it sounds a lot like the two are mutually exclusive — but that’s only partially true.

Refractory fireplaces, also often referred to as modular masonry fireplaces, are a kind of midpoint between masonry and pre-fabricated fireplaces, offering many of the benefits of each.

Since refractory fireplaces are built in a factory as modular units, they offer much of the installation speed and convenience associated with pre-fabricated fireplaces. Full masonry fireplaces are so complex and work-intensive to build from the ground up, that they can take a couple of weeks to complete. But modular masonry units can often be installed in a matter of days, since the modular pieces are stacked, mortared, and finished, instead of built brick-by-brick.

Refractory fireplaces, like standard pre-fabricated units, also undergo strict testing to ensure that they’re safe and efficient. The extensive testing is designed to keep your family safe and give you peace of mind, so that you can be confident in your purchase.

While pre-fabricated units can be truly wonderful and enjoyable additions to a home, there’s no denying that masonry materials are more durable and longer-lasting. But, modular masonry fireplaces are made out of incredibly strong materials, like volcanic pumice stone, and won’t be susceptible to rust or corrosion. Plus, volcanic stone will hold up well against the heat of your fires.

Then there’s also the matter of aesthetics. Pre-fabricated fireplaces come in a variety of looks and finishes, some of which are intended to mimic a traditional masonry fireplace. But since they’re made of much different materials, factory-built metal and glass fireplaces won’t necessarily match the tastes of homeowners who really want a true masonry unit. Refractory fireplaces, on the other hand, are made with strong and durable materials, and can be finished with real firebrick and other traditional masonry materials to really bring the classic masonry look in a fraction of the time.

What About Your Outdoor Living Area?

We’re finding ourselves more and more drawn to outdoor living, and fireplaces can really enhance our outdoor living areas. If you’re in the market for a new outdoor fireplace, refractory fireplaces make great choices for improving outdoor living areas. Our technicians can install a modular masonry fireplace quickly and efficiently, and finish it with stone, brick, stucco or other materials that will look great with your home’s exterior. Let us show you what we can do with these great products!

Whether you’re looking to enhance an indoor or outdoor space, give us a call to discuss the perks of refractory fireplaces, today!


There are so many choices when it comes to adding a new fireplace that it makes sense to consult the experienced pros to help you sort through all your installation options.

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