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Top 5 Benefits of a Wood Fired Pizza Oven. #3 Tells You Why Flame-Cooked Pizza is the Healthiest Choice.

September 17, 2014

bite2Many list pizza as one of their favorite foods. It’s no doubt that this simple Italian creation has become an international sensation. In the United States alone, pizza sales at restaurants topped $37 billion dollars in 2013. Plus, annual frozen pizza sales total over $950 billion in the U.S. That’s a lot of pizza!

If you are a true foodie, you crave quality ingredients and authentic cooking experiences. You enjoy creating your own dishes far more than tearing open packages or ordering off a menu. Why settle for anything less than the best when it comes to pizza? Only a wood fired pizza oven can give you the rich flavor and traditional cooking practices your culinary passion deserves.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a skilled at-home chef, you can add a wood fired pizza oven in your yard or garden and enjoy cooking a family favorite over an open flame. Plus, an outdoor pizza oven takes your entertaining capabilities to the next level. You can easily custom-create pizzas to suit everyone’s taste—whether cooking for a few people or a large party with many guests.

Wood-burning ovens are ancient methods of food preparation. Culinary experts state that there are many benefits to cooking pizza, and other food, in a wood-burning oven.

If you want the best-quality pizza oven for your backyard, you should turn to Mason-Lite. Our team has over a century of combined experience in fireplaces and can help you understand how a masonry fireplace or Pizza Oven fits in to your outdoor landscape.

Have you experienced the delight of cooking your pizza in a wood-fired oven? If so, we would love to hear from you:

  • How has cooking pizza over an open flame changed your perception of this classic dish?
  • What cooking tips do you have for anyone new to cooking pizza in an outdoor over?

Add a comment below to share your story.

Wood-Fired Ovens Cook Pizza Quickly

Pizza has become a favorite convenience food for busy individuals and families. Many people stop by their local pizza shop to pick up their favorite pie on a regular basis. Countless others rely on pre-made frozen pizzas or compile their own using components, such as packaged crusts and canned sauces.

No matter how you put together a pizza, there are limitations to how quickly your home oven can cook it. While a pizza shop can heat their ovens to 700 to 800 degrees Fahrenheit, most conventional home ovens max out at around 500 degrees. At that heat, it takes between 20 and 30 minutes to preheat the oven, plus eight to 15 minutes to bake a pizza.

With a wood fired pizza oven, you can attain higher temperatures—approximately 500 to 700 degrees. This sharply cuts pizza cooking time. As a result, you can expect your pizza to cook in just two to five minutes in a wood-fired oven (depending on the dough thickness).

Wood-Fired Ovens Boost Food Flavor

If you have ever experienced pizza cooked in a wood fired oven, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a significant taste difference. In part, the enhanced flavor that wood-fired cooking offers is due to even heat distribution. In addition, cooking pizza wood imparts a unique, smoky flavor that is impossible to replicate with a traditional home oven.

Wood-Fired Ovens Help Food Retain Nutrients

Many health-conscious individuals top pizzas with tasty fruits and veggies. Cooking over an open flame in a wood-fired oven cooks vegetables and fruits very quickly and helps them retain specific nutrients and antioxidants. A longer cooking process can cause depletion of these antioxidants and nutrients and diminish the pizza’s nutritional value. HINT: Add cornmeal on your pizza peel before adding the pizza to help the pizza slide into the oven easier.

Wood-Fired Ovens can Fulfill Other Cooking Purposes

While modern-day Americans often seek an outdoor oven for pizza, these versatile fireplaces can cook many other types of food as well. If you think about it, the bulk of cooking throughout human history has been done in a wood-fired oven. Many contemporary ovens can bake bread, roast meats and vegetables, and much more.

Wood-Fired Ovens Save Energy

Anyone who wants to maintain a green lifestyle is always on the lookout for ways to trim their energy consumption. In those cases, a wood-fired oven is a great option. A wood oven does not require any electricity or gas to operate. The only energy source is heat from the fire.

However, cooking over an open flame does produce smoke. In some areas of the country, municipalities have instituted restrictions of wood burning to help reduce air pollution. Before investing in a wood-burning fireplace, you should check on wood-burning regulations in your local community and understand any relevant restrictions.

Enjoy all the Benefits of Cooking Pizza in a Wood-Fired Oven

bite1To the uninitiated, cooking pizza over a wood-burning oven may sound complicated, but it is truly very simple. In fact, you can follow the same steps you would use to make a pizza from scratch in your conventional condition. Select or make dough, top with sauce, cheese, desired accompaniments and bake. The only step that is truly different is that you make a delightful fire instead of flipping on a switch.

Wood-fired pizza is a true culinary delight that takes an all-time favorite to new heights of flavor. You also gain nutritional benefits from the wood-fired cooking process, but do not lose the convenience of this easy-to-cook staple.

If you would like to add a wood fired pizza oven to your outdoor landscape, you should seek out the best of the best. At Mason-Lite, our team of masonry experts can help you select an easy-to-install pizza oven to help your outdoor cooking dreams come true. Every Mason-Lite masonry pizza oven is 100% made in the USA.

Do you have questions about owning a wood-burning pizza oven? If so, add a comment to let us know what is on your mind:

  • How much outdoor space do I need to add a wood-fired oven?
  • How can a wood-burning oven fit into my outdoor décor?

The expert team at Mason-Lite is always available to answer any questions you have about our products. We look forward to hearing from you.

Top 3 Questions about Masonry Pizza Ovens. #3 Features Answers from a Celebrity Chef

wood1Many home chefs are seeking ideas to build their cooking repertoire. One way to achieve this goal is to take a familiar favorite and cook it in a whole new context. A great candidate for this approach is pizza, which takes on a whole new dimension of flavor when cooked in a wood-fired, masonry oven.

If you have ever thought about adding a masonry pizza oven to your backyard, you should check out the wood-burning pizza oven from Mason-Lite. This popular oven can help you build the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. Before you build a masonry oven, you should find out how it works and how to use it to expand your pizza cooking options.

If you have your own masonry pizza oven, or have experience using one, we would love to hear from you. Your experiences can be valuable to others exploring the benefits of cooking pizza in an outdoor, wood-fired oven.

  • Have you ever cooked in a wood-burning pizza oven?
  • What are the advantages to having a masonry oven in your outdoor kitchen?

Share your comments in the space below.

Question 1: How Does a Masonry Pizza Oven Work?

A masonry oven consists of a bricks made of fireproof material. Traditional masonry oven designs date as far back as the Roman republic. In medieval Europe, large masonry ovens were often built to serve entire communities. They gained popularity in America during the colonial area, and are still in wide use today, mostly for cooking pizza and special artisanal breads. Often, masonry ovens used stones, bricks, or adobe in their construction. Mason-Lite’s Pizza oven offers a new design to the Pizza Oven while keeping the functionality.

Many modern masonry ovens feature refractory concrete, a heat-resistant material that can withstand high heat for long periods. Those built specifically for breads may have a heavier construction to with stand hours of heating. Pizza ovens may be lighter, since cooking time is generally shorter.

Masonry ovens function by trapping radiant heat from a fire. That fire may reside directly within the oven or in a firebox, which vents heat into the oven. Front-loading masonry oven designs are generally very heat efficient. This means that the ovens can store heat for longer baking times, if applicable.

Question 2: How Do I Build a Fire in a Masonry Oven?

You can use many accessible materials to build and tend a fire in your pizza oven. For kindling, which you use to start the fire, you can select paper, dry brush or grass, and small twigs. You can also collect fallen branches or purchase logs to feed fire.

Building a successful fire takes practice, but you can follow three key fire-building tips to get you started:

  • Use Ample Kindling Material: To build a successful fire in your pizza oven, you may want to start with more kindling material than you think you need. It can be difficult to restart a fire if it goes out. A better approach is to get it right the first time. Build an even layer of kindling using a mix of materials.
  • Layer Materials: Always layer items which you plan to burn. Put the fastest burning material on the bottom, and slower burning material on the top. For example, your bottom layer could be paper and twigs, with a middle layer of branches, and top layer of logs.
  • Facilitate Air Flow: Leave gaps between logs to create good air flow. This is essential to feeding your fire.

Many pizza oven fires can get very hot very quickly. The heat drops, rapidly at first, but then more slowly over time.

Question 3: How Do I Make Pizza in a Masonry Pizza Oven?

Often, pizza can fully cook in a masonry oven in just one or two minutes. This means you can create unique pizzas for everyone in your family to satisfy their individual taste preferences. You can also host a pizza party and let your guests custom create pizzas.

Chefs and cooking aficionados all have their favorite wood-fired pizza recipes. In this video, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver shares his favorite tips for cooking pizza in a wood-fired oven:

  • Move the fire to one side to create a space to cook your pizza. Your oven’s walls and chamber retain heat, so the pizza does not have to touch the fire itself.
  • Start by adding a small amount flour to your dough. 
  • Make sure your Pizza Peel has corl meal on it before adding your dough or Pizza.
  • Go easy on toppings so that you do not overload your pizza.
  • Add a light layer of sauce 
  • If using fresh herbs, add oil to them before placing them on the pizza.
  • Know that the high heat of a pizza oven can create natural bumps and ripples in the pizza’s surface.
  • Remove the pizza and rotate it twice during cooking and put it back in the oven for even heating. 

By keeping these seven tips in mind you can create delicious wood-fired pizza in your masonry oven right in your own back yard.

Choose the Right Masonry Oven for Culinary Success

wood2If you are seeking a top-quality masonry pizza oven, trust the experts at Mason-Lite. Our masonry ovens are 50% lighter and 26% smaller than competing products, which makes them a great choice for just about any outdoor environment. Our team has 100+ years of combined experience in the masonry industry. Plus, all our products are 100% made in the USA.

By adding a Mason-Lite pizza oven to your back yard, you can delight your family and friends with mouthwatering pizza that you make just for them. You can create traditional favorites or use unusual ingredients to create pizza recipes that are all your own.
If you are considering a masonry oven to cook pizza at home, we are here to help. Let us know what types of question you have:

  • What are the key considerations you have in making your pizza oven selection?
  • How do you plan to expand your cooking repertoire by adding a wood-fired pizza oven to your home?

Share your thoughts with us in the space below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thinking of a Gas Fireplace for Your Home? Find out the 4 Advantages of a B Vent Fireplace

fire1A fireplace can add warmth and comfort to any home. Most homeowners believe that the primary decision they need to make when selecting a fireplace is choosing whether to go with a wood burning model or a gas model. Those who choose gas fireplaces are often looking for a low-maintenance alternative and are attracted to aesthetic value of having an in-home fire. Homeowners who prefer a gas model should consider a b vent fireplace, which provides a mix of ambiance and heat production at a cost-effective price.

When buying a fireplace, it is important to work with the experts. At Mason Lite, we have more than 100 years of professional experience in the fireplace industry and are a leading provider of modular fireplace kits, including gas and wood burning models, to homeowners, developers, and builders. Modular fireplace kits include 24 Masonry pieces that form the unit, as well as rebar for the installation. We can help you assess your home environment and your fireplace needs to determine the right fireplace style for you.

If you already have a fireplace, your experience can help our customers choose the right model for them.

  • When selecting a fireplace, what motivated you to select a b vent model?
  • What are the advantages to having a gas fireplace in your home?

Leave a comment below to help educate our community.

Types of Gas Fireplaces

Fireplaces are very popular features in modern homes. Today, more than 37 million American homes have fireplaces, with approximately 900,000 new fireplaces added in new homes each year. Although the natural crackle of a wood burning fireplaces have enduring appeal, many people are opting for the convenience and cost-savings offered by natural gas fireplaces.
All gas fireplaces burn cleaner and produce less air pollution than wood fireplaces. When reviewing gas fireplace options, consumers have three primary choices:

B vent: This approach, also called natural vent, pulls air from indoors for combustion and vents it outside. It features a chimney with a double wall pipe which runs from the fireplace to outside of the home. Homeowners can purchase fire boxes inside another box. This approach circulates air from within the firebox around the room for additional heat production.

Direct vent: This approach draws combustion air from outside and returns exhaust outside. This tightly-sealed system eliminates use of any inside air. This type of fireplace does not require a chimney. Mason-Lite is in the process of coming out with their first Direct Vent unit soon.

Vent-free: These fireplaces also do not use a chimney, but do vent exhaust into the room. Homeowners can easily locate them in almost any space. Most of these models come equipped with an oxygen sensor to help maintain healthy levels of oxygen in the room.

Advantages of a B Vent Fireplace

As with any buying decision, picking out the right model fireplace for any living environment means weighing many factors. There are several distinct advantages to a b vent fireplace.

  • Complies with Local Ordinances and Regulations: Wood burning fireplaces produce more exhaust, which results in more air pollution, than their gas counterparts. As a result, some communities have banned construction of new wood burning fireplaces to improve local air quality. Other locales may designate temporary bans on wood burning during periods when air pollution risk his high. Choosing a gas-burning fireplace, such as a b vent, can help homeowners stay compliant with these vital local regulations.
  • Easy installation: The b vent does not have a traditional chimney, but rather a vent that is much smaller and a different material. As a result, this type of fireplace does not need as large of clearances for its chimney, which makes it much easier to install. Often, homeowners and architects choose b vents for remodeling projects due to their ease of installation.
  • Heat production: B vents can produce more heat than vent-free models. This is because they can accommodate a higher level of British Thermal Unit (BTU) log. As a result, many homeowners select b vents to create cozy corners in their home and add comforting warmth on chilly winter evenings. In general, b vents do produce less heat than direct vent models. This makes b vents an optimum choice for small rooms, since the energy output of a direct vent fireplace can overwhelm a small space.
  • Large flames: If you desire a realistic-looking flame, a b vent may be a good choice for you. Because they draw in air from inside your home, they can produce large, visible flames. This helps create comforting ambiance in your rooms.

In addition, many homeowners choose b vents because they are a cost-effective fireplace option. If you are looking for a realistic-look fire and a reasonable heat source, but want to keep expenses in check, a b vent may be the best choice for you. If you live in an area with a ban or limitations on wood burning, a b vent gas model may allow you to enjoy an in-home fire and comply with local codes.

Warm Your Home with a New Fireplace

fire2When you are ready to buy your new b vent gas fireplace, you should consult with the expert team at Mason Lite. Our b vent models offer a standard 10-inch flue hole. This makes them a great choice for any project with reduced framing requirements. We carry a 39-inch 65,000 BTU model, a 44-inch 65,000 BTU model, and a 49-inch 80,000 BTU models, all of which burn clean natural gas or liquid propane. All of our fireplace products are 100% made in the USA.

With a gas fireplace, you can easily manage the amount of fuel you burn and do not need to have a cumbersome wood pile in your yard. In addition, you do not need to worry about the mess and inconvenience involved in hauling wood from outdoors into your home. With a clean, efficient b vent gas fireplace, you can enjoy a cozy fire at any time, in almost any room.

Have you installed a b vent in your home? We would love to hear from you.

  • How does your experience with a b vent compare to other types of fireplaces?
  • What advice do you have for anyone considering a gas fireplace for their home?

Add some comments below and share you story. We look forward to hearing from you.

How to Use the Best Wood-Fired Pizza Oven to Throw an Awesome Outdoor Party

pizza1Pizza is an ever-popular culinary favorite. In fact, industry statistics reveal that 94 percent of Americans eat pizza regularly. Whether you prefer classic cheese or a unique pie loaded with toppings, you can make mouth-watering pizza at home, right in your own back yard. In fact, with an outdoor pizza oven, you can throw a memorable party with custom-created pizzas for every person on your guest list.

If you want to create a fun, festive pizza party, you should first learn about the best wood fired pizza oven. Many chefs note that cooking pizza in a wood-burning oven adds a distinct flavor that cannot be replicated by an indoor oven.
At Mason-Lite, we provide top-rated wood fired pizza ovens that can offer you the best outdoor pizza cooking experience. We are always happy to answer your questions about wood-fired pizza ovens:

  • What key characteristics of the best wood fired pizza oven?
  • How can you throw an outdoor pizza cooking party to impress family, neighbors, and friends?

Read on for more insights on how to throw an outdoor pizza party that your guests will never forget. Share your ideas with us on the best wood-fired pizza oven or your favorite pizza receipes in the space below.

Select the Best Wood Fired Pizza Oven

Wood burning appliances are very popular among American homeowners. According to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbeque Association (HPBA) more than 200,000 wood-burning appliances shipped during 2013.

If you have made the decision to install a wood fired pizza oven in your outdoor space, you want to select the best model available. Here are some key characteristics of a top quality wood-burning pizza oven:

  • Modular design – if ease of installation and flexibility are key parameters, look for a modular, prefabricated pizza oven. Typically, such pizza ovens feature kits with interlocking, precast components. 
  • Multiple finish options – you want to select the wood fired pizza oven style that best complements your home or outdoor aesthetic. A good quality oven design will offer multiple choices, such as brick, stucco, rock, tile, and more.
  • U.S. made – take pride in installing a wood-fired pizza oven that is 100% made in the U.S.A. in your backyard. Show your national pride by selecting an oven that embodies decades of American ingenuity and craftsmanship.

You can also look for free-standing and tabletop model wood-burning pizza ovens. While the latter can save on space, you do need to provision for a non-combustible base for safety.

Prepare for Your Outdoor Pizza Party

When it comes to entertaining, preparation is key to success. If you want to throw a backyard pizza bash, start by compiling the best quality ingredients.

You can choose store-bought dough, but making your own adds an extra special homemade touch. To make dough you need water, flour, salt, and yeast. Here are basic steps for making a grill-worthy pizza crust:

  • Pour water to a large mixing bowl 
  • Add salt and allow it to dissolve
  • Add yeast and allow it to dissolve
  • Add flour slowly and hand mix to form a ball
  • Remove dough from bowl and knead on a floured work surface for 10 minutes
  • Cover dough with plastic rap or coat the surface with olive oil
  • Allow dough to rest for 10 minutes
  • Form dough into balls which you will ultimately flatten into pizza crusts
  • Store dough in an air-tight container in refrigerator overnight
  • Remove dough from refrigerator
  • Put dough balls on a smooth, flour-topped surface
  • Stretch dough into crust shapes

You should also prepare your pizza toppings in advance of your party. Many types of vegetables, fruits, and proteins work well on top of pizza. Think outside the box and consider creative toppings that might suit guests’ exotic palates. Some ideas include: asparagus, apricots, roasted pine nuts, smoked trout. A ready supply of classic toppings—such as pepperoni, black olives, and onions—are good options as well. Have a variety of cheese and spices ready to adorn every pie.

Which toppings to select depends on who is attending your party. Research shows that women are twice as likely to select vegetarian pizza; however, more than 60 percent of all pizzas contain some type of meat topping.

Of course, you need to provision for party supplies, such as table cloths, napkins, plates, and utensils. A flat pizza peel with a long handle can help you easily put your best party pizzas in your wood-fired oven. You should also have a good-quality pizza oven to slice the pies for easy sharing and taste-testing among your guests.

Let Your Guests Be the Pizza Chefs

One of the great things about pizza is its amazing versatility. You can please everyone—from little ones to avid foodies—with a do-it-yourself pizza menu. Simply layout a panoply of topics and let your guests pick-and-choose to create unique custom pizzas.

It is important to note that the process for cooking the best pizza in a wood-fired oven differs slightly from oven baking a pizza. When grilling pizza, you must cook both sides of the pizza dough first before adding toppings. As a result, you may not want guests to place toppings directly on the dough so that they remain safely away from the heat. Instead, have them assemble their choices on plates and allow the chef to take on the task of topping the delicious pizzas.

Also note: cooking times in the best wood fired pizza oven are brief. Typically, a wood-fired pizza is ready in just a few minutes, which makes it one of the best options for feeding a large group of hungry party guests.

Boost Your Entertaining Potential with the Best Wood Fired Pizza Oven

pizza2If you want to invest in a wood-fired oven for cooking pizza outdoors, you should select the best model available. At Mason-Lite, we have earned a reputation as a top-provider of modular outdoor fireplaces and pizza ovens of exceptional qualities. We offer wood-fired pizza oven kits that allow for easy installation and add to the ambiance of any outdoor environment.

If you are an experienced outdoor pizza party host or hostess we would love to hear from you:

  • What are your top tips for cooking pizza on a wood-fired grill?
  • What are some secrets to outdoor entertaining?

Share your comments or questions in the space below. We would love to hear from you.

Product Update

August 20, 2014

Attention Mason-lite Customers,

Over the years we have had many inquiries pertaining to offering certain complementary products. We are excited to present some new additions to our Mason-Lite Price-list that we feel will really benefit the sales of our products.

First, We are proud to announce that our “Pure-Burn” EPA Phase II Fireplace is coming on to the market. Currently we are offering the burner and grate system to be retrofitted into our MFP44. For more information on this unit please contact us.

  Second, We have added additional products to our Accessories and Dampers. We have added the see-thru air kit (MFPST-AK) for both see-through units as well as custom units with square sides. We have added our new arch for use with the MFP63 (MFP-ARC63). We are also expanding our cast iron dampers to include all of our standard sizes (33″-63″). Note: The MFP-CC56 is a custom made damper. 

Third, We have added our both our Masonry Chimney Cap (MMC-14) as well as our Fire Ring Cap (MFR-CAP) to the second page. Our masonry chimney cap acts as a spark arrestor as well as a rain/debris shield for our masonry chimney systems. The fire ring cap was added because our Unfinished Fire Ring does not include a cap because the customer has the option of using their own finishing material.    

Lastly, We have added the Roof Radiation Shield (##DCA-RRS) as well as the Attic Insulation Shield (##DCA-IS) under the DuraChimney packages. We have found these to be very beneficial to the chimney systems.   

 These changes will take effect in September. Please contact us with any questions you may have about these changes.  

New Factory Update!

July 3, 2014

Attention Mason-lite Customers,
 
We are excited to announce that we have successfully moved the location of our production facility. A few of you may have experienced our extended lead times during our moving process. We apologize for an inconvenience this may have caused but it was truly unavoidable. Now that we are fully moved, you will see our lead times lowering back to before the move. With our new factory layout, we have the potential to have even lower lead times than ever before!
We have also invested in new tooling and equipment to improve our quality.
 
For those of you that do not know, our new factory is now located at
 
6391 Jurupa Ave, Riverside, CA  92504-1140, United States
 
All orders will now be shipping from this location. If you have any questions feel free to call us at 1-800-345-7078
 
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New Brick for Brick Panels

June 11, 2014

Dear Mason-Lite Customer,

We have decided to change the brick we use for our firebrick panels. We have had a little trouble with blemishes in our old firebrick.

The new brick will not only have practically no blemishes but it is also a stronger brick. This will ensure an even higher quality of product than we are already supplying you. We chose the closest color to our old brick which is a gold. We have had a great response to the color so far. I have attached a photo of our old brick and our new brick for a visual. The best part is the price of the panels will not be effected by this change!

We will start shipping this new brick this week. Please note that we will not mix any old brick and new brick in your current or future orders.

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Top 4 Reasons to Choose A Corner Wood Burning Fireplace.

June 3, 2014

A fireplace can be an appealing addition to any room, home, or business. However, some people find that a traditional, flat-front style fireplace does not meet their needs. As a result, more people are installing corner space-saving wood burning fireplaces in their dwellings or businesses.

Mason-Lite specializes in all sizes and styles of fireplaces, including smaller units that tuck neatly in a corner. Our team of fireplace experts can listen to your space needs and help you pick the right wood burning fireplace for your business or home.

We are always happy to learn from our readers.

  • What factors motivated you to choose a corner fireplace?
  • What are the advantages of a corner wood burning design?

Reason #1: Enjoy Fireplace Ambiance and Comfort Anywhere

Do you live in a condominium, narrow town house, or older home? In these dwellings, and many others, floor space is limited. If your rooms have a small footprint, you may think installing a wood burning fireplace is not a good option for you. However, a corner wood burning unit can fit comfortably in any vacant corner.

Even if you have large rooms, you can consider subdividing them into cozy seating or reading areas, accented with a corner fireplace. You can have all the furniture and floor space you need, while having the relaxing comfort of a crackling fire to warm your loved ones on cold days.

Reason #2 Save Floor Space

A traditional flat-front fireplace takes up a lot of floor and wall space. This style, while very classic, can limit your ability to add furniture or decorations to accent your room. A corner wood burning fireplace is the best option when space is a premium. It takes up very little wall space and does not project as far out into your room.

Before you build a corner-style fireplace, or any fireplace, you need to consider your room layout carefully. You need to contemplate more than just the size of the fireplace unit itself. Think about normal traffic flow through the room. Be sure your fireplace location is at least 36 inches from any combustible wall that lacks protection. If you add a wall protector, you may be able to reduce the clearance to 12 inches. Also, you should plan for a non-combustible hearth extension on the front and side of the unit. In addition, you might want to consider devoting space to wood and fire-tending tool storage for added convenience.

Reason #3 Add Style to Your Interior Design

Corner fireplaces are rapidly growing in popularity. Those with interior decorating flair recognize the value of space-saving wood burning corner fireplaces. A corner set up leaves more wall space open for furniture. They can also provide essential warmth to a room. Because of their compressed size, corner fireplaces can fit in more rooms—such as bathrooms and kitchens.

In many cases, homeowners want their wood burning corner fireplace to be the focal point of their room. In this scenario, adding a mantle or attractive surround can draw attention to a wood burning fireplace in any corner. Savvy home decorators suggest that homeowners can use lighting, artwork, or even an flat screen TV near a small corner fireplace to ensure it rises to focal point status.

Decorating experts recommend that homeowners consider furniture placement layout before installing wood burning fireplace in a corner. Creating a comfortable living space should be the paramount goal. You can achieve this by ensuring the furniture pieces you plan to use most to face the fireplace. Also, consider using area rugs and furniture groupings to match the angle of your wood burning corner fireplace. If you are working with a very small seating space, using lightweight or swivel chairs can create a corner conversation area near your wood burning fireplace that you can reconfigure with ease.

You can also use a corner fireplace to fill out empty spaces in a large room. In addition, if you have a awkward or unbalanced room architecture, a wood burning corner fireplace can help provide a grounded, balanced look.

Reason #4: Create an Inviting Business Environment

Wood burning fireplaces tucked in a corner are not only appealing for a home—they can be great for your business too. Whether a business owner has a professional office or a retail location, having a corner wood burning fireplace can provide a welcoming environment for clients. For example, since a fireplace conjures a home-like feeling, having a corner wood burning fireplace in a medical office can put patients at ease before appointments.

These days, fireplaces are often found in restaurants, since they help patrons relax and enjoy their meal. Wood burning corner fireplaces can also create a soothing mood in salons and other spaces. If you operate any type of business, think of the many benefits a corner wood burning fireplace can bring.

Spark Your Imagination

1If you have an empty corner in your home or business, a wood burning fireplace might be a good decorating choice.  Also, if you have an older model wood burning appliance, such as stove or fireplace, upgrading to a new model is advisable. As the United States Environmental Protection Agency notes, modern wood burning fireplaces are 50% more energy efficient and produce 70% less pollution than older models. Having a wood burning fireplace in your corner not only boosts your room aesthetics, it also makes good economic sense.

When shopping for a corner wood burning fireplace, you should seek top-quality advice. At Mason-Lite we have more than 100 years combined experience in the fireplace industry and can provide you with all the information you need. We are recognized as one of the top providers of modular fireplaces—including corner models.

If you already have a corner wood burning fireplace in your home or business, we would love to hear about your experience

  • What helped you choose a corner-style fireplace over a traditional model?
  • What decorating tips do you have for people who want a corner fireplace?

HPBA Show 2014

April 10, 2014

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Mason-lite is proud to announce that we had a great time at the HPBA show this year. We would like to thank HPBA for their great hospitality this and every year. Salt Lake City Utah was a breathtaking choice of location for the show.

HPBA 2014 was an outstanding representation of our industry and the key players in it. We would also like to thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedule to meet with us. We had a VERY busy schedule in a great way! We were excited to see an increase in attendance from the recent years.

The HPBA Show is always high on our schedule and we look forward to seeing all of the familiar faces next year, as well as new ones. HPBA 2015 here we come!!!

Important Installation Update

February 3, 2014

We would like to take this time to announce some very important reminders about the installation of our fireplaces. We have very specific instructions in our manuals that pertain to not only the installation process but also the curing instructions following the installation. We understand that the dealer and/or the installer will not always be able to instruct the homeowner of the importance of the curing process. We have developed a label to be left inside of each unit after the installation for the eyes of the homeowner. This label explains the importance of the unit having 28 days to dry before being used. After which, 2 small fires are to be started before standard use. We have attached this label below with more information. Please contact us with any questions about this process and or the label.

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