Mason-Lite has been a premier provider of lightweight masonry fireplaces since 2005. The company provides a selection of masonry fireplaces, which cost up to 50% less than hand-built masonry fireplace alternatives. Thanks to their lightweight designs, Mason-Lite fireplaces give builders additional fireplace options to their home-buying customers and let consumers add attractive fireplaces to upper floors or outdoor areas.


Modular Outdoor Fireplaces

Mason-Lite offers a selection of modular outdoor fireplaces. With these modular outdoor fireplaces, homeowners can create an outdoor living or entertaining space with a fireplace as the focal point. Typically, these fireplaces include several components for on-site assembly to create the fireplace surround. Kits often include two vertical legs, which form the base for a horizontal lintel, also known as a headstone or frieze.

For design flexibility, Mason-Lite offers several sizes of concrete fireboxes, which offer an optimum mix of lightweight and heat-resistant strength. Firebox sizes include 33”, 39”, 44” 49”, 63” and 75”. Mason-Lite also offers a see-through 43” firebox. Both wood burning and gas burning modular outdoor fireplaces are available. In addition, Mason-Lite offers popular fireplace rings and wood-fired pizza ovens to let homeowners create the perfect outdoor environment.

By installing modular outdoor fireplaces, homeowners can enjoy their outdoor space in cold weather months and create an attractive space for entertaining in their yards and gardens. Lightweight modular outdoor fireplaces from Mason-Lite are easy to transport and have lower costs for shipping and handling to give homeowners budget-friendly alternatives to create the outdoor living and entertaining space of their dreams.


Masonry Fireplaces Compared to Metal Fireplaces

Mason-Lite specializes in offering masonry fireplaces, which come in cost-effective kits to make having one or more fireplaces in a dwelling an affordable option for homeowners. Some homeowners may consider installing metal fireplaces as a cost-saving alterative, but should know that metal fireplaces are often lower quality than masonry fireplaces. As a result, choosing a masonry option from Mason-Lite is a far superior option.

In general, metal fireplaces are less durable than masonry fireplaces. Metal fireplaces are prone to rust and can develop cracks when exposed to high heat for long periods. As a consequence, the expected lifespan of the average metal fireplace is just ten years.  In addition, many metal fireplaces are small, so can only be installed in small spaces, while others leak heat on the sides of their structure.

By contrast, owners of Mason-Lite fireplaces can expect greater durability, design flexibility, and more efficient heating. Mason-Lite offers concrete modular fireboxes which weigh less and cost less than competitors’ offerings. They are ideal for use in both outdoor and indoor settings.  When looking for a cost-effective path to fireplace design, which does not sacrifice quality, masonry fireplaces from Mason-Lite are much better options than inexpensive metal fireplace models from competitors.


What are Included in Fireplace Kits

At Mason-Lite, several modular fireplace kits in a range of sizes are available. These easy-to-install kits are perfect for adding a fireplace to any room of the house or for enhancing an outdoor space. Both consumers and builders alike can install fireplaces using Mason-Lite kits.

Mason-Lite’s modular fireplace kits come with all the requisite materials to build a fireplace. Modular fireplace kits include hearths, walls, steel supports, lintels, rating plates, thread bars, and rebars. Larger size fireplaces feature more of these components and/or larger sized versions.

In addition, Mason-Lite offers a complete line of accessories to complement their gas-burning and wood-burning fireplaces. These include: masonry chimneys, metal chimneys, masonry firebrick panels, and custom-look features such as arches to boost design appeal. To complete installation of their modular fireplace kits, homeowners or professional builders may need to provision additional materials, such as mortar or seismic straps, from Mason-Lite.


Rumford Fireplace

At Mason-Lite, the team of fireplace professionals has made a commitment to preserving a classic style with the Mason-Lite Rumford fireplace. The traditional Rumford design feature long, shallow construction with a streamlined throat. This approach, which was touted by historical notables including Thomas Jefferson and Henry David Thoreau, effectively vents smoke outdoors while retaining heat within a room.

Home or business owners who want to have a Mason-Lite Rumford fireplace can opt for either a kit or a custom build approach to achieve this historical design aesthetic. Mason-Lite offers optional height extensions, which are available in 8-inch increments, which do-it-yourself aficionados can add to a Mason-Lite kit to create an elongated Rumford style.  Alternatively, individuals can seek out the design expertise of Mason-Lite’s professional team to craft a Mason-Lite Rumford fireplace to fit in any environment.

A Mason-Lite Rumford fireplace is a great alternative for those who live in historic homes or prefer a traditional design style.


Wood Burning in the US

Burning wood for fire is a long-standing human tradition. Today, many individuals want to enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a wood fire in their home or place of business. However, before embarking on building a wood burning fireplace, home and business owners should familiarize themselves with local ordinances regarding wood burning. While most cities and communities have no restrictions on wood burning, some do restrict the practice to improve local air quality.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), local jurisdictions have ability to establish local laws for wood burning. However, the EPA does maintain an online resource list to educate individuals on local wood burning requirements and restrictions. These ordinances range from voluntary restrictions on installation and use of wood burning appliances to total bans of new wood burning fireplace construction.

In addition to local jurisdictional requirements, the EPA notes that several U.S. states do have specific laws related to wood burning. Such laws cover emission standards for newly built fireplaces or offer tax incentives for replacement of outmoded fireplaces with modern fireplaces.

In general, local and state provisions are not intended to reduce individuals’ opportunity to enjoy wood burning fireplaces. Instead, their aims are reducing potential risk of air pollution to provide healthier air quality for all citizens. However, since regulations vary widely, individuals should always review legal requirements before building wood burning fireplaces.


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?

Firebrick Panels

At Mason-Lite, we want our customers to be able to enjoy their fireplace for years to come. To ensure the longevity of your fireplace all of our units require a firebrick liner. The firebrick liner creates a safer more reliable fireplace. By working as a shield to protect your fireplace unit from dangerous temperatures the firebrick panel helps preserve your fireplace from damage and prevents possible fire hazards. Mason-lite firebrick panels not only protect your fireplace from damage or fire hazards, they also reflect heat from the fireplace into the living space and add a classic look to your fireplace. The firebrick panels complement your fireplace by efficiently reflecting the heat into the living space, reducing the heat needed from your primary heat source.

Mason-lite Prefabricated Firebrick Panels come in two classic designs a full running bond and a split herringbone, with a new split running bond design coming soon. Mason-lite firebrick panels are light weight durable panels that are prefabricated and then installed on site. Unlike others who make their refractory Panels from one solid piece with imprints of bricks or are painted to appear as bricks, Mason-Lite Firebrick Panels are made with real Firebrick. The use of real firebrick in our panels gives you a genuine masonry firebrick lining for your Mason-lite Fireplace. A typical firebrick lining takes a Mason five to eight hours of labor to install with a Mason-Lite prefabricated firebrick panel installation is easy and only takes a matter of minutes. Mason-Lite firebrick panels truly make your fireplace an enjoyable part of your home.

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Difference between air cooled pipe and insulated pipe

Air cooled pipe

Dura chimney II

  • “DuraChimney II is tested and listed for continuous operation at 1000°F flue gas temperatures, one hour at 1400°F and ten-minutes at 1700°F, in accordance with the UL 103 test standard.”
  • “DuraChimney II is designed to stay cool on the outside, to provide a hot draft on the inside and to provide a fire-safe design that protects both the chimney and the building.”- Duravent website.
  • 2″ clearance to combustibles.
  • “Always follow DuraVent Installation instructions enclosed with the cap or support box before installing your chimney system.”
  • At least one Elbow Strap is required. Elbow Straps ensure adequate support.
  • A storm collar is required for all installations using a flashing
  • To calculate the installed per length of 10″-16″ DuraChimney II pipe, subtract 1″ per joint
  • Be fire safe. Maintain at least 2″ clearance to combustibles. Follow local building codes and have your chimney inspected by a certified professional.

An important decision for many homeowners is what type of chimney is best for their needs. There are many different types of chimney pipes, so how can you know which type is right for you? There are many factors that determine which type of Chimney is best for you. These factors include but are not limited to type of burning fuel being used, weather conditions, the location of the fireplace in your home, available clearances, and price.

Depending on the answers to these questions will determine which type of pipe is best for you, for instance if you wanted to burn wood you would not be able to use pipe made for a B-Vent Gas fireplace, but you would need a chimney that was compatible with a wood burning fireplace.  In order to burn wood you would need a Chimney that has been tested and cleared to be used with a Wood Burning Fireplace. A common used chimney pipe is “class A” chimney pipe. Type A Chimney pipe, is a chimney system that is designed to exhaust coal, wood, oil or gas. These chimney pipes are usually a series of pipes that are either double or triple walled.

There are many brands of class A chimney pipe, but you should never mix and match brands due to differences in engineering keeping the systems from being compatible. Mixing chimney brands and/or types can also create fire hazards.

Advantages of Insulated pipe

  • Better draft, because the gases in the chimney stay hooter compared to outside air temperatures.
  • “1” Refractory insulation blanket –ensures complete insulation coverage between Inner & Outer walls, preventing any hot spots from appearing due to expansion of the metal walls during operation. Hot spots could cause a fire.” –Duravent

Advantages of air cooled pipe

  • Light weight Chimney system.
  • Less costly than Insulated pipe

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