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.