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.

-Garrett Moss

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

-Garrett Moss

Seasonal Fireplace usage Tips

During the colder months of the year a Fireplace is a necessity for many people. A fireplace supplements heat, saving money on energy bills and adds aesthetics to a home. Fireplaces bring joy to those who have and use them. However, they can also be dangerous if they are not used correctly. A common problem that many people find with their fireplaces when the seasons change is their fireplace is not drafting properly.  This problem can come from many reasons but there are a few tips that can help prevent this from happening.

Always ensure that the damper is fully open while lighting the fireplace. Keeping the damper open during use is essential as it will allow the smoke to escape the fireplace and travel out the chimney. While it may not be necessary to keep it fully open during use of the fireplace it should remain open as long as there are hot embers in the fireplace. While it is crucial to keep the damper open during use it is also very important to keep it closed while the fireplace is not in use. Keeping the damper closed during the cold months when the fireplace is not in use will stop warm air from going up the chimney. It is also important to keep it closed during warmer months to keep air conditioned air from escaping through the chimney.

Another opening in fireplaces that need to be adjusted accordingly is the outside air kit. The outside air kit pulls air from outside to help fuel your fire and is crucial for having sufficient air in the fireplace for the fire to burn. When the fire does not have enough air it will not burn hot and will create more smoke that will potentially back draft into the living space. Like the damper it is important to keep the air kit closed when the fireplace is not in use as it will prevent wasting energy.

If the damper and the air kit are both open and drafting issues continue the chimney or fireplace may need to be inspected by a certified chimney professional.

-Garrett Moss

EPA Phase 2 

The Environmental Protection Agency or the EPA for short has been working on reducing pollution since 1970. Their efforts to protect the environment has led their attentions to helping reduce the emissions from fireplaces and wood burning stoves. These efforts were implemented in two phases the most recent being phase 2 which was implemented in 2015. Fireplaces and wood burning stoves could qualify for phase 2 by having an emission rating of 5.1g/kg or lower. This means that for every Kilogram (~2.2 lbs.) of fuel that was burned there would only be 5.1 grams (~0.01 lbs.) emissions that were released into the atmosphere. Masonry Fireplace Industries, Inc. is the proud home of The Mason-Lite PUREBURN system which has an emissions rating of 2.65g/kg, making it the cleanest burning of all the phase 2 qualified masonry fireplace woodburning systems to date.

The Mason-Lite PUREBURN wood burning system uses a patented wood burning grate with a natural gas or propane burner to assist in the burning of wood to achieve the low emissions rating of 2.65g/kg. The Mason-lite PUREBURN system’s burner and grate set itself apart from the other EPA phase 2 masonry fireplace woodburning systems because; the Mason-Lite PUREBURN system does not use a catalytic combustor or glass doors to reduce emissions. By removing the Catalytic system and the glass doors the PUREBURN system helps to reduce cost of installation and removes the problems associated with catalytic converter systems.  To learn more about The Mason-lite Pureburn system and its benefits you can check out our announcement page at

-Garrett Moss

AIA Conference of Architecture

Mason-Lite is returning to the AIA Conference of Architecture June 7th and 8th 2019 in Las Vegas. We understand the value of having our product specified in plans and given the opportunity, architects will see the  craftsmanship and advantages of our product over the others. We will be displaying three aesthetically pleasing fireplaces: our half-bricked display model showing both the finished product and the Mason-lite portion of the unit. This is a great way to design displays for an architect understand what the mason-lite product is and what it might look like once installed. Our second display is our self supporting 3 Sided Vent Free Fireplace showing the light weight advantages of the Mason-Lite product mix. The third fireplace is our LMFP44 with a burner trough showcasing the beautiful optimyst burner vapor burner and finished in brand new Marble-esque display front. We are continually upgrading our displays to show the Mason-Lite product and the many finishing options our customers have. For those of you attending, our booth number is 5541. We have attached maps below to help find our booth between Sherman Williams and the AIA Contracts documents booth. If you are unable to make it we promise to share photos of these beautiful units after the show. If you have any questions regarding the show please contact us at 1-800-345-7078 ext. 102.

See you there!

Mason-Lite Advantages

What are Some of the Advantages of Choosing a Masonry Fireplace?

No matter if you are a first-time homeowner or operate a successful business, there are many advantages to installing a lightweight and cost-effective modular masonry fireplace in your space. We here at Masonry Fireplace Industries, INC, ( specialize in providing our clients with top-quality masonry fireplace options to suit a multitude of environments and needs. Let’s discuss just a few of the benefits that our customers enjoy as a result of choosing one of our Mason-Lite products.

Cleaner Wood-Burning Options

Achieving efficient temperature control is a major component in operating any comfortable space, indoor or out. No one appreciates a drafty room or unheated patio on a cold day. Likewise, nobody should settle for paying expensive heating bills when there are more cost-effective and environmentally friendly options available.

Mason-Lite masonry fireplace systems are designed, constructed, and installed with energy and air quality standards in mind. For instance, our Mason-Lite PUREBURN wood-burning system ( pushes industry standards by achieving an impressive 2.65g/kg emissions rating—considerably less than EPA Phase 2 ( guidelines. Not only does the PUREBURN system’s low emissions rating make it an ideal option for any client concerned about air quality, but it actually helps to keep installation costs down by eliminating the need for a catalytic converter or glass doors.

Versatile and Customizable

The fireplace has served as the center of attention in terms of home design and layout for thousands of years. Many buildings today are constructed with central heating included, but that doesn’t mean that the fireplace is any less of a feature in homes and businesses today. Our comprehensive selection of Mason-Lite modular fireplace systems includes both wood and gas-burning models, with multiple sizes and styles to choose from.

While a model like our Mason-Lite Rumford-style fireplace ( can add a touch of classic elegance to any décor scheme, many room sizes and layouts benefit from the versatility that our corner and three-sided units offer. For instance, a corner modular wood-burning fireplace is a great option for smaller and/or narrow spaces because it can still serve as a focal point in a room without taking up valuable floorspace.

Maximize Useable Outdoor Space

There’s nothing quite like gathering around a fire with family and friends for food and festivities outside. Not only can an outdoor fireplace provide much needed warmth in the winter months, but it can also help to deter insects during the summer. Family time outside also has the potential to turn into family mealtime whenever cooking goes fireside with the kiddos. And did we mention that Masonry Fireplace Industries, INC, takes outdoor cooking to the next level with our Toscana Wood Fired Pizza Oven (

Beyond that, extending the amount of time that any outdoor space is useable throughout the year is good for business. A Mason-Lite prefab ( or masonry outdoor fireplace can transform the entire aesthetic of a restaurant patio or event venue. Guests congregate naturally around warm outdoor fireplace structures. This makes them a useful tool when considering dining and entertaining spaces. Likewise, warming an outdoor event venue can help to ensure that the space is profitable year-round.

Mason-Lite Featured Products

Modular Fireplaces Promise Both Form and Function

The basic concept of the household fireplace hasn’t changed in centuries, but that doesn’t mean that advances in fireplace design and construction haven’t hit the scene in recent years. We here at Masonry Fireplace Industries, INC, ( pride ourselves for being at the forefront of modular fireplace innovation, showcasing lightweight and affordable prefabricated fireplace systems that sacrifice nothing in the way of quality or design. In fact, several Mason-Lite products ( stand out for providing our clients with maximum functionality and style.

The Mason-Lite Gas B-Vent Fireplace System ( is a favorite among clients who are looking for a more environmentally friendly heating option that is convenient to use. For one thing, gas fireplaces like the B-Vent system are much cleaner to operate because they don’t burn wood. Prospective customers often appreciate the fact that the B-Vent gas fireplace does not produce any sparks or ashes. It also doesn’t hurt that the B-Vent chimney doesn’t require as much cleaning as other fireplaces either.

Another major feature of the B-Vent system that our clients value is the unit’s handheld remote control. Imagine warming your bedroom first thing in the morning by starting a roaring fire without even having to crawl out from beneath the sheets. And given that the B-Vent fireplace is constructed with the same light-weight masonry materials as our other top-quality products, the system can be safely installed on multiple floors and/or without many other domestic building code concerns. Of course, we always advise our clients to check local building codes before choosing any fireplace system.

Many first-time clients are surprised to learn that there is a model of fireplace that doesn’t even require a chimney. The Mason-Lite Vent-Free Fireplace ( is notable for its high thermal efficiency and lightweight construction. The vent-free fireplace system is a particularly cost-effective model, since its construction and shipping are considerably less expensive than other types of fireplace units.

Even though the vent-free fireplace system requires fewer structural components, it retains the same level of quality and style that Mason-Lite products are known for. The vent-free firebox itself can be styled with sophisticated masonry arches, for example, and vent-free gas logs can be added to complete the aesthetic that the client is hoping to achieve.

Mason-Lite See-Thru Fireplaces ( create the type of dramatic appeal that many clients crave in their décor schemes without having a similarly dramatic price tag attached. For one thing, the striking elegance of this style of fireplace design draws the eye right into and out the other side of the fireplace, adding dimension and intrigue to large and small spaces alike. It is for that very reason that many clients use Mason-Lite See-Thru fireplaces as features on walls that separate rooms. A stand-alone see-thru fireplace unit can also serve as a sculptural piece in its own right by being positioned on a pedestal.

Our custom see-thru fireplace units, like our other Mason-Lite products, are considerably more cost effective to construct, ship, and handle than traditional masonry fireplaces. Another thing about our see-thru fireplaces that clients are surprised to learn is the fact that these models measure up in heat tests too. Mason-Lite See-Thru fireplaces are heat resistant fire tested for up to 1700 degrees Fahrenheit.

-Janelle Eckardt

Pizzas Across America

Mapping America, One Pizza Pie at a Time

Just as our family roots are often exposed by a regional accent or devotion to a specific sports team, many people are steadfast in their affection for the style of pizza that represents their hometown or state. For instance, you may be hard-pressed to convince someone from Illinois that a classic New York-style pizza is worth its weight against their beloved deep-dish pie. That’s why no one at Masonry Fireplace Industries, INC, recommends trying to defend your pie’s honor with words alone. No, we say let your pizza do the talking and you’re sure to win over hearts and taste buds. Our Toscana Wood Fired Pizza Oven ( has your back. Designed to be assembled onsite using interlocking components and masonry mortar, our outdoor pizza ovens bring the party outside with the promise of tasty bites and good times. In this article, we explore just a few of the iconic pies from across the country that can be recreated with our exclusive prefab outdoor masonry pizza oven.

California Pizza

This pizza is as diverse as its namesake state. Top your pie with everything from saucy barbecue chicken to plump artichoke hearts and you have yourself a California pizza. In fact, all you really need to make a delicious California pizza is quality crust and a healthy imagination. Are you tired of traditional tomato-based pizza sauce? Try pesto sauce as the foundation of your personalized creation. Creamy goat cheese is a tantalizing substitute for mozzarella, and also happens to pair brilliantly with fruit like apples and pears. Yep, fruit-topped California pizzas are a trend at least in part due to the fact that they are uniquely suited to be served as an appetizer or dessert even.

Neapolitan Pizza

No matter if you can trace your family roots directly back to the old country (Italy) or the new (New York), you may have grown up savoring the simple deliciousness that is the Neapolitan pizza.  The crust is definitely the star of the show here, and it all begins with the dough. First fermented and then stretched thin, the crust really reaches its full potential when it is baked in a wood-burning oven. The Toscana Wood Fired Pizza Oven is an important ingredient in creating the crisp yet airy crust that Neapolitan pizza lovers hold so dear because it can achieve superior temps and air circulation than many standard ovens.

Colorado Mountain Pie

Topped with a mountain’s worth of fixings, this regional favorite has been a fixture on the pizza scene since the 1970’s. The crust is hand rolled and twisted into a delectable pan shape complete with a “handle” that can double as dessert when ripped off and dipped in honey. Did we mention that you can take your own Colorado Mountain Pie to the next level by filling it like they do in the Centennial State, where the size of pie is measured in pounds instead of inches?

At the end of the day, everyone is a little happier with a slice of homemade pizza in hand. Gathering friends and family around your own outdoor wood fired masonry pizza oven is the first step in securing your pie’s place among the hitmakers. Just be prepared for everyone to come back for seconds.

-Janelle Eckardt

History of Fireplace Design

A Brief History of Fireplace Design

The fireplace is one element that continues to carry an incredible amount of practical and sentimental value in American and European residential architecture today. After all, how many holiday photos feature the family fireplace in the background? The form and function of the fireplace has evolved over the centuries, even being shaped by politics at various points in history. Masonry Fireplace Industries, INC, ( celebrates the rich heritage of fireplace design as we continue to lead the way in prefab modular fireplace construction.

It’s not difficult to connect the evolutionary dots when considering how, why, and when human-manufactured fire was first moved from the outdoors into the family dwelling. Evidence of prehistoric firepits is found across the globe and illustrates just how crucial the indoor fireplace was for early human survival. It was at this critical point that the fireplace became the official gathering place for warmth, sustenance, and community.

The advent of the Northern European-style chimney some 900 to 1,000 years ago changed the game again, as it allowed for vastly improved smoke ventilation and air quality in the home. The chimney-vented fireplace also played a huge role in 18th– and 19th-century industrialization because it finally gave  architects the opportunity to design buildings with fireplaces in multiple rooms and on multiple levels. Urban living was a new reality that posed huge challenges for developers and residents alike. already crude sanitation and hygiene standards succumbed to the drastic influx of people moving to the city. Having a fireplace at least meant that people living in high-density buildings could boil water, bathe, and wash their clothes.

The form and function of the fireplace as we know it was invented by Count Rumford at the end of the 18th century. The heat efficiency of fireplaces up until this point was limited because many fireboxes were actually tall and deep enough to step into. By creating a much shallower firebox with steeply angled sides, Count Rumford ensured superior radiant heat distribution. The potential for backdrafts was also addressed in Count Rumford’s fireplace designs: a tapered fireplace throat helps to guarantee consistent air flow and smoke ventilation. Our own line of Rumford-style masonry fireplaces ( showcases a level of heat-efficiency and sophistication that many clients seek out to complete their renovation projects.

Other interesting tidbits of fireplace history include the fact that larger-than-life characters like President Theodore Roosevelt impacted design aesthetics as well. Natural stone and river rock were employed to mimic rustic motifs popularized by America’s revived appreciation for nature, deviating sharply from the stylized elegance of materials like marble and wood. And did you know that the electric fireplace dates all the way back to the 1930’s? It seems that the promise of fireplace innovation has captivated consumers for hundreds of years.

Fireplace design continues to evolve today. Though, it can be harder to pinpoint by appearances alone. The familiar visual appeal of the Mason-Lite Vent Free Fireplace (, for instance, gives nothing away of the fact that the unit doesn’t require logs to burn. Masonry Fireplace Industries, INC, always strives to honor our past while never loosing sight of the future of fireplace innovation.

-Janelle Eckardt