Masonry vs. Metal Chimneys: 3 Main Differences
A lot of people are confused about the difference between masonry and metal chimneys. While both types of chimneys are offered by FireRock, and can be used for almost any kind of fireplace, there are a few differences which are important to note. Based upon on your needs, knowing these differences can be invaluable for your decision making process.
Depending on your home design, and where you wish to place your fireplace, there might be an off-set between the fireplace and chimney. An off-set means that if the chimney cannot go straight up due to some obstruction, and will have to go around. Typically, metal chimneys are much more flexible than their masonry counterpart. Masonry chimneys can function with a slight off-set, however, if an off-set is severe, a metal chimney will be required. This is in order to guarantee the safety and functionality of the fireplace for years to come.
Masonry products typically ensure higher heat reflection than their competitors. The higher the heat reflection a fireplace has, the better the heat circulation becomes. This increased heat circulation not only helps warm the area around the fireplace better, but also increases the smoke removal capabilities of the chimney. Typically, this higher level of performance cannot be matched by most metal chimneys.
Masonry products are significantly heavier than metal products. Therefore, there are some restrictions on where masonry chimneys can be placed. Due to the excessive weight of masonry chimneys, we do not recommend they be placed on fireplaces located on the 2nd floor or above.
It is important to get exactly what you need when purchasing an indoor or outdoor fireplace. If you have any other questions or would like to receive a free price estimate please reach out to one of our experienced Product Specialists at (888) 322-2312 or click the link below.