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What kinds of fireplaces does CAPO install?

CAPO specializes in the installation and maintenance of all kinds of fireplaces, including built-in wood-burning hearths, freestanding wood or gas stoves, fireplace inserts, direct vent fireplaces, electric fireplaces, and more. We sell all the top brands, from Blaze King to Heatilator to ORTAL.


How long does fireplace installation take?

Fireplace installation can take as little as a day up to a week or more. It all depends on the type of fireplace you choose and how many modifications are required. Installing a gas or wood insert into an existing hearth may take only a day or two, while the installation of a direct vent fireplace is a more involved process.


How much does a new fireplace cost?

The average cost to build a fireplace is $2,415, but it all depends on which type of fireplace you choose and how much work is required. An electric fireplace can cost as little as $200-$300, while the most extravagant fireplaces can cost upwards of $8,000-$10,000. CAPO Building Specialties will provide you with a customized estimate for your project.


What is the difference between a wood-burning and gas-burning fireplace?

Wood-burning fireplaces are designed to burn wood and require a chimney, while gas-burning fireplaces may or may not require a chimney or flue, depending on the model. All fireplaces should be properly ventilated based on the materials/gases being burned.


What is an electric fireplace?

As the name suggests, an electric fireplace does not use wood or gas. Rather, it runs completely on electricity. Electric fireplaces use a light source to both simulate a flame and heat the room. Since they require no vent or gas line, electric fireplaces can be installed almost anywhere.


What is a direct vent fireplace?

A direct vent fireplace runs on gas or propane and uses outside air for combustion instead of air from within your home. The fireplace is completely sealed off with a glass plate, and combustion gases are vented outside, eliminating the release of harmful emissions into your home.


What is a chimney shroud, and do I need one?

Chimney shrouds, also known as chimney caps, are functional and decorative elements for your chimney. A chimney shroud not only adds to the exterior aesthetics of your home, but it also keeps rainwater and unwanted pests out and increases draft, pulling harmful smoke and gases up and out of the chimney. CAPO offers more than 70 chimney shroud designs in 35 finishes and more than a dozen chimney cap designs.


Do I still need to have my chimney swept if I have a gas fireplace?

Burning gas doesn’t create soot like a wood-burning fireplace. But gas still comes with hazards, so you should have your gas-burning fireplace inspected annually. An inspection will determine whether the chimney is cracked, damaged, or otherwise unsuitable for safe use. Gas logs also need to be serviced regularly to remove carbon deposits, dust, and foreign matter that can interfere with proper functioning.


Can I convert a wood-burning fireplace into a gas fireplace?

Yes. To convert a wood-burning fireplace into gas, you must get an insert-type gas fireplace. Inserts are designed to fit into existing masonry and prefabricated fireplaces. CAPO will gladly explain your options for converting a wood-burning fireplace to gas and provide you with an estimate for installation.