Building a New Home? Don’t Settle for a Builder Grade Fireplace.

There are many things to oversee when you’re having a new home built. One of the things you definitely should make sure is done right is the fireplace. Your construction crew can build a fireplace, but likely they’ll use what’s known as “builder grade” materials – not the worst materials on earth, but certainly not the quality you expect and deserve.

In addition to being made with lower-quality materials, most fireplaces in newly built homes aren’t constructed by an experienced fireplace contractor or stone mason. Builder grade fireplaces look good, but their lifespans generally are shorter and their performance often is iffy at best.

How to get around builder grade fireplace materials

Builder Grade Masonry Fireplace Inspection & Repair To get a fireplace you can truly enjoy for years and years in your new home, consider these two strategies.

Hire a pro: A professional fireplace builder will work with top-quality materials and construct your new fireplace in a way that best meets your heating and aesthetic needs. The workmanship will be outstanding, and every element, from the brickwork in the hearth to the chimney structure, will be properly crafted for safety and top performance.

Install a factory-built unit: Rather than having your home construction crew build a fireplace, contact an experienced local team of certified fireplace installers and have them set you up with a powerful zero-clearance fireplace. Because a traditional chimney isn’t necessary, ZC fireplaces can be installed virtually anywhere in your new home and bring many benefits:

  • Heat-efficiency ratings of 75% and higher (compared with 10% to 20% common with traditional open masonry fireplaces)
  • A wide range of gorgeous designs, finishes and colors to choose from
  • Ultra-insulated and safe to be placed in close proximity to walls and other home building materials
  • No chimney needs to be constructed
  • Install in the main room, kitchen, bedrooms, den or other rooms

If you already have a poorly performing low-end fireplace and need more heat, here is a solution

wood burning fireplace insert in Nashua NHThe information above was geared toward people who are in the process of having a new home built and want to avoid a cheap, builder grade fireplace. But what if you already own your home and aren’t satisfied with the overall performance of your masonry fireplace – whether it’s builder grade or not?

If you haven’t lived in your home for long and have yet to have your chimney and fireplace cleaned and inspected, this is step one. Certified chimney sweeps and inspectors can make sure your fireplace and chimney are clean, safe and operating at peak efficiency.

If that “peak efficiency” isn’t acceptable – as is often the case with low-heat masonry fireplaces – consider adding a sizzling fireplace insert.

Inserts come factory-made and ready to be added to your existing firebox. Highly insulted and ultra-safe, fireplace inserts are serious heat producers with heat-efficiency ratings often topping 80%.


Not only that, inserts are available in many exquisite designs ranging from conservative and traditional to sleek and contemporary. With a new fireplace insert, you’ll sacrifice nothing in the looks department, and you’ll get far more heat than you’re currently getting with your masonry fireplace.

As you can see, there’s no reason you should have to live with an inferior fireplace or one that can’t perform up to your expectations. Whether you’re building a new home or desiring to upgrade an existing fireplace, solutions are available that you should take advantage of.

Black Moose Chimney of Antrim, NH, provides expert installation of top-quality zero-clearance fireplaces and fireplace inserts for our customers who want the very best. Call us with questions or to schedule a meeting at (603) 525-7905.

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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)