For home owners seeking an alternative to zero-clearance metal fireboxes, Albuquerque, N.M.-based Southwest Firebird, Inc., offers the Sonoran Series,
For home owners seeking an alternative to zero-clearance metal fireboxes, Albuquerque, N.M.-based Southwest Firebird, Inc., offers the Sonoran Series, featuring what the producer deems the latest in prefabricated modular masonry fireplace technology. Lightweight and easy-to-install, company representatives add, the Sonoran Series provides a cost-effective, yet attractive solution for a classic, full-scale, masonry fireplace.
The modular system is lined with firebrick, available in running-bond, herringbone, basketweave, stack-bond patterns, as well as split brick, in a variety of colors. Affording the convenience of prefabrication, precision factory-built pieces readily fit together for installation that can be completed in mere hours. The full-view, zero-clearance fireplaces are currently offered with 36-, 42-, and 48-in. opening widths (additional sizes soon will be available). Embellishment can be achieved by incorporating an optional arched front. Approved for both indoor or outside installation, the manufacturer emphasizes, its 36- and 42-in. See-Thru models further enhance any home or outdoor milieu by adjoining two living spaces or patio gathering areas.
All Sonoran Series fireplaces can burn either wood or gas logs, and an integrated air tube allows outside air to be delivered directly to the fire for greater efficiency. The modular masonry fireplaces are approved for use with FMI, Heatilator, and CFM air-cooled chimneys.
We’re looking to reintroduce traditional masonry fireplaces, affirms Southwest Kiva President Dean Carroll. While fireplaces of the Sonoran Series look as if they were created by Old World artisans, they offer the ease and cost savings of a prefabricated installation. Û www.sonoranfireplaces.com