Traditional Masonry Fireplaces & Chimneys

If you picture a fireplace and chimney in your mind, odds are you’re thinking about traditional masonry: brick and mortar. Traditional masonry fireplaces have stood the aesthetic and functional test of time. The beauty of a masonry fireplace in a historic home is hard to deny, and at Mason’s Chimney Service, we’ve worked on chimney systems in historic homes that are still providing safe, warm and cozy fires after 80, 90, even 100 years or more.

We love working with traditional masonry fireplaces, and if you’re considering installing one in your home, Mason’s Chimney Service can help. Our NFI-certified Master Hearth Professionals can go over all your options, from fuel to design, and help you choose the best fireplace and chimney for your home, needs and taste.

A Few Things To Know About Masonry Fireplaces

Since masonry is heavy, a masonry fireplace and chimney installation requires a strong footing to be installed underneath to stand up to the weight. It’s an important part of the installation process because, without it, your chimney system is susceptible to severe damage as the home shifts and settles.

Pre-fabricated fireplaces and stoves are built and tested as one system and then installed; masonry fireplaces are built on-site, and that means that more time and care is involved, but also that you have more individual control over the design and approach.

Masonry fireplaces can be incredibly durable, but in order to make sure yours provides decades of safe and efficient fires, you’ll need to be diligent about maintenance. That includes having your masonry chimney inspected and swept every year, and making repairs as needed. After installation, Mason’s Chimney Service can help you maintain your chimney system, too — and our Safer Chimney Program is an easy way to make sure that maintenance is taken care of. We send annual billing notices and postcard reminders to program members when service is due, and also offer discounts and priority scheduling.

If You’ve Settled On Masonry, You Still Have A Lot Of Options To Choose From

You know you want a fireplace and chimney built with beautiful, durable masonry — but that’s just the start. The number of options homeowners have these days is a great thing. You can install a fireplace to your personal specifications and taste, using fuel that functions in a way that works with your lifestyle.

A Few Of The Choices You’ll Make:

  • Materials and Design: From stone and brick to mantel and grate, you have lots of choices. Even your firebox firebricks come in a variety of colors and can be installed in a variety of designs. Talk to our NFI-certified Master Hearth Professionals about what you like!
  • Fuel: Traditional fireplaces are often wood-burning, but you can also choose to have gas logs installed, which, fire to fire, will be more convenient. There are different benefits to each fuel choice and our Master Hearth Professionals can talk you through them.

Masonry Is Just One Option

If you’d like to learn more about other heating appliances, including factory-built fireplaces and stoves, let us know. We want to arm you with all the information available so you can make the best choice for your home.

Interested in adding a fireplace and chimney to your home? Call Mason’s Chimney Service’s Master Hearth Professionals — we’d love to help!


Learn about the advantages of installing a factory-built chimney system and see if it works for your situation. The knowledgeable staff at Mason’s Chimney Service will be happy to discuss the pros and cons of this chimney and fireplace installation.