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Masonry fireplace, without the mason

The Mosaic Masonry System is designed for any builder or do-it-yourselfer installation

• Manufactured by DESA Hearth Products

• 866-328-4537; www.fmifireplace.com 

• Cost: Starts at about $2200

When it comes to interior focal points, nothing beats a masonry fireplace. Even a low flame in such a beautiful piece can add warmth to the atmosphere of a room surpassing any rise in temperature.

Finding a good mason can be difficult, however, and a fireplace built brick by brick is beyond the reach of many budgets. DESA Hearth Products offers a more reasonable alternative. Sold under the FMI (Fireplace Manufacturers Inc.) brand, the Mosaic Masonry fireplace kit is designed for any builder or do-it-yourselfer to install.

Factory-built, hand-finished. Precut bricks snap into a stainless-steel template and then are grouted into place. Factory-built, hand-finished. Precut bricks snap into a stainless-steel template and then are grouted into place.

Mosaic Masonry zero-clearance fireplaces start as lined stainless-steel template panels for the inner walls and the hearth. Individually numbered and slotted, precut bricks snap into traditional running-bond and herringbone patterns. The joints are finished with a high-temp refractory mortar that comes with the kit. If you can complete a paint-by-number project, you can create a true brick fireplace without any visible interior metal.

Mosaic Masonry units are available in several different styles, with your choice of a 36-in., 42-in., 48-in., or 50-in. opening.

Photos: Courtesy of DESA Hearth Products
From Fine Homebuilding187 (Houses) , pp. 40 July 1, 2007
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