Southwestern Kiva Fireplace Kits
Although not exclusive to the Southwest, Kiva (beehive
or arched) fireplaces are a signature style commonplace throughout the southwestern
United States. Historically construction of these fireplaces required the
skills of a trained mason and could only be installed where forethought and
planning was used in the preparation of the supporting foundation. This is
no longer a requirement. Today, with the aid of a lightweight
fireplace kit, you can install an authentic arched fireplace in any room
in any home, upstairs or down, even a mobile home. Many home owners and contractors
have selected the kiva fireplace kits available from
Southwest Building Supply
and installed them in locations throughout the United States.
Although it is recommended that installation be done
by a contractor, many have been installed by do-it-yourself homeowners. Be
sure to conform with local codes if you decided to install your own kiva fireplace.
Southwest Building Supply now offers a Southwestern Kiva Fireplace Kit in
a variety of inspired styles. As you peruse the images on this site see if
you can tell which fireplaces are from kits or built in place by expensive
The firebox in Southwest Building Supply's Kiva Fireplace
Kit is made of lightweight concrete lined with firebrick. Each Kiva fireplace
kit includes a three piece firebox, preformed face frame and all specialized
hardware necessary for assembly. The
is lightweight double wall steel requiring only minimal clearance. You will
need some basic materials which may vary depending on your unique installation,
such as concrete block and plaster or stucco. These materials can be purchased
from your local building supply center. Chimney components can be purchased
locally or purchased from Southwest Building Supply along with your fireplace
kit. They have skilled representatives that will be happy to assist you.
Because the firebox is lined with firebrick, a kit Kiva
fireplace can burn wood logs or optionally be equipped with
gas burner and Ceramic Logs. This arched southwestern style kiva or “beehive”
fireplace is built to last as long as your home.