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Fitting a flue for bungalow

My dad has asked me to fit a flue for his wood burner, he has a bungalow. He has purchased some ducting, which I'm not sure is suitable for the job, he also has not purchased a top piece to connect ...
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How can I wire my WIFI thermostat to control my millivolt fireplace?

I have a gas fireplace that has an millivolt on/off switch on my wall (and a remote that includes flame on/off, a countdown timer and a thermostatic flame control). I want to be able to program ...
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Burning candle in gas fireplace

My wife occasionally burns a candle in our gas fireplace, which we seldom (if ever) use, as it's right next to the TV alcove. That said, would there be a fire danger from any unburned paraffin that ...
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What's the right approach for insulating the slab & footings underneath a masonry fireplace/heater?

The fireplace will be located in the middle of the concrete slab (away from the foundation stem walls) so it will have its own footing. My impression is that footings should rest on soil & gravel ...
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How can I tell if there is brick behind plaster on a fireplace?

We have a 1952 home with a fireplace in it (original to home). There is brick around the opening of the fireplace, then a wooden frame and then plaster about 8" past the wood frame and back about 8" ...
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Can we mount a TV over a fireplace with the chimney directly behind it?

We have a home built in the 1950's and I'm assuming the chimney/fireplace is original. We'd like to mount our 50" TV over the fireplace. Directly over the mantle is a wall, but we believe that ...
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Can I paint the cement under the fireplace hearth?

I recently had a fireplace installed. The floor wasn't level so there is a wedge of cement exposed below. Click for larger view The installer says I should conceal it with wooden beading but ...
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What considerations should I make for a fire ring?

I'm trying to build a fire ring in my yard. My thought is that for the base I will get a run-of-the-mill fire pit insert (maybe something simple, like this). My plan is to dig a hole about half its ...
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What kind of bottom for a fire pit on a paver patio?

I have a manufactured "stone" patio with poly-sand to fill the grout lines between the blocks. I want to add a fire pit to this patio. I envision a ring of blocks several courses tall to contain the ...
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Is it possible to convert a single-sided wood-burning fireplace into a two-sided one?

We're restoring/renovating a 120-year-old home that has a beautiful cast-iron wood-burning fireplace in the dining room, very similar (but not identical) to this: Is it possible to open up the ...
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What could cause a gas fireplace to come on by itself?

My natural gas fireplace has a mind of it's own. It has been working properly until today--it decided to come on by itself It has been cold (15 degrees) here in SC--could this be the problem?? The ...
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What's this black handle on my fireplace? It moves up and goes left

My fireplace is manufactured by arrowhead brass. Its a gas fireplace. There's a part to the left outside of the fireplace curtain and it's this iron black handle thing as seen in the picture. It moves ...
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How to ignite old style fireplace?

How to ignite old style fireplace like pictured below: There is no ignition knob, just one knob for turning the gas on or off. I called real-estate, they don't know. Just said that everything is ...
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What can I burn in fireplace to minimize smoke

I had my fireplace checked and was told that the flue is too small for the fireplace (historic home, botched renovation by prior owner). As a result, a normal fire sends smoke billowing into the ...
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Can I paint the background of my gas fireplace?

I want to paint the background of my gas fireplace (behind the logs) a lighter color so the logs and fire will be more visible. Do you know of a paint I can use to do this?
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Why would a gas fireplace have tiny flame and fog up the glass?

I just bought a condo and I hate the gas fireplace! I can barely see the flame or the wood against the black background. The flame is tiny, only 3 to 4" and doesn't extend above the wood. Another ...
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what options do i have dealing with a chimney downdraft

I have a prefabed fireplace that can be either gas (current setup) or wood. I'd like to convert it to wood (gas assist), but am being told that I've got a severe downdraft, and would either need a ...
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Is it possible to have the fireplace and chimney put up against a supporting/load bearing column?

I am planning to build a new house, but I have a question regarding a fireplace I want to have in my living room. I would like to know if it is possible to have the fireplace and chimney put up ...
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after sealing the chimney, fireplace still not insulated

I found a way to use a large chimney balloon and pretty much block all downdraft. Sadly, the fireplace and hearth are still very cold, and it sucks heat out of the surrounding floor too. Perhaps the ...
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what to do with tall, square fireplace opening?

I'd like to have 4-5 fires a winter, and the rest of the time have it closed off so the kids can't get hurt or dirty from it. The opening is really tall, almost square (35.25" w x 33.25" h), and the ...
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gas fireplace smells

I bought a house that was vacant for a year and a half. It has a gas fireplace. The plumber that fixed the heating unit supposedly looked at the fireplace too and lit the pilot for me. I lit the ...
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How can I unstick my ash dump door?

I recently had my fireplace inspected and started using it again. I went to clean the ash out and noted I had an ash dump door. This door appears to be stuck. I expect to be able to open it from the ...
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how to insulate very wide fireplace?

I want to air-seal my fireplace. The damper is 44" wide, and it's about 4 feet off the floor, not easy to reach. The chimney tapers gradually for several feet after that, a couple inches narrower per ...
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Gas Fireplace Won't Stay Lit With Fake Logs In Place

I've been banging my head up against the wall on this. Everything checks out -- the thermopile (TP) gives ~290mV once the pilot has been on for a few minutes (and around 590mV open). The pilot light ...
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Alternative to glass fireplace door?

My rental apartment has a fireplace, which we use often. This fireplace lacks a glass door. On nights when we have used the fireplace, we leave the flue open until the morning, and when we get up, the ...
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How can I get the fireplace smoke smell out of my house?

I recently got a new apartment with a wood burning fireplace. One of the first nights I had a fire and was sure to open the damper. After the fire was over, I went to bed but left the damper open. ...
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How would I convert a wood burning fireplace to gas?

I have an insert that we use as a wood burning fireplace. It would be fairly easy to run a natural gas line under the house to the location of the fireplace. I would like to convert the wood burning ...
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Is this fireplace suitable for wood burning stove?

We are about to re-plaster the entire room. We previously had a back burner boiler fitted but has not been replaced with a combi boiler. The hole in the fireplace has since been covered. With the ...
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Can a wifi thermostat to control milivolt operated fireplace?

Have a propane gas fireplace, controlled by a hand held remote control thermostat. Wish to install a wall mounted wifi controlled thermostat, heat only. Seems that all available thermostats operate ...
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Concrete shows under hearth, can I paint?

My hearth has been laid on concrete which stands proud of the floor. The hearth is black and the concrete has a black cement dye in it but looks grey next to the black of the hearth. It has a fairly ...
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Water entering into fireplace during rain

I recently observed water is coming in the fireplace during the rain. Although it is about a drop per second or so, it is can easily fill up a small pan during a stormy and rainy day. I don't think ...
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How can I reconvert a natural gas fire from propane back to natural gas?

A friend gave me a Napoleon B36DFN gas fire, and had it converted to propane and there is a tag on the fire that states the conversion happened using #54 connection. I now wish to convert it back to ...
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Seal gap/cavity where fireplace brick meets drywall

gurus. There is a fairly large hole on the side of my fireplace - about 3/4" wide at the top, 2" tall. Pictures: From what I can tell, there's a fairly large cavity directly behind the wall and a ...
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Prefab fireplace combustion air inlet question

I have Majestic fireplace insert, manufactured probably about 20 years ago. I cannot identify the model, but it looks at least similar to the Biltmore one. It seems that there is an outside combustion ...
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How to check issue with Gas fire place?

I have a GAS fire place which I have not used in over 3 years. It start with a on/off switch on the wall, when I turn it ON nothing happens. I am kind of scared of trying anything with this as it ...
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How to tidily restore a sandstone fireplace

I would really appreciate some advice in regards to the best solution to restore a stone fireplace that was previously covered by plasterboard. I am looking to fit a log burning stove into the hole, ...
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Best way to stop cold air coming in from fireplace

My house was built in 1967 and has a real working fireplace. The problem is, it allows a ton of cold air into the house. There is a chimney cap (and I climbed up on the roof to verify it still works), ...
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Tile over brick…with a problem

We have this giant brick fireplace in a home we just purchased. As part of our renovations, we plan on covering the brick with tile and putting a simpler mantel on top. The hearth and surround was ...
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Can I use a fireplace that is setup for gas to burn wood?

So I have a traditional brick and mortar fireplace w/ chimney. It has a gas pipe (black steel) feeding a gas burner with fake logs on it. This is not an insert. I want to use this fireplace as a wood ...
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How much will a damper clamp increase my energy costs?

I'm considering installing gas logs. I have the option of vented or ventless. I'm leaning towards vented, since these are mainly for aesthetics, I have a working chimney, and my wife is sensitive to ...
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How can I remove a stone fireplace that is attached to drywall?

I wish to remove a fireplace and the mantle above it. Can I just pry it off portions at a time or is there a better way?
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How can I get my gas fire pit to have a larger flame or better disperse heat?

I currently have a gas (run from our house gas line) fire pit in my backyard. It is approximately 18" off the ground and the fire ring (relatively new) is 36" in diameter, filled with gravel at the ...
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How can I modify my odd sized fireplace to accept standard size doors?

My brick fireplace is 42" wide and 40" high and I am thinking about adding a fabricated metal panel at the top to make the height effectively 32" instead. Another alternative would be to add a row or ...
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How can a ventless (gas) fire box be put in a wall safely?

It (ventless fireplace) is currently sitting on the floor, taking up needed floor space and I would like to have it placed inside the wall? I need to know any and everything that would need to be done ...
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Could I have poisoned myself by using my gas fireplace with the flue closed?

Ive been using my vented gas fireplace for a couple weeks not knowing the flue was closed. How dangerous is this. I have myself & 3 dogs that were in my family room with me where the fireplace ...
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Fireplace will not turn off

I have gas fireplace with a electric switch to turn it on or off. The fireplace will turn on from the electric switch but will not turn off. I replace the switch but I still have the problem. Any ...
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What are my options for my chimney? (Ventless fireplace, insulation)

When we moved into our house it had an original chimney (now about 40 years old) but the original owners had converted the once-wood-burning brick fireplace into a ventless gas insert. I immediately ...
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How do I fix a chimney that does not conform to the insurance regulations?

The previous owners installed a fireplace in the house. A wood burning stove. It doesn't seem old or damaged. The stove itself is fine now that we moved it forward an inch and a half. Back to my ...
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How can I build a mantel around my fireplace?

I am new to posting on this site but have been reading it for a while! My wife asked me to redo our fireplace mantel. When I got the drywall off I noticed that the studs are not exactly uniform. I ...
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How do I attach stone veneer to a brick fireplace? [duplicate]

We have a brick fireplace we'd like to reface with one of the many stone veneers. However, I'm not sure of the proper method to attach it. To complicate matters, around the firebox on the top and ...