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Fireplace sealing to avoid “false chimney”

I'm building a new fireplace with a 2cm granite surround (around the firebox opening). This leaves (by design) a 1/2" gap between the back of the granite and the face of the firebox & smoke dome ...
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What considerations for installing quartz around a fireplace?

I have a natural gas fireplace, and I want to install quartz in a single piece around it (u-shape). I have it ripped down to the studs and would prefer not to put backerboard or any material as I ...
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Giant magnetic something behind drywall/fireplace

I'm trying to mount a flatscreen TV above our fireplace that was converted by a previous owner (from wood?) to direct vent. During the process of finding the studs, I noticed that magnets stick the ...
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Gas fireplace main burner not lighting

The main burner on my fire gas fireplace will not light.I replaced the thermopile and have power to the gas valve. Could it be the main gas valve? If so how do I check it.The fireplace is a ...
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Propane gas fireplace pilot won't light

I've asked this question before. Now I've posted some pictures as I can't figure out where I should clean. I don't smell propane. I tired lighting manually with a lighter and nothing. I know to turn ...
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Home automation connection for gas fireplace

What, specifically, is needed to bring home automation (HomeKit) to a remote electronic ignition system with inputs for just this type of behavior but no instructions on how to do so? Whatever the ...
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Natural Gas Ventless Fireplace fittings in a fire pit and switch it to LP

I have an old Natural Gas ventless fireplace that I never used. I now want to build a fire pit and am wondering if I could take the working parts out of the fireplace unit and use those for fire pit. ...
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gas fireplace pilot will not light [duplicate]

My gas fireplace pilot will not light. It worked fine a few months ago until I shut if off. My lighter has a knob which I turn towards pilot and hold pushed while I push the igniter button. a few ...
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Fire place and stove turning themselves off

A few months ago my stove starting randomly turning off. Now as of the last week or so my fire place is doing the same thing. Though my stove can sometimes take days to turn back on, my fire place ...
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Is it possible to add a branch to existing fireplace blower?

My fireplace has two blowers behind grates in the brick. Fans behind these lower grates mix air with heated air from behind the firebox and kick out a serious amount of heat into the room. The heated ...
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Sealing inside fireplace

I gave an old home and the fireplace on the outside shows cracks and shifted brick. I tried to use the fireplace and it was fine but eventually smokes started coming in the house. I know there are ...
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Changing a gas fire place back into a wood fire place

The house I am in has a fireplace that was originally wood burning, then turned into a gas fire place. What would be required to change it back?
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Best material to seal fireplace door gaps for irregular stone fireplace?

I have a stone fireplace and just installed a new door. But there's gaps because the stone is irregular. I tried using fireplace cement from the inside but it's hard to get in there and keeps falling ...
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Repair / Replace Gas Lighter and Logs

I had a fireplace inspection performed on a house that I'm buying. It's a "Cal-Mex" prefabricated gas only fireplace. The fireplace inspector said that the fireplace is missing parts and is beyond ...
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TV mount above fireplace? HELP [duplicate]

I am moving into my first home and am wanting to mount my 43" flat screen tv above the fireplace. There are multiple outlets surrounding the fireplace, however there is not one above it. What are some ...
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How hot is too hot above fireplace

I recently bought a house with a zero clearance fireplace, and had a metal/glass door installed on the front. I suspect the metal door is touching the tiles on the wall above and transferring a lot of ...
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Is my chimney safe if it has ash on the walls of it?

I've read a bit about tarry, shiny creosote, and I don't have that. What I have is a thin coating of soot and some flaky pieces here and there. Is this something I should worry about, or just start ...
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Remote Switch wiring for a gas log fire place

I have a remote switch outside my gas log fireplace to turn the fireplace burner on and off. I've been having problems with the standard thermostat wiring that was supplied with my remote switch. The ...
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How to light a Hearthmaster gas fireplace

I just moved into a new house I went to turn on the gas for the fireplace using the key yet I still can't light the fireplace. There's nothing showing me where to turn on the gas flow to the ...
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Rotted Sheathing Above Fireplace

TL;DR - Is it possible to replace the rotted sheathing from the inside behind the brick fireplace and behind the header above the mantle So, my wife and I purchase a house about a month an a half ...
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How can I anchor something in the gaps between the bricks or rocks of a fireplace without damaging the masonry?

I want to hang fireplace tools next to my fireplace without damaging the stone work. I don't want to drill into it. The stones have mortar between them with gaps about half an inch wide: I have ...
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Electrical for built-ins and fireplace insert

We're remodeling our fireplace, to include installing built-in cabinets and shelves on either side of the fireplace, changing the fireplace surround, mantel, and hearth. We're like to run electrical ...
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Mendota FV44i LP Gas fireplace insert won't stay on, it cycles off after awhile, then on

I have it set on standing pilot, which stays lit. The unit is only 2 years old and was working fine a few weeks ago. Temperature outside is above 50 degrees, and our main gas hot air heat is working ...
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1923 house with wood fireplace converted to gas problem

Our house was built in 1923. Prior owners converted from wood burning to gas. We went to remodel the tile's around the fireplace and found a problem. The original opening was much larger and not ...
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Options for restoring or otherwise utilizing old chimney

My home (in East Texas, built in 1885, two stories, pier and beam) has two chimneys, one of which I would like to reopen. Apart from information gleaned online, I have no experience with chimneys or ...
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How can I force hot air through this fireplace grate?

Ok, here's the front of my fireplace (note the grates on the top and bottom): Here's the model tag: This fireplace came with the house and I know almost nothing about it except that the chimney was ...
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What kind of expertise is required to install a gas fireplace log?

I already have a gas igniter for my fireplace and want to replace it with a gas log. While we do that, I'd like to also upgrade to whatever the latest safety features are for gas fireplaces. First, ...
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Pellet Stove Ventilation

I have an Englander PDVC pellet stove that came with my house when I bought it in the spring. Never used it. Currently its vented through the wall and comes straight through the exterior of the ...
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How can I remove a “log lighter” pipe from my fireplace?

My fireplace has a log lighter: What is the easy way to remove it? Can I use WD-40 to loosen the connector?
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Natural gas fireplace

Why can't I replace the log set and burner in a direct vent natural gas fireplace whit a different model from a different mfg?
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New Fireplace Mantel Shelf

So My W̶i̶f̶e̶ Goddess has not liked the fireplace mantel shelf for a long time so she started to do a little demo and what she found did not make her happy. The mantel it-self is only attached to the ...
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Fireplace facing and hearth - how do I repair chips in the hearth section?

My fireplace hearth is, I think, a facing in grey brick style. The hearth has chips in it - grandchildren, husband dropping tongs on it, etc., and I wish to repair and repaint the hearth section. No ...
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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 ...