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How can I prevent the mantel above a gas fireplace from getting hot?

When I moved into this house, the unvented gas fireplace had no mantel or hood. It worked OK, although I thought the tile above the fireplace (and the sheetrock behind it) got rather hot. When I ...
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Should the flue always be open in a gas fireplace?

I have a victorian fireplace with a modern gas fire installed. The fire place has a hatch at the top to open/close the chimney, which the fitters have connected to a wire to force it to be fully open ...
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What are my non-gas alternatives to a wood burning fireplace?

Our house has a wood burning firplace that we want to convert to something else but we have no gas lines in the area. What are our options for heating benefits and esthetics?
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What precautions should I take when burning pine firewood?

I've heard that burning pine in your fireplace can cause creosote to build up in the chimney. If I get my chimney swept at the beginning of the season should i be safe to burn pine for the rest of ...
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What to do with this fire place?

We moved into a flat built in the 1940s and have been busy renovating since a month. In the living-room is a nice fireplace which was covered up. We got rid of that, filled the holes and repainted it ...
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How can I remove a fireplace insert without damaging the surrounding wall?

I have a fireplace (factory-built) that requires replacement. It is in an interial wall in the house. How do I detach the flue, detach the gas line and remove the existing fireplace? Is it possible to ...
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How can I tell if my gas fire is fitted correctly?

In a correctly fitted gas fire should the ignition system be so visible, and the base so high? How could I find if this is a correct fitting for this fire, or if not how it should have been fitted? ...
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What should I pack behind a cast iron fireplace?

I have a cast iron open fireplace which is (loosely) attached to the chimney breast in my living room by the mantle piece. There is a small but significant gap behind it where the bricks have been ...
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Can I do anything with this gas fireplace? No gas service

When I bought my house (it was bank owned and empty for 2 years), the home inspector said that we had a gas fireplace insert, and not a "real" wood burning fireplace. We do not have gas service in ...
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How do you fire-block a fireplace?

An engineer (when I bought my house) said I should fire-block my fireplace. Does anyone know what this means and how to do it?
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Where can I find fireproof caulk backer?

A while back I asked this question and got a lot of great responses. I've been able to locate fireblock caulk, but one thing I didn't think of is the backer. I need some kind of fireblock/fireproof ...
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Gas Fireplace Pilot

I have a Heatilator NB4842I gas fireplace. When I turn on the switch on the wall, the pilot lights the burner. When I turn off the switch, the burner goes off but pilot is staying on until I tap on ...
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How long can a fireplace go without cleaning/inspection if it's never used?

I have a gas fireplace that I have never used, nor planned to use. Then we lost power on the coldest day I've ever seen here (gas furnace - check, electric blower - oops) and I'm kicking myself for ...
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Gas fire place main burner stays on low flame

I have a gas fire place. The pilot light stays on and the main burner comes on, but the flame is not even close to what it was when it was first put in. What is wrong?
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How can I seal the large gap around my fireplace in a way that is safe and prevents air inflows?

I've got a spot by a fireplace that lets cold air in. Unfortunately its right where the metal of the fireplace meets the wooden framing/molding of the fireplace on the inside. This seems like ...
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What type of backer board do I need to use to attach a stone veneer around a fireplace?

I want to put up a stone veneer surround, around a gas fireplace we're going to install. I've seen everything from using 1/2" plywood and a metal lath, to putting the tiles directly on drywall. I ...
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How can I clean the glass door on my fireplace?

I tried crumpled up newspaper but that was a joke. Are there any good techniques for doing this? Mine is totally covered with creosote right now and I can barely see through it.
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Why do I have a reduced flame in my natural gas fireplace when the furnace or water heater runs?

I have a natural gas fireplace, furnace, water heater and barbecue. This year I've noticed that my barbecue blows out occasionally when it's on low, even in the slightest wind. I figured the burner ...
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Is this insulation supposed to be there?

I was adding some insulation foam into our fireplace as a way of stopping drafts from the chimney. It's obvious that it's installed so we won't ever have it there when a fire is lit (we have not yet ...
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Where can I find a cheap diamond stone-cutting blade for my Dremel Multi-Max?

I'm getting ready to place laminate flooring in a room with a brick fireplace. As per Mike's recommendation here, I'd like to use my Dremel Multi-Max tool to cut a space in the base of our brick ...
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What is this knob on our fireplace?

Dumb question, probably, but you guys have come through for us in the past... Our house has a fireplace installed by the previous owner with two sliding knobs. Our question is, what are these? ...
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What could be wrong with gas fireplace that turns off when I turn it on?

Pilot light is lit. When I turn it on, it starts up, normal amounts of flame. Then it turns a blue flame, and slowly disappears until even the pilot light goes out. This was working not even 2 weeks ...
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Where is the best place to store firewood outdoors relative to your house?

Is it true I should avoid storing firewood near my home (due to concern about termites)? Or is it perfectly fine to store firewood in a convenient spot just outside the door?
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Re-designing an existing fireplace

Can an amateur DIY'er re-design, demo, and built a new fireplace from an existing masonry fireplace? Tips and Tricks for following the building code Tips and Tricks for demo (how far to go) Tips and ...
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Tips and advice for installing a chimney cap?

I have an older wood-burning fireplace that is missing a chimney cap. I'd like to install one prior to rain season here in California but would still like the ability to use the fireplace now and ...
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How far away must a woodstove be from walls?

I'm thinking of installing a woodstove in my cabin. How far away must I install it from the walls (which are surfaced with wood planks)? Should I cover the nearby walls with bricks? Is there any ...
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How do I add a quiet blower or fan to a gas fireplace?

I have beautiful fireplace in my family room, although it is gas rather than wood burning, and it vents strait outside. Due to the nature of how it is vented, I don't really get much heat from it, and ...
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Electric Fireplace worth it

The wife is bent on getting an Electric heater for the living room. We opted not to purchase the gas fireplace when we built our home (through Ryan). She claims these things can cost up to $1000. ...
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How do I insulate around a gas fireplace without tearing it apart?

My home has a gas fireplace that we do not use very often. It is in a "bump out" on the back of the house. In the winter, cold air flows through the vents under the fireplace and if you feel the ...