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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to cap and remove fireplace gas pipe?

We recently took out an outdated gas insert and looking to have a simple decorative firebox. As a temporary measure I put a metal screw cap with some yellow Teflon tape on the gas pipe in the ...
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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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Gas fireplace pilot will stay lit but wall switch doesn't light other flames

I have a gas fireplace, which use to work fine but after having used it for a couple of years the fireplace now does not work. The flame on the pilot is a clean blue color, but it's kind of a 'fat' ...
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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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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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Is biofuel safe for this indoor fireplace with an open flame?

Having purchased a home without a fireplace, I've been searching for non-vented alternatives, like electric heating units that emulate the look of a wood stove. I came across this interesting looking ...
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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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Why can't I get gas to our gas fire place?

Okay so my boyfriend and I are trying to light our gas fire place... we turned on the gas that t's off from the line in the basement which goes out to the main line which goes to a meter. The main ...
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Gas logs / how open does flue need to be opened

Either vented or non vetoed gas longs. How open does the flue have to be open. I lose a lot of heat the way it is set now Flue is set to wide open. Can I ajust the stop on handle to close it to @ 2 to ...
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How To Level Uneven Fireplace Hearth Concrete?

I am remodeling my fireplace. The hearth and mantle were granite/marble slabs (huge ones cut around the firebox). I removed them from the mantle and hearth with a sledge and chisel, expecting thinset ...
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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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How can I prevent my house from smelling of smoke after having a fire in my fireplace?

We have a wood-burning fireplace in our family room. Fifteen feet from the fireplace is a large cold air return. When the fireplace is stoked, nice and cozy, everything is fantastic. When I shut it ...
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How can I convert a propane fireplace to natural gas?

I just bought a property and it has a passthrough, ventless fireplace that runs on propane. I've not hooked up propane to the house, and the natural gas company says they'll hook me up for free. ...
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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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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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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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Can a gas fireplace insert heat an entire house?

I have a single-story 1400 sq/ft house (4 bedroom). Here's a VERY rough sketch of the layout: The house has blown-in insulation on the exterior walls but no insulation on the interior walls. ...
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How can I add a fireplace to an existing non-fireplace chimney?

Our 83 year old house has a brick chimney covered up with drywall. We have no idea where the original flue was, but it must have vented a wood stove because there is no structure for a fireplace. We ...
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What materials are fake coals for gas fireplaces made of?

My new gas fireplace looks remarkably realistic! I'm curious what the "glowing embers" are made of. I have found replacement sets, but I've been having a hard time figuring out what materials ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Can I convert a gas log fireplace to wood burning?

My house currently has a gas fireplace with (as far as I can tell) a metal firebox and a metal flue running up a non-masonry chimney. Are there any options available to me to convert this fireplace to ...
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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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How should I run wiring for my above-fireplace mounted TV?

I'm going to mount my 47" LCD above my fireplace. I'm not looking for arguments against this decision. I'm looking for wiring solutions. The diagram below should help explain the situation. ...
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What is this knob for on my fireplace?

I have the pictured "knob" beside my gas fireplace. Can anybody tell me what its purpose is? I also have an on/off switch beside the fireplace. I'm guessing this is for the gas. Is there any harm in ...
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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 to prevent wall-mounted TV above fireplace from getting hot?

The place I just moved in to has a wall-mounted TV above the fireplace. However, I'm not sure how the previous residents dealt with the fact that the bottom of the TV gets very hot. Maybe the TV ...