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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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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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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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how do I increase natural gas pressure on outdoor fireplace

I just built an outdoor natural gas fireplace. After construction I found that the flame gave off hardly any heat. After checking the gas pressure I found that I have less that 1 pound of pressure ...
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What is the best material for an indoor wood heater

When buying or making an indoor heater, I have noticed that you get really nice internal combustion heaters, which either come in Cast Iron, Steel, Ceramic etc. I struggle to grasp the best ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I add tile to my fireplace?

[UPDATE: After reading the question and answers, please see this blog that shows how the fireplace renovation was completed.] I am getting ready to begin tiling part of my fireplace. The current ...
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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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Do Wood Stove/Fireplace Inserts come in 'direct vent' configurations?

It appears that gas fireplace inserts are common in a direct vent configuration (where combustion air is brought in from the outside). Are there wood burning fireplaces that are direct vent? I'm not ...
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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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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'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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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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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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How do I fill a gap between my hearth and the hardwood frame around it?

What type of caulk or sealant should I use to fill a space on my fireplace hearth between the slate & the wood frame that surrounds it. The hardwood floor was refinished, but the wood framing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Increase wood fireplace efficiency

We have a large fireplace and plenty of free or cheap wood and love having fires for warmth and entertainment. An open fireplace is not an ideal source of heat, but I wanted to know if there's a ...
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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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What kind of wall switch is needed for a natural gas fireplace to ignite consistently?

When we moved in, our natural gas fireplace worked well: Flick the switch & it would ignite. Years later, it started acting erratically: Sometimes, the switch worked, other times, no luck. We'd ...
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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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Why does my gas fireplace shutdown when fan starts up?

My gas fireplace lights and runs fine but will shut down totally including pilot light two minutes after the fan blower turns on..what could be wrong..is it electrical.
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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 insulate my fireplace when it's not in use?

I have a wood burning fireplace insert, that is not currently being used. Now that it's cold in my area (27F), I've noticed that there is quite a draft coming from the fireplace. How can I ...
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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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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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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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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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Can a Wood Burning Stove use a stovepipe made of copper for a chimney?

Planning to install woodburning stove one day. The plan includes exposed stovepipe running up through a loft space, through attic, and out to roof chimney. I know the stovepipe comes in black and ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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What is a fireplace facing and what is it used for?

I live in an old house and have a wood-burning brick fireplace with no facing or mantle. I recently had a chimney sweep and inspection. The inspector recommended that I install a fireplace facing. I ...