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insulation below fireplace

I was removing wood paneling in the basement to fix some seepage cracks and I noticed a huge space that was un-insulated. This spot had some pipes running through it and it runs right underneath the ...
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Is a gas fireplace enough to heat a small cottage?

I have a ranch style 544 sq foot cottage 16x32 it is long and very narrow. I would like to install a gas fireplace for a heat source but as well as the ambiance. Do you think with proper blown in ...
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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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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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Venting a direct vent fireplace into an existing wood burning stove flue

Currently have a floor to ceiling brick wall with a wood burning stove that connects to a round flue tile about 32" from the floor and then has a standard cinder block with tile liner up to the roof. ...
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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 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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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 ...
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How do I convert an old model propane fireplace to natural gas?

I installed a propane direct vent fireplace bought from Security Chimney International about 12 years ago. I now want to convert it to natural gas. I have phoned the company and they told me that ...
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Can I install a garden chiminea in a wooden shed?

I want to install my iron garden chiminea into my wooden shed. Is this a really bad idea? If it's not, how should I go about installing a chimney flue?
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How can I expand a fireplace box in a framed wall?

We're creating a bumped-out wall with an inset fireplace (ventless, bioethanol), similar to this to give you an idea. One notable difference however is that the bottom of the fireplace will be ...
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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 ...
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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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Type of insulation between exhaust flue and chimney flue?

We converted a wood stove to a propane fireplace. It's a direct vent but we're only using the exhaust insert. The intake air will come from the interior. Anyways, as such, we have a gap around the ...
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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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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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Casting vermiculite boards and reinforcement

I would like to insulate and fireproof the back of my fireplace insert in my living room. As precast vermiculite boards are rather expensive compared to loose vermiculite granules I would like to cast ...
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Natural stone cladding on grog/chamotte shell around fireplace insert

I would like to clad my grog/chamotte brick-built fireplace shell with natural stone. I expect to cover bricks using flexible adhesive grout. But in order to compensate for temperature differences in ...
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Advice on removing brick fireplace and gas fireplace

I would like to remove this fireplace in its entirety... My 'current understanding' of the best approach to this is as follows.. support the wood sleeper on either side, then chisel away ...
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Would a chunky mantel allow me to mount my TV above a wood burner?

I would like a woodburner with a twin flue install to take the flue outside. If I put a chunky mantel above it, can I then safely mount my TV on the wall without heat killing it? When I say chunky I ...
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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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Converting two-vent fireplace insert into one-vent: how much combustion air access does it need?

We recently took out a woodburning stove and are replacing it with a propane insert. The insert is set for a 2-pipe direct vent configuration (one for combustion air, one for exhaust). Our contractor ...
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How much clearance is needed on a gas fireplace?

I have a small gas fireplace already installed. I cut a hole in side and it looks like it has about a foot clearance (opening between the outer wall and fireplace housing). In addition, it looks ...
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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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What's the best way to seal unused flue?

Our chimney has two flues, one we use the other must have been for a woodstove in the basement but has since been covered up with a finished basement. When we burn in the fireplace we can smell the ...
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Previous owner filled in fireplace shelves with incorrect brick. Can I chisel them out?

My wife and I recently moved into a ranch house built in 1956. If you look closely you can see where the previous own filled in what I assume to be two little nook shelves with regular old brick and ...
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Why is smoke entering my home through the fireplace?

I recently moved to a new home with a wood burning fireplace. I've never owned one of these before and I want to become familiar with it. With a fire extinguisher and a pot of water ready, I placed ...
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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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Is it safe to fill in or insulate the space in my walls around my fireplace flum?

Moved into a new home and I noticed something about my fireplace. I have a large brick enclosure that surrounds my wood burning fireplace and when I was up in the attic I noticed that the space ...
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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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How do I fit a solid wood mantle to an existing stone surface?

I have an existing, irregular river-stone fireplace and would like to fit a solid pine slab mantle to the surface. I have considered scribing the top and bottom surfaces of the wood mantle, but I do ...
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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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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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Using Outdoor pavers stone for fireplace

We are redoing our fireplace and I'm throwing the idea of using stone from the outdoor garden section for the floor base of the fireplace (approximately 12 sq ft worth). Any reasons it is a poor idea? ...
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How can I repair a crack in my fireplace hearth?

We have just purchased a house, and upon the inspection noticed the the fireplace hearth has a crack in it. It's a clean crack, but it goes from the front to the back, and pretty much right through ...
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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 do I replace the fireplace burner?

Our fireplace is about 7 years old and for the past couple of years, only the last opening in the burner has worked. I see the pipe's threading shortly where it comes out of the wall in the firepit, ...
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What could cause a gas fireplace to stop working during operation?

The other day we had our gas fireplace on for over an hour. Once the logs get cranked up, we switch on the fan. The fan along with the flaming logs were burning steady for over an hour. Then out of ...
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How do I paint old brass fireplace doors?

Have old brass fireplace doors. Would like them black or some other color. Can I paint these? If so do I need to take the glass out? And with what paint?
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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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How do I mount a TV to cover a cubby hole above my fireplace?

I have an odd space above the mantle that my wife hates, and we tried covering it up with our TV, but I'm not very confident that the mantle is strong enough to hold the TV. I would like to do ...
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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 do I cover one side of a two-sided fireplace with bricks?

EDIT: 1/21/13 We hired a professional mason to convert the two-sided fireplace into a single-sided fireplace. We ended up interviewing about 5 people and getting bids from all of them. The guy we ...
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How can I clean compacted critter nest from my gas fireplace flue louvers?

When the flue is open you can't see anything, but I could feel it on the louver (with gloves on!). The cap has been off for several years, and I had chimney monsters nesting this past spring, and ...
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How can I eliminate the smell of gas and smoke when burning my new gas fireplace?

Yet another question in my long running series of new house questions. I closed recently on a newly constructed house and in my final walk through with the project manager he demonstrated how the gas ...
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How can I prevent the fireplace smell when the A/C is on?

I get the ashy fireplace smell in the family room when the A/C is running. I haven't had a fire burning in months. I checked out this question, but it targets a recent fire and a cold air return. ...
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What is used to seal around glass in fireplace doors?

The glass in my fireplace doors have felt-like strips layered in between the glass and the metal framing of the doors. I recently had to have a piece of glass replaced and they lost the strips. Now ...
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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 can I add tile to my fireplace?

I am getting ready to begin tiling part of my fireplace. The current finish is a wooden mantle surrounding a masonry fa├žade that runs to the outside edge of the firebox. This is the current ...
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How do I make a fire break around our chimney?

We've purchased an older house built in the 70's, and one of the two chimney's lacks a fire break, meaning that you can see direct from the basement up into the second floor. There's a gap of ...