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When installing a stone fireplace, do I install the wood mantle first?

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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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 cut a brick fireplace hearth to allow for a laminate flooring expansion gap?

I am attempting to cut a small piece out of the brick fireplace (already in place) to allow for the expansion of the floating laminate flooring that I am installing. I don’t want to just leave 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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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What can I use to clean my brick fireplace

I have a brick fireplace that has been great over the years. I was wondering, since I can't pressure-wash the grout or brick with a cleaner, what can I use to bring the brick and grout back to life?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...