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How can I modify my odd sized fireplace to accept standard size doors?

My brick fireplace is 42" wide and 40" high and I am thinking about adding a fabricated metal panel at the top to make the height effectively 32" instead. Another alternative would be to add a row or ...
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How can a ventless (gas) fire box be put in a wall safely?

It (ventless fireplace) is currently sitting on the floor, taking up needed floor space and I would like to have it placed inside the wall? I need to know any and everything that would need to be done ...
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Could I have poisoned myself by using my gas fireplace with the flue closed?

Ive been using my vented gas fireplace for a couple weeks not knowing the flue was closed. How dangerous is this. I have myself & 3 dogs that were in my family room with me where the fireplace ...
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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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What are my options for my chimney? (Ventless fireplace, insulation)

When we moved into our house it had an original chimney (now about 40 years old) but the original owners had converted the once-wood-burning brick fireplace into a ventless gas insert. I immediately ...
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How do I fix a chimney that does not conform to the insurance regulations?

The previous owners installed a fireplace in the house. A wood burning stove. It doesn't seem old or damaged. The stove itself is fine now that we moved it forward an inch and a half. Back to my ...
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How can I build a mantel around my fireplace?

I am new to posting on this site but have been reading it for a while! My wife asked me to redo our fireplace mantel. When I got the drywall off I noticed that the studs are not exactly uniform. I ...
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How do I attach stone veneer to a brick fireplace?

We have a brick fireplace we'd like to reface with one of the many stone veneers. However, I'm not sure of the proper method to attach it. To complicate matters, around the firebox on the top and ...
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How do I stop the mantel over my gas fireplace from getting way too hot? [duplicate]

Can anybody tell me how to redirect the heat from going up to coming out the front? The wall and mantel gets so hot that we can't touch it, so we can't use our fireplace.
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What can I use to clean my brick fireplace

I searched for this under brick and fireplace but i didnt see this question so I have a brick fireplace that has been great over the years but I was wondering since I cant pressure wash the grout or ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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 façade that runs to the outside edge of the firebox. This is the current ...
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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 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 ...
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What are my options when replacing all house trim / molding / baseboards?

When we bought our house in 2008, we opted for the cheapest oak trim. Around doors, windows, baseboards, cabinets, behind the clothes dryer, fireplace surround and mantel, absolutely everywhere. ...
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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 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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Do gas fireplaces need chimney cleaning?

Is it necessary to have the chimney cleaned by chimney sweeping service if I use a gas imitation fireplace log (no wood) exclusively? If so, what is the reason? What is the root cause for chimneys ...
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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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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's the minimum distance for a mantle above a fireplace?

I'm wall mounting a flat TV above a mantle, above a wood fireplace. The mantle is quite high, so to get the right viewing angle, and because the mantle is hideous, I'd like to replace it and move it ...
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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?