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revised How do I cover one side of a two-sided fireplace with bricks?
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comment How do I cover one side of a two-sided fireplace with bricks?
I'm fairly confident that 1) the draw is adequate as-is, but could be improved by increased suction created by sealing the the back wall. This is because before the abortive attempt involving the duraflame log, we had a few wood-only fires and it worked well with a minimum of smoke leak 2) We had the fireplace, chimney, and ash drop inspected by a fireman lieutenant who does inspections in his spare time. He pronounced the fireplace structurally intact and gave us the go-ahead to use it. I'm really interested in focusing my question on how to do this project, not whether it's safe.
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comment How do I cover one side of a two-sided fireplace with bricks?
The back wall shattered because I was burning a duraflame log along with some firewood. Mea culpa. I wanted to see whether the glass would withstand any heat, and it did not. The front doors fold in half and open like shutters to the side of the fireplace. The door manufacturer's instructions state that you're to leave them open while burning a fire, as they will shatter if left closed. Currently the fireplace does not draw extraordinarly well. There were some gaps in the back wall between the glass and brick which allowed smoke to leak into the room behind.
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