Questions tagged [fireplace]

For questions generally relating to devices or implements in which fuel is burned in a controlled manner for aesthetic reasons in addition to heat production.

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Identify pipe connecting to nothing in basement (fireplace/hvac/unsure)

I'm remodeling my basement and came across the following pipe connected to a duct or something. It looks like it connects to something and, maybe, that something is the fireplace. At the least, it ...
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How to remove the fireplace hearth

I have removed a fire place surround. And removed the piece that sat on the floor in front of the fire. Before removal But after removal there is some kind of cement that is on the floor in front and ...
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Will this DIY system to extract hot air from behind a fireplace work and be safe?

I have a fireplace insert at home, whose top is behind a very thick slab of stone, so it is not possible to open a proper vent for the hot air to reach the room. As a result, the room is only heated ...
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Installing steel stud using brackets above firebox

I'm in the process of replacing drywall with cement board for a natural stone installation around a fireplace. The fireplace has standoffs above it for clearance, however the bottom of the cement ...
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Building a wood burning "camp" stove for my shed

I am building a small wood stove to heat a 200 sq ft area. I am just wanting to confirm that I have all of the basic components, I will be welding it myself out of 1/8" mild steel sheet. It will ...
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What backing used for stacked stone on a gas fireplace remodel?

This builder’s special brown tile has got to go! We’re replacing with stacked stone and different floor tile to match the kitchen tile. I’m planning to rip this down to the stud and use a cement ...
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What can I seal the top of my fireplace doors with?

I have a wood burning fireplace with glass doors. The top outer rim of the doors have quite a gap, allowing a decent draft and also smoke to escape when first starting a fire (which is worsened by a ...
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Can you reverse an interior fireplace?

We have a fireplace that is currently in the kitchen. I would like to close it off in the kitchen but open it up in the family room. The rooms are divided by the wall the fireplace is currently ...
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How to convert vent-free LP heater/fireplace to NG

I have a Jøtul #3 Classic vent free free-standing heater (looks like an old school wood burning stove) that was manufactured to use LP……but I have a natural gas hookup in my fireplace. Can anyone tell ...
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Efficiency boosts for a fireplace

I have a brick and masonry chimney that is built on the outside edge of our 1920s house. Originally, the house was primarily heated by an oil furnace, and the fumes were vented through a second flue ...
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Confusing behaviour from gas fireplace

I recently moved into a house with a gas fireplace. The fireplace did not turn on when I flipped the wall switch, so I started poking around to try to figure out what’s going on. I have absolutely no ...
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What could be causing the thermopile in my gas fireplace to fail so often?

I have a Heatilator ND4236 gas fireplace (natural gas). The thermopile (Q313A) fails every two to three years (I have read they should last at least five). What could be causing the too frequent ...
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Can I safely connect barely reachable flex gas pipe? [closed]

Update - Thanks for all of the answers and comments - I am including some more info and pictures to try to give a better sense. A professional is coming tomorrow to take a look, they are the one who ...
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Is there a minimum distance from vented fireplace to MP regulator?

In my shop, Im putting back in service a small 38,000 btu free-standing natural gas fireplace. Im putting in the right regulator and redoing some of the 3/8’’ copper piping. The regulator is a Maxi ...
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What is the difference between fireplace gas lighter and burner?

Is it a gas lighter in my fireplace, or is it a burner? Do I need to buy gas burner with gas logs, or can I just place the gas logs on the grate to start using my fireplace?
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How to apply inner wall isolation around fireplace/woodburner

I would like to isolate the inside of the wall around my fireplace but I'm having trouble finding out how to do that because the regulations say that I am only allowed to use fire resistant materials ...
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Why won't my gas fireplace start up?

Just recently purchased a house but have not as yet moved to the new locale. Gas fireplace has the functional gas shut-off key and a handheld remote with a fresh battery; however, no click, no flame. ...
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How can I repair a large chip in the front of a concrete hearth?

I am working on an old fireplace and there seems to be some damage to the hearth. The middle section has some damage on the face and I'm wondering how to go about repairing it. They are made from ...
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How to detach insert fireplace from flue (without damaging/cutting flue)?

I have an insert fireplace that is on a raised platform. I want to lower it to normal height (i.e. almost level with the floor). I am looking at the setup and I am not sure how to (non-destructively)...
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How do I fix streaky Krylon High Heat paint on brass fireplace detail?

I attempted to paint my brass fireplace detail with Krylon High Heat paint. It’s 3 sided with doors that have a brass strip on the top and bottom. A couple sections ended up streaky. Can I sand it and ...
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Fireplace gas line burner replacement

So in an effort to update my fireplace I was looking to remove the old burner meant for a gas log set and install an H-burner for a fire glass setup. The original nipple was too long traveling into ...
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What is this metal "brick" doing under the stone veneer of a fireplace?

I'm in the process of removing a stone veneer from a fireplace in our basement, as there's white brick underneath that I want to expose. This fireplace is identical to an upstairs one that has the ...
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How to Solve Wood to Gas Fireplace Conversion Draftiness

I have a Heat & Glo Supreme-XTA gas fireplace insert installed in an old wood burning fireplace. It uses a Hearth & Home direct vent kit, either a LINK-DV30B or a Link-DV4-30B. Setup was ...
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Required safe distance from wood fireplace? [duplicate]

What is the minimum safe distance to install permanent fixtures (cabinets) next to a fireplace? Fireplace is open on 2 sides: front and right side, facing the future fixture. Unit is in multi family ...
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Have I ruined the wood burning capacity of my metal fireplace by running a gas line into it?

We have just moved into a house built in 1977 with a metal lined wood burning fireplace. We thought we wanted to install a gas insert and so had a gas line run into the firebox. We realized we had ...
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Fireplace Conversion: Gas log to gas glass

I have a pair of old fireplaces, both of which are gas, but designed to burn wood, and I'd like to pour fireglass in there instead. My general understanding is that I should replace the pipe with a ...
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Adding fireplace doors with ornamental tile surround

I am interested in adding fireplace doors (and a fireplace back) to this existing open wood burning fireplace. The flue is too narrow to fit a wood burning insert, but we'd like to regain efficiency ...
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Fireplace bi-fold doors, should they be opened or closed when you have a fire?

I work for a company that makes glass for fireplaces and we often get questions from customers about whether glass bi-fold doors on a fireplace should remain open when the fire is going or should be ...
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Can anyone tell me where I can get a replacement thermostat(see PicS)

Just wondering if anyone can tell me where to get a replacement thermostat for the one in the pics. I put it in in 2010 and I'll be darned if I can find a replacement. It's a three wire RWG Thanks Thx
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What is the correct way to seal off a fireplace chimney?

I've seen people say cap it at the top, I've seen people say stuff insulation in the bottom, I've seen people say brick it off at the bottom and seal it at the top. I've also seen all of these ...
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Install outlet above fire place in 70's era stone wall

I'd like to install an outlet above my wood burning fireplace so that I can mount a tv. Problem is the entire wall is a 70's era stone wall. I thought I had a slick solution. There is a smaller ...
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Issue with chimney and wood burning insert

We are interested in adding a wood burning insert to an existing fireplace. Our issue is that our chimney is already lined: but not with the typical liner. At the top are terracotta tile liners, and ...
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Preparing Broken Concrete Hearth Extension for Tile

I am planning to retile my fireplace hearth extension. As I was removing the old tile, the front edge of the concrete bed crumbled away. I presume this was because it was much thinner than the ...
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What kind of wiring/switch to use for gas fireplace switch?

I have a gas fireplace with a remote control plugged into an electrical outlet hidden below the fireplace unit. The remote control is old and not working, and I had thought about wiring up a switch ...
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White fiberglass looking material inside fireplace - what is it?

I can see this white fiberglass looking material between the top of the aluminum hood inside the fireplace and surrounding metal. Is it dangerous? I am thinking asbestos, or is this fairly normal to ...
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Exposed Wood Framing Near Firebox

I recently purchased a home built in 1973 that has a fireplace with natural stone tile. There is however, exposed wood framing right outside the firebox which is part of the tile work that was ...
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Exterior exhaust piping

Exterior Piping for an open garage wood burning fireplace AFTER the triple wall piping passes thru the exterior wall. The exterior siding is conc. hardi board. Can the exhaust pipe going up be ...
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How do I use this type of semi-open wood burning fireplace? Is it any good for providing heat, or is it really just decorative?

So we have a fireplace, but have never had any real intention of using it. The previous owner managed to burn several holes in the carpet and surrounding mantle, which has further convinced us that ...
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Stone backsplash over wood planks

I have a fireplace where the wall above is already decorated with wood planks I was want to do stone backsplash and I was wondering should I remove all the wood planks or can the stones sit on planks ?...
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How to safely connect a gas insert to flexible steel?

With the cold weather coming, we'd like to install a gas insert that we bought a while ago. The gas outlet that's in the fireplace in shown in the picture below. To replace this part would require ...
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How to fix a gas fireplace?

We have a gas fireplace. My dad said that the pilot wouldn't stay lit, however that would mean that it needed to be cleaned. I tried to clean it and relight it. However, every time I've tried to turn ...
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Replace fire bricks in fireplace

I have a masonry fireplace where about 8 fire bricks have fallen off of the back wall of the firebox. The fireplace was built in the late 1960's, then mostly unused for decades. I was told that the ...
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LP fireplace: My pilot and burner both shut down

My Pleasant Hearth liquid propane fireplace (it's either 20k or 30k BTUs) is only a year old. I am using a 100 lb tank attached to a copper line (with a regulator, of course). I live in Maine, so the ...
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Do I need to shut the gas off to my fireplace before replacing the wall switch?

Do I need to shut the gas off to my fireplace before I replace the wall switch?
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Fireplace combustion air vent frozen

I have a wood burning fireplace that has not been used for years (and is not planning to be used). When it gets cold outside, the interior of the house near the fireplace also gets very cold. I was ...
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Gas fireplace won't stay lit

I have a new construction home with a gas fireplace (Copreci VCS-ECOMOD) that won't stay on when lit. If I leave the pilot on, the pilot is stable and stays lit indefinitely. Once I light the ...
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Can I reduce the amount of noise created by metal shrinking after the fireplace is turned off?

I have a regular US-style gas fireplace in my home. I've bought a thermostat to ensure it doesn't run 24/7 but encountered a problem: when turned off, the metal of the fireplace starts to shrink and ...
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full size wood mantlet (5 in+) 12 inches away from the fireplace openings top? US - TX fire code

TLDR, can I have a full size wood mantlet (5 in+) 12 inches away from the fireplace openings top? I am reading the fire codes Exposed combustible mantels or trim may be placed directly on the masonry ...
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Can I remove and reframe the top horizontal studs? for a TV mount

Photos (sorry too "big" to upload here) I am working on a project to install a heavy duty robotic mantel mount. Now I have gotten the walls open I can start seeing what needs to be done. For ...
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Problem with my Mendota Seabrook Model D-30 Direct Vent Gas Insert

I have a Mendota Seabrook Model D-30 Gas Fireplace that keeps shutting off, sometimes after 1 minutes other times after 10 minutes. It has been running fine for about 9 years, but then started having ...
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