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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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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Fireplace Xtrordinair

I have installed a Fireplace Xtrordinair with glass door, blowers, and heat dispersion accessory. With glass door on and blowers off fireplace lights and self-extinguishes in minutes. With glass door ...
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How can I DIY this fireplace refurbishing project?

My fireplace box is 21" x 29", 8" deep. This is what it looks like now: The previous owners bolted a sheet of metal to it and stuck a heater in front. I pulled out the heater after ...
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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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Tv will be off center if mounting to studs

I’m trying to mount my Samsung Frame above our fireplace. The placement of the studs makes it so the tv would be about 1 1/4 inch off center if I hang it with the included mount anchored into a stud ...
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Does a fireplace with switch on wall need to have the pilot on constantly

Our gas fireplace has a switch on the wall as well as a gas control valve that needs an external key. We had not used the fireplace in 5 years and called a plumber to get it to light. He put valve ...
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Why does the flame in my gas fireplace go out after closing the door?

I have a gas fireplace model Archgard Optima 45. Pilot works great and stays on when doors are open or closed. Main burner comes on great when door is open. soon as the door is closed the flame starts ...
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Gas fireplace not lighting

I have a gas fireplace which worked when we bought the house, but after turning off the fireplace for just over 4 years, it does not want to turn back on (the igniter does not glow). From what ...
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How can I remove adhesive/glue from bricks?

My wife and I bought our home 2 years ago and we recently had water damage in our basement. After getting a sump pump and drain installed, we decided to redo the basement which includes a fireplace. ...
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Is there any reason not to use the trap door ash receptacle in my fireplace?

I never used this trap door. Presumably, it's to dispose of ash on a regular basis. Is there any particular reason that using this is a bad idea? There's a door/ access panel in the basement to clean ...
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Stone veneer fireplace with TV mount and mantle

I'm currently attempting to create a "stone" accent wall where I plan on installing a fireplace mantel and TV mount. I purchased and hung cement board to my frame and came across a few ...
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How to determine if my gas fireplace can burn wood safely?

I would like to know if my gas fireplace can burn wood within it safely. It is built into the wall, made of stone, and does not have any metal within it (apart from the pipe leading gas into the ...
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Gas fireplace pilot light goes out when fire turns off

I have a Heat and Glo propane fireplace with a constant pilot light. I had to clean the orifice etc. and have a nice blue flame on the thermopile and thermocouple. When the fire turns itself off with ...
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Gas Fireplace Pilot won’t stay lit

I was trying to light my pilot and was having difficulty. The steps I followed. Turn on gas Turned pilot button from "off" to "pilot" Pushed in pilot button Pushed igniter Pilot ...
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Gas Fireplace - Starter or Gas Log?

I bought a foreclosure and we are trying to figure out if we have a log burning fireplace or not. On the right hand side of the fireplace we a turn valve with the key. If you turn key, you get gas ...
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fireplace gas pipe coming from the floor of the box

I have a fireplace t bar coming up through the bottom of my fireplace, I am trying to install a gas log however they are telling me this pipe needs to come through the side wall, is this possible? ...
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How do I convert my fireplace switch into a thermostat switch?

I have a fireplace that's controlled by a regular on/off switch. How can I convert it into a thermostat switch so that the fireplace shuts off automatically whenever the room gets warm enough? If it ...
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Can I use construction adhesive on these fake rocks?

Our fireplace has fake rocks made of some kind of foam and mortar. We are installing a mantle, and want to use construction adhesive and bolts to anchor it. What are the “rocks” made of? Will the ...
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Why does Pilot Lite go off when I turn switch to on

This is a fireplace that I have used for several years.
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Mortar missing from bricks on bottom of fireplace. Is this an issue?

I was cleaning out my fireplace and noticed some mortar has disappeared on the bottom of the fireplace. Is this a concern at all?
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My fireplace works great till I put the ceramic logs in, then it shuts off including the pilot

My propane fireplace was shutting off after a few minutes, including the pilot light. I took all the logs out. The pilot stayed on. I lit it and it stayed on. I put the logs back in and it won't ...
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Propane tank sizes peddled by various local providers

At my house, the previous owner was a huge fan of propane. I've got gas lines running to the main floor fireplace, a basement fireplace, kitchen and the deck. All I ever use and have hooked up is the ...
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Insulation exposed behind face of my fireplace

I recently had my house inspected and this was identified. I don't know if the previous owners used this fireplace regularly but it looks like the insulation between the face of the fireplace is ...
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Size of Mantel Needed to Protect a TV

I am remodeling my fireplace, installing a vented gas fireplace unit. I will hang a TV above the fireplace and use a stone mantel to deflect the heat from the fireplace away from the TV. The mantel ...
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Fireplace mortar cracks

I have a large crack where the fireplace hearth meets the chimney. I’m curious if this is a foundational problem, and if it needs to be repaired by a pro, or if I should just use a sealant repair ...
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Can landscape adhesive be used for a masonry fire pit?

I'm building a fire pit...Just like in this video. At 1:40 he is using an adhesive (looks like versa-lok concrete adhesive). I didn't think it was needed, but I like the idea. I thought video would ...
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Can I unseal a non-working fireplace that shares the same chimney but not the same flu as my working buck stove?

I recently moved into my home built in 1967. I have 2 non-working fireplaces, one which is gas and not connected and one which is sealed, and one "working" buck stove. All are very clean! I ...
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What's behind the wall above fireplace

What can I expect to find if I open up the wall above the fireplace (behind the T.V.)? Brick, wood studs, etc.. This is an exterior wall. Thanks
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Stripping paint from old fireplace last step - any advice to achieve clean finish?

As you can tell from the photos below, there is still yet some paint residue, like a foggy layer on top of the brick. We're not sure what the best way to get this off or if this is about as good as ...
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Chimney with adjacent brick shafts into attic

I have dual fireplaces back-to-back on either side of a wall. They are separate fireplaces; there is clearly a solid barrier at the back of each fireplace. They and the whole chimney are brick. We ...
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Laminate floor against fireplace brick

We are installing a laminate floor in our family room and have precisely the same problem as described in this question. The brick is not even close to flat where it meets the floor, leading to ugly ...
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Safely drilling into a stone fireplace?

I have a stone fireplace in a cabin that I'd like to mount a television screen on. While I’d love to pay someone a reasonable fee to do so, the cabin is in a location where contractors are few and far ...

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