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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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Why has one of my two propane fireplaces suddenly gone completely out?

I have two open propane fire places one in my livingroom & the master bedroom right beside the livingroom. I have been using them both with out the logs in the fire place for a month or so now, ...
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Main burner in NG fireplace goes out

What could be the reason of main burner going out intermittently. The pilot stays on. The voltage of the thermopile is 638mv when burner is off. The thermostat is a manual heat only. When I short out ...
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Gas fireplace - no spark for igniter - Martin DV5500 RVN

My home is 15 years old and has a gas fireplace (Martin Industries DV5500 RVN). When I press the plunger for the igniter, no spark is produced. I do not see any tears or cuts in the wire from the ...
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Any tips for using an open hearth fireplace?

I will be taking a trip this winter and staying in a rustic basically 1 room log cabin where the main source of heat is a fireplace. Just a stone hearth and chimney. I believe it doesn't even have a ...
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Old Unitrol 7000 manual control valve

I have an old gas fireplace insert using a unitrol control valve. Can this be changed out and updated to be able to hook the unit to a thermosat. If possible im hoping this will be a much cheaper ...
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Would hot air above a fireplace distort the view of a television picture?

I’m considering purchasing a wood burning hearth fireplace stove that would extend about 21 inches in front of the fireplace. Presently there is no issue with my widescreen LCD TV when the fireplace ...
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Turning fireplace from gas to wood burning

We have a those that was originally built in 1977 and its built with brick with brick chimney and all. We believe it was originally built as a wood burning fireplace. How hard would it be to convert ...
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Need help with Lennox MPD 35RPM propane fireplace

I moved into my current home in August of 2017. I tried looking into getting this thing up and running, but got frustrated and gave up. I still haven't, and want to give it another shot. This propane ...
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Gas fireplace turning itself off

I turn the switch on the wall on to light my gas fireplace. It turns on for a short while then turns it self off. What is the problem? Thanks!
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How can I tell if this is a gas or wood burning fireplace

From what I've been able to determine what's pictured is a gas log lighter for wood burning fireplaces. The prior owner did some questionable stuff so I don't know if it was originally gas and he "...
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slight cracking in mortar between clay tile flue in fireplace

We have a fireplace that is about 40 years old. Draws well and exterior is perfect. Had it inspected and discovered slight cracks in the mortar between the clay tile lining the flu. Is there a ...
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Fixing a stuck Fireplace Damper

I recently bought a house with a gas fireplace. The house was built in 1997 in Texas. The fireplace damper is stuck open and I can't figure out how to fix it - I had a look and it doesn't appear to be ...
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How much larger than the fireplace opening should a door kit be?

I have a dilemma with sizing my gas fireplace box to fit a new glass door. The firebox is 40-in W x 23-in H Medium glass door: 30-37-Inch width of firebox opening and 22.5-32.5-Inch height of ...
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Ventless Gas Fireplace Odor After Replacing Pilot Assembly

I have a Superior VF5000 Ventless fireplace that started acting up. Initially it wouldn't light so I gently sanded down the assembly and cleaned it out which worked initially. A few weeks later it ...
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Gas Fireplace Pilot Won't Light

I have a 5 year old built-in natural gas fireplace. It has electronic spark ignition and a wall thermostat. I just tried to start it but noticed that there is no gas reaching the pilot so no flame, ...
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Fireplace goes on/off

Our fireplace turns on fine, runs for a while and then all of a sudden goes out, then sometimes comes back on. We usually turn it off when it happens. We have had a fireplace company out they replaced ...
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Is a 44" chimney too short to create a sufficient draft? [closed]

I put a wood-burning stove in a motorhome but realized that the chimney might not have enough height for an adequate draft. I've got a single double wall stove pipe going straight through the roof ...
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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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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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How can I anchor something in the gaps between the bricks or rocks of a fireplace without damaging the masonry?

I want to hang fireplace tools next to my fireplace without damaging the stone work. I don't want to drill into it. The stones have mortar between them with gaps about half an inch wide: I have ...
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Resurface uneven stone fireplace

We owned this house for about 3.5 years and really interested in refacing this fireplace. Curious, can this be done? What are my options? The stone sticks out at different angles and depths, our ...
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Convert gas wall heater to inset fireplace

This wall heater is running on gas and has an electrical control. It is actually in front of the brick vent behind This is in the attic as the vent connecting on top Obviously this wall heater is ...
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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 surrounding ...
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Does a masonry hearth need a moisture barrier between it and the plywood subfloor?

I intend to place a hearth on to the plywood floor of my mobile home. Just a basic question really. Do I need a plastic barrier between the plywood and the concrete? My worry is that it may condensate ...
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How to build a mantel on rough stone fireplace

I have a very rough stone fireplace for which I'd like to hang a new mantel. Eventually I want to hang a flat screen and the new mantel will protect it from heat and such. I have noodled this project ...
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Fire place and stove turning themselves off

A few months ago my stove starting randomly turning off. Now as of the last week or so my fire place is doing the same thing. Though my stove can sometimes take days to turn back on, my fire place ...
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Propane Gas Fireplace Roaring Sound

I've noticed a roaring sound at times after starting my gas fireplace. I assume it's gas flow making the noise. It does seem to quiet some after burning a few minutes. Could this be a regulator issue?
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How to troubleshoot gas supply not making it to some appliances

I recently purchased a home and once utilities were turned on I've been having issues with certain gas appliances. Some appliances required a normal amount of time to get the gas flowing after being ...
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Does Age of Home need to be considered when encapsulating crawl space?

I have had my crawl space encapsulated. It has made a big difference in the air quality inside the home (80 years old). However, I am now seeing cracks throughout my home in the walls closer to the ...
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How to use a gas fireplace and a furnace together?

So here's my setup: Living room has both a thermostat for the gas fireplace (dumb on/off thermostat) and a thermostat for the whole house (smart/Nest thermostat) on the wall together. Living room has ...
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Chimney flue repair before installing liner for wood burning insert

Planning on installing a wood burning insert in exsisting fireplace, the top of the flue at the chimney is spalling and was wondering if/options of repairing? the wood burning insert will use a ...
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How to light a Hearthmaster gas fireplace

I just moved into a new house I went to turn on the gas for the fireplace using the key yet I still can't light the fireplace. There's nothing showing me where to turn on the gas flow to the ...
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Is it possible to add a branch to existing fireplace blower?

My fireplace has two blowers behind grates in the brick. Fans behind these lower grates mix air with heated air from behind the firebox and kick out a serious amount of heat into the room. The heated ...
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Tiling over broken fireplace hearth

My flat is an old Glasgow tenement flat built around 1900. When I bought the place, the fireplace had been badly covered. I now want to do the fireplace up so removed the covering. I am planning to: ...
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Effects of Gas Pipe reduction from 3/4“ to 1/2”

I have a capped 3/4" pipe in a concrete slab meant to bring natural gas to an outdoor fireplace; however, I have lots of left-over 1/2" pipe & fittings from another project. Yeah, I might be "...
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Turn brick fireplace to inset fireplace

My brick fireplace is ugly and I want to make it inset contemporary I know I could remove the hearth but can I remove the front area of the fireplace? Basically remove 1-2 bricks to make it flush ...
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Is it normal or necessary to line gas fireplace cavities with drywall?

Some drywall and framing was demolished around my gas fireplace during a drain tile installation. It looks like the framing/walls around the fireplace are built on 2x4's with fire resistant drywall on ...
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Tile uneven fireplace hearth concrete

I remodel my fireplace and the hearth was poured concrete over: I plan to install tiles over the 3 sides However the surface is not even and not 90 degree You can see the bumps from previous ...
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Chimenea/Outdoor Fireplace Crack Repair Mortar-type

I was trying to repair a cracked chiminea ( outdoor fireplace). I have "Quikkrete" quick-setting cement. I was wondering if this would be okay to use to patch and seal the cracks and hold against high ...
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Should I use Fire Bricks in Wood Stove

I recently bought a new place with a wood stove which needs the Fire Bricks replaced. I have read they reduce heat generation in the room and might not be needed. (More efficient without but possibly ...
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Should the flue always be open in a gas fireplace?

I have a victorian fireplace with a modern gas fire installed. The fire place has a hatch at the top to open/close the chimney, which the fitters have connected to a wire to force it to be fully open ...
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Patio natural gas fireplace with 1/2" pipe

I am looking into building a patio with a fireplace. I'd like the fireplace to run off of my home's natural gas. When I built the house they ran a natural gas line from the furnace to a place that we ...
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Is the concrete in my fireplace firebox ‘glazed’ or is it basically the same all the way through?

I am removing a couple coats of paint from a wood burning fireplace insert. One of the colors was pink (1)! I’m using a dustless sander, but I’m worried that I might damage the surface of the firebox. ...
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TV cables getting stuck in conduit after mounting TV on fireplace

We are first time home owners and trying to learn basic things. We mounted our TV ourselves yesterday. I'm now trying to hide the wires. There is already a rugged conduit (something like this) behind ...
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Can I keep my propane tank valve open?

I just bought a new Portable Fireplace and it can contain the propane tank inside it. I also bought some firestones to put in the fire area. The only problem with this is that if I want to turn on/off ...
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Thermopile reading very low in my gas fireplace

My gas fireplace failed to light this year, although the pilot was fine. I put my multimeter on the terminals and got about 150 mV. This was obviously too low, so I cleaned it and got maybe 160. So I ...
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Are gas lines installed above fireplaces?

I am trying to install a TV above my fireplace (I know) and I hit something that looks like a metal pipe and I'm worried it's a gas pipe. Logically I assume no one would ever install a gas line above ...
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Lighting fireplace pilot

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 ignitor every second Nothing ...
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How can I convert a ventless propane fireplace to natural gas?

I just bought a property and it has a passthrough, ventless fireplace that runs on propane. I've not hooked up propane to the house, and the natural gas company says they'll hook me up for free. ...
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Can I install porcelain tile without grout joints on a fireplace?

I understand the need of grout lines and I did have grout lines for bathroom and kitchen project. But as a DIY with request from the spouse (who hates seeing the grout lines), we plan to cover the ...