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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Gas fireplace works if I tap on it

I have an Arrow DM10 stand-alone gas fireplace that was built in 1993. It has a working pilot and a new thermopile. It will not light on its own. After replacing the thermopile with no result, I ...
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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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Mount TV in stone facade or drill through to chimney block?

I'm mounting a television above my fireplace mantle. I know about the heat and neck strain issues, and they are outside the scope of this question. I am looking for an answer as to whether the stone ...
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How can I extract more heat from my enclosed wood stove?

I recently moved into a house that has a working wood burner/multi fuel. It's the first time I've had a wood burner/stove/multi fuel and I'm unsure how to use it efficiently. It's unlike conventional ...
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Does double brick chimney need liner for vented gas logs?

We have a 100-year-old house with a double brick chimney, meaning there's an inner and an outer brick wall. The inner wall is reportedly in not-great, somewhat deteriorated shape. There is no clay ...
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Best way to close gap around a fire place?

Along my fire place I have pretty good gaps that allows a lot of draft into he house during winter. I was thinking of just using foam backer rods and then caulking over that to seal the gaps nicely. I ...
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should I have safety concern of this rusty fireplace gas burner?

I have no knowledge about how this gas burner works. I guess if the valve under the subfloor in the crawlspace is not rusty, then it should be OK, right? Should I have any gas leak concerns? It seems ...
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Can cracks in a wood-burning fireplace be repaired with a concrete product?

Upon inspection, minor cracks were found on the floor & back of wood burning fireplace. Can't these cracks be filled with some type of concrete repair kit? If so, what is recommended for the ...
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Gas fireplace - moved a lever and it shut off the fireplace

We had recently bought a house and turned on the gas fireplace. I thought we might need to open a flue so I looked in the fireplace and saw a lever on the top. I moved it to the left and the ...
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Structure for mounting TV above fireplace

Soon, we'll be gutting and redesigning our fireplace surround, similar to this picture. Which way would be best for mounting a tv? Tile the whole wall top to bottom, drill through the tile into the ...
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What can be done about this fireplace

This looks terrible! I want a fireplace but this just looks wrong to me. It goes all the way to the ceiling which is 2 stories. Can it be removed leaving just the fireplace and mantle? Does anyone ...
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How do I figure out the size of nuts and bolt in this picture?

I can't see any markings on the nut(?). I just need to find the diameter and thread pitch so I can replace my fire place log set.
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How to find the right thermostat for my gas fireplace?

I have a Superior SSDVR3530CNM gas fireplace, which I'm trying to find a proper thermostat for. The manual recommends this one: However, it doesn't seem like they are sold anymore. (Or I'm not ...
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Gas fireplace won't run/turns off when fan switch is in the ON position

So I have a gas fireplace that originally didn't have a fan installed. And this issue occurs whether or not the fan is connected or not. The issue is that whenever the fan switch is placed in the on ...
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Causes for fireplace insert not heating house

I am trying to understand what options I have. It doesn't feel like the fireplace insert in my house is doing much good. My theories are that it is a POS or too small for the space. The house is ...
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I drilled a hole in the fireplace flue

I was trying to hang a shelf on the wall in my living room and was drilling holes to plug fishers in it. Accidentally I found myself drilling into part of the flue of the fireplace (people living in ...
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Removed Outer Brick on an Old Fireplace. Need Advice on how to re-finish

So, long story short... Wife and I were fixing some damaged walls around the fireplace and noticed the brick at the top starting to come loose, we wanted to update the fireplace anyways and decided ...
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Resurface Fireplace - Apply mortar?

I've taking an extra layer of bricks from the front of my fireplace. I want to replace the fronting with marble. The original surface is really rough. My question is should I apply a mortar to smooth ...
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fireplace door and stone veneer over brick fireplace

Do you install fireplace door before laying stone veneer or after the fact? Suppose you do it "BEFORE", then the installation is clear, you just screw that metal frame to the bricks from inside. Here ...
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How to cap and remove fireplace gas pipe?

We recently took out an outdated gas insert and looking to have a simple decorative firebox. As a temporary measure I put a metal screw cap with some yellow Teflon tape on the gas pipe in the firebox....
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Is biofuel safe for this indoor fireplace with an open flame?

Having purchased a home without a fireplace, I've been searching for non-vented alternatives, like electric heating units that emulate the look of a wood stove. I came across this interesting looking ...
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Gas logs / how open does flue need to be opened

Either vented or non vetoed gas longs. How open does the flue have to be open. I lose a lot of heat the way it is set now Flue is set to wide open. Can I ajust the stop on handle to close it to @ 2 to ...
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Why can't I get gas to our gas fire place?

Okay so my boyfriend and I are trying to light our gas fire place... we turned on the gas that t's off from the line in the basement which goes out to the main line which goes to a meter. The main ...
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Fireplace sealing to avoid “false chimney”

I'm building a new fireplace with a 2cm granite surround (around the firebox opening). This leaves (by design) a 1/2" gap between the back of the granite and the face of the firebox & smoke dome (...
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Giant magnetic something behind drywall/fireplace

I'm trying to mount a flatscreen TV above our fireplace that was converted by a previous owner (from wood?) to direct vent. During the process of finding the studs, I noticed that magnets stick the ...
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Propane gas fireplace pilot won't light

I've asked this question before. Now I've posted some pictures as I can't figure out where I should clean. I don't smell propane. I tired lighting manually with a lighter and nothing. I know to turn ...
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Home automation connection for gas fireplace

What, specifically, is needed to bring home automation (HomeKit) to a remote electronic ignition system with inputs for just this type of behavior but no instructions on how to do so? Whatever the ...
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Natural Gas Ventless Fireplace fittings in a fire pit and switch it to LP

I have an old Natural Gas ventless fireplace that I never used. I now want to build a fire pit and am wondering if I could take the working parts out of the fireplace unit and use those for fire pit. ...
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gas fireplace pilot will not light [duplicate]

My gas fireplace pilot will not light. It worked fine a few months ago until I shut if off. My lighter has a knob which I turn towards pilot and hold pushed while I push the igniter button. a few ...
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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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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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Sealing inside fireplace

I gave an old home and the fireplace on the outside shows cracks and shifted brick. I tried to use the fireplace and it was fine but eventually smokes started coming in the house. I know there are ...
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Changing a gas fire place back into a wood fire place

The house I am in has a fireplace that was originally wood burning, then turned into a gas fire place. What would be required to change it back?
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Best material to seal fireplace door gaps for irregular stone fireplace?

I have a stone fireplace and just installed a new door. But there's gaps because the stone is irregular. I tried using fireplace cement from the inside but it's hard to get in there and keeps falling ...
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Repair / Replace Gas Lighter and Logs

I had a fireplace inspection performed on a house that I'm buying. It's a "Cal-Mex" prefabricated gas only fireplace. The fireplace inspector said that the fireplace is missing parts and is beyond ...
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TV mount above fireplace? HELP [duplicate]

I am moving into my first home and am wanting to mount my 43" flat screen tv above the fireplace. There are multiple outlets surrounding the fireplace, however there is not one above it. What are some ...
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How hot is too hot above fireplace

I recently bought a house with a zero clearance fireplace, and had a metal/glass door installed on the front. I suspect the metal door is touching the tiles on the wall above and transferring a lot of ...
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Is my chimney safe if it has ash on the walls of it?

I've read a bit about tarry, shiny creosote, and I don't have that. What I have is a thin coating of soot and some flaky pieces here and there. Is this something I should worry about, or just start ...
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Remote Switch wiring for a gas log fire place

I have a remote switch outside my gas log fireplace to turn the fireplace burner on and off. I've been having problems with the standard thermostat wiring that was supplied with my remote switch. The ...
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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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Rotted Sheathing Above Fireplace

TL;DR - Is it possible to replace the rotted sheathing from the inside behind the brick fireplace and behind the header above the mantle So, my wife and I purchase a house about a month an a half ago ...
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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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Electrical for built-ins and fireplace insert

We're remodeling our fireplace, to include installing built-in cabinets and shelves on either side of the fireplace, changing the fireplace surround, mantel, and hearth. We're like to run electrical ...
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Mendota FV44i LP Gas fireplace insert won't stay on, it cycles off after awhile, then on

I have it set on standing pilot, which stays lit. The unit is only 2 years old and was working fine a few weeks ago. Temperature outside is above 50 degrees, and our main gas hot air heat is working ...
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1923 house with wood fireplace converted to gas problem

Our house was built in 1923. Prior owners converted from wood burning to gas. We went to remodel the tile's around the fireplace and found a problem. The original opening was much larger and not ...
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Options for restoring or otherwise utilizing old chimney

My home (in East Texas, built in 1885, two stories, pier and beam) has two chimneys, one of which I would like to reopen. Apart from information gleaned online, I have no experience with chimneys or ...
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How can I force hot air through this fireplace grate?

Ok, here's the front of my fireplace (note the grates on the top and bottom): Here's the model tag: This fireplace came with the house and I know almost nothing about it except that the chimney was ...
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What kind of expertise is required to install a gas fireplace log?

I already have a gas igniter for my fireplace and want to replace it with a gas log. While we do that, I'd like to also upgrade to whatever the latest safety features are for gas fireplaces. First, ...
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Pellet Stove Ventilation

I have an Englander PDVC pellet stove that came with my house when I bought it in the spring. Never used it. Currently its vented through the wall and comes straight through the exterior of the ...
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How can I remove a “log lighter” pipe from my fireplace?

My fireplace has a log lighter: What is the easy way to remove it? Can I use WD-40 to loosen the connector?