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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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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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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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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Need advice on removing fireplace gas starter pipe

I have purchased a gas log kit to convert our wood-burning fireplace to a ceramic-log/gas fireplace. The fireplace currently has the following gas starter pipe in place: Using a pipe wrench, I have ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Main burner for gas fireplace won't stay lit (pilot light is fine)

Yesterday I got our gas fireplace insert started up for the first time this season. Everything worked fine all day, but then this morning about 30 seconds after flipping the switch to turn on the main ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Gas fireplace is making a very loud popping noise about three times

We had a gas leak repair done and the gas was shut off in the entire house to check all the lines last week. Now there have been three times that our fireplace has made three very loud popping noises ...
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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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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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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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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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Framing for gas fireplace insert in existing masonry fireplace

What are the requirements for framing for a gas insert in an existing masonry fireplace? See the attached picture that shows the framed opening for the gas insert (circled in red). The insert will ...
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How to prevent wall-mounted TV above fireplace from getting hot?

The place I just moved in to has a wall-mounted TV above the fireplace. However, I'm not sure how the previous residents dealt with the fact that the bottom of the TV gets very hot. Maybe the TV (...
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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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How can I get my gas fire pit to have a larger flame or better disperse heat?

I currently have a gas (run from our house gas line) fire pit in my backyard. It is approximately 18" off the ground and the fire ring (relatively new) is 36" in diameter, filled with gravel at the ...
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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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Fireplace, identification and removal component

I am curious what the purpose is of the black metal covers above this fireplace. Looking up from below, outside of the window, they are closed. Is this purely decorative? Is there any way to remove ...
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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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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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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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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 should I prepare to plaster my brick fireplace?

I have a kind of ugly (okay, eye of the beholder) brick fireplace that takes up half my living room. I’d like to plaster over it. Or skim coat it, or stucco ... something. I just want a better finish ...
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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 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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Gas fireplace venting issue

I have a Empire CIBV-20-30 natural gas fireplace I installed in my home. It has 5.5 ft of vertical stack and 19 inches of horizontal stack going through the wall. I used the specified 4" bvent. When ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mounting a television on an older stone fireplace in a semi-remote cabin?

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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Gas Fireplace: Is mesh screen panel in front of the glass necessary?

Our 10 year old gas fireplace looks so much nicer without the wire mesh screen, just the glass front. The glass seals to the face with 4 spring loaded clamps on the corners, and rope 'caulk'. Is the ...
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Is it safe to seal a gas fireplace?

I live in an apartment which has a gas fireplace. The pilot fire is sky blue in the fireplace, but I can still smell the gas somehow. The fireplace has a glass door but it is not hermetic when the ...
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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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Brick to drywall

My home was built in 1971. There is a brick fireplace that runs up the entire wall. The mortar is cracking and breaking in chunks(about 1" thickness) where the fireplace attaches to the wall. I ...
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REMODELING 1950's home

This is a single story home with a gable roof- went in attic and do not see a BEAM over the wall in question. The wall in question is in between the kitchen and living room- also has a fireplace on ...

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