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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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 ...
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How are fireplaces and inserts different? [closed]

How are fireplaces and inserts different? Is also used to convert a wood fireplace into a gas fireplace?
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Is LP gas trapped between the shutoff valve and the pipe end cap potentially dangerous?

I am renovating my fireplace that was original to the home built in 2007. It was not to our liking, so I am doing a resizing to make it fit better in the room. In doing this I needed to change the ...
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What type of backer board do I need to use to attach a stone veneer around a fireplace?

I want to put up a stone veneer surround, around a gas fireplace we're going to install. I've seen everything from using 1/2" plywood and a metal lath, to putting the tiles directly on drywall. I ...
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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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How would insulate/fill this large enclosed area behind my gas fireplace

I’m currently remolding most of my bathroom because I found some black mold behind a shower tile and then there just kept being moisture the more I uncovered. After opening the wall behind my ...
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Repair fallen stone above fireplace

I have a stone arch stuck to the wall above my wood burning stove. One of the stones has fallen off and I’m not sure how to repair it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The stone that fell ...
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Placing stone over metal fireplace face. Is this possible?

let me start by saying I have seen mixed answers all over the web (and from professionals whom I have spoke to). At this point I wanted to hear thoughts from folks online. As seen in my picture I am ...
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Brick chimney with no smoke chamber: is there some type of metal insert that would work instead of rebuilding inside of chimney?

Recently I bought a house that had a ventless gas log insert in the hearth, but had obviously been used as a wood burning fireplace previously, showing lots of charring. A chimney inspection revealed ...
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Gas Fireplace Pilot Light Line Replacement

I'm replacing the pilot light assembly on a gas fireplace after removing the old line from the valve, there's no indication any thread sealant was used on the original installation. Is there any ...
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Millivolt fireplace turns on by the thermostat but will not shutoff

I inherited a freestanding direct vent fireplace and I'm trying to get it to work with a thermostat. It functions fine using the ON/OFF/PILOT switch but will not work with a thermostat. It is a SIT ...
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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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turn on furnace blower with temp sensor

I have a wood stove in my finished basement. I am looking for a way to turn on the blower fan of my furnace once the temperature in the basement reaches a certain setting like 75 degrees, that is ...
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Monessen DEB20 fireplace will not stay lit

I have a Monessen DEB20 ventless, natural gas, millivolt, remote control fireplace. The remote control recently quit working. I replaced the remote and the remote receiver to no avail. The flame also ...
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How do I cut a brick fireplace hearth to allow for a laminate flooring expansion gap?

I am attempting to cut a small piece out of the brick fireplace (already in place) to allow for the expansion of the floating laminate flooring that I am installing. I don’t want to just leave the ...
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gas fireplace will not shut off with wall switch

Fireplace has a remote switch. The switch is good. The fireplace stays on with switch in off position.The switch can be unplugged and still fireplace will stay on. Is the gas valve just stuck open?
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Converting a vintage sears gas fireplace to use

I was gifted a vintage cone shaped orange gas fireplace and I am trying to see how I can use it that would be to code. My contractor drew a pipe to it for propane gas but the gas technicians said they ...
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Monessen gas logs go out and pilot goes out after lit

The thermopile on my monessen gas logs wouldn't stay lit so I replaced it and now the pilot stays lit but now the unit shuts down unless I remove the front ceramic log. there must be a heat or ...
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Why do the flames in my fireplace turn off and on constantly?

Does anybody know what would cause a gas fireplace to produce the behavior shown in the video? The flames keep turning off and on constantly. Video
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How to fix this tile job?

We had a contractor come in and tile our fireplace. The front (where the eye goes immediately) is not flush with the rest and creates a visible line that is driving us crazy. Is there anything we can ...
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stand alone gas fireplace won't come on via thermostat

system: - stand alone direct vent gas fireplace (stove) - 2 wire system - pilot light - thermostat controlled the thermostat stopped turning on the fireplace. the fireplace starts and runs fine ...
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Why do the flames in my ventless fireplace go out when I turn on the blower?

I have a ventless gas fireplace. It starts fine but when I turn on the blower motor on Manual the flames go out after a few minutes (but not the pilot light). If I put the blower motor on auto the ...
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Do gas fireplaces need chimney cleaning?

Is it necessary to have the chimney cleaned by chimney sweeping service if I use a gas imitation fireplace log (no wood) exclusively? If so, what is the reason? What is the root cause for chimneys ...
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Will a make up air vent cause an issue in the winter?

I recently installed a gas range and I will soon be installing a 300cfm range hood. Since I primarily burn wood in the winter for heat and I don't want any back-drafting issues, I am planning on ...
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Direct vent fireplace question— log set options

1st let me say any help us very appreciated as I am completely lost on the subject. I have a direct vent gas fireplace (vented directly out the 1st floor wall). When I purchased my home (5 years now)...
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Indoor vs outdoor fire safety training for kids

I want to train my two sons on how to use a fire extinguisher. It's pretty wet this time of year in the northwest, so I was considering making a fire in our fireplace inside, and having them take ...
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Fasten mantel to bad wall

I've just had a fireplace rebuilt for a new log burner and now have an issue installing a floating mantel on the wall. I've just drilled the first hole to fit the studs (onto which the mantel will ...
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Gas Fireplace Turns off after heating up

I have a propane ventless gas log. It's a Rasmussen Chillbuster C1B. It has worked fine for 15 years. Now when I turn it on it burns for about 15 minutes and then cuts off. The pilot is still light ...
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Gas Fireplace with inconsistent ignition and maintenance of flame

New to gas fireplaces. I have a 3yo Heat& Glo Everest vented gas fireplace with handheld starter. Have always had trouble getting it to ignite but once it ignited in the past, the flame held for ...
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Any issues drilling into the exterior surface of a slate covered chimney

I have just bought a nest security camera and the perfect vantage point for mounting happens to be the front facing surface of the chimney which provides a good view of the entire front of the house, ...
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Understanding fireplace junction box outlets

I want to setup my gas fireplace for home automation, roughly following a guide like this or this. I'm planning to use GoControl Z-Wave Isolated Contact Fixture Module - FS20Z-1 or the FortrezZ ...
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Converting gas fireplace to wood burning

Does anyone know how you can tell if a gas fireplace is an insert? I recently bought a new house and my realtor told me the fireplace used to be wood burning and the previous owner put in a gas insert....
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Can I convert a gas log fireplace to wood burning?

My house currently has a gas fireplace with (as far as I can tell) a metal firebox and a metal flue running up a non-masonry chimney. Are there any options available to me to convert this fireplace to ...
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Can a Smart light switch be used for a Gas fireplace insert?

I have a gas fireplace that the on/off function is controlled by a light switch. The switch is connected to two wires only, a black and white wire. There is no ground wire. Can a smart switch be used ...
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Best Way to Heat a Ductless Multi-Level Home

I just bought a home and it desperately needs an update to its heating. It currently has baseboard electric resistance heaters in every room. There is no duct-work in the house. We're in cold humid ...
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Direct Vent natural gas fireplace has shut off 3 times by itself

I have a fairly new fireplace, we have used it a lot this season. 3 times the fireplace shut itself off. The fireplace would beep every few seconds. Hitting the off button on the remote - nothing. ...
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What are the holes in this brick fireplace?

Does anyone know why there are two holes in this fireplace box? I had to muck with the picture to make them visible...they are circled in red.
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Can a wifi thermostat to control milivolt operated fireplace?

Have a propane gas fireplace, controlled by a hand held remote control thermostat. Wish to install a wall mounted wifi controlled thermostat, heat only. Seems that all available thermostats operate ...
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Gas fireplace partially lighting

When I'm lighting my gas fireplace, there are two rows of flames that typically ignite... An upper and lower part. The upper always lights first followed by the bottom. Lately the lower part has not ...
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What is this knob for on my fireplace?

I have the pictured "knob" beside my gas fireplace. Can anybody tell me what its purpose is? I also have an on/off switch beside the fireplace. I'm guessing this is for the gas. Is there any harm in ...