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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Use wood stove in fireplae until the pipe is hooked up and chimney lined

We just bought a wood stove and won't have the chimney lined for a couple of weeks, can we still use the wood stove and expect the existing brick fireplace and flu to be able to exhaust the wood stove ...
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What could cause a gas fireplace to stop working during operation?

The other day we had our gas fireplace on for over an hour. Once the logs get cranked up, we switch on the fan. The fan along with the flaming logs were burning steady for over an hour. Then out of ...
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Looking to identify this material around the fireplace in my house

I’m debating between painting the outside of my fireplace vs tiling it but I’m not sure what this material is so I’m hoping you all can help me. At first glance I thought it was tile but when I ...
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Can we mount a TV over a fireplace with the chimney directly behind it?

We have a home built in the 1950's and I'm assuming the chimney/fireplace is original. We'd like to mount our 50" TV over the fireplace. Directly over the mantle is a wall, but we believe that ...
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What is the best way to add new stud framing above fireplace and tie it into existing framing?

I've purchased a 55" TV and a pull-down mount to put over my fireplace so I can pull the TV down when in use and guests won't have to crane their necks. This is the overall layout of my fireplace and ...
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How to reattach brick to the top of a fireplace

I have a custom-made outdoor fireplace where the sides and top are lined with firebrick. One of the bricks on the "ceiling" has come out, and I'd like to just reattach it somehow. The ceiling if flat ...
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What to use to fill a gap where the metal face of the wood burning fireplace meets?

What should I use to fill a gap where the metal face of the wood burning fireplace meets the other metal below the brick? There is a 3/8" gap. It's too big to just use fire safe caulk. I would like to ...
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Hanging a TV above a wood stove?

I'm looking at hanging a TV above a wood stove for my family. There is a heat pipe that comes out of the top of the stove and into the wall. We would like to eliminate using a shelf but if it is ...
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How to check issue with gas fireplace?

I have a gas fireplace, which I have not used in over 3 years. It starts with an on/off switch on the wall. When I turn it ON, nothing happens. I am kind of scared of trying anything with this as it ...
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How to finish/trim prefab fireplace

We demoed a 70's stone fireplace and re-framed where we had a lot of rot. I'm planning to buy or build a surround/mantle and incorporate some stone or tile in the end. I'm wondering what the next ...
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fireplace is a bit rusty - is it safe to use?

The back wall seems to still be solid, though I can't take it apart to check for sure. I don't have a sense for what this means - how essential is the inner wall? Seemingly it was never meant to ...
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Ensure smooth drywall surface around stone mantel

I have a follow-up question from this Frame drywall around brick fireplace regarding the "best method" to ensure smooth drywall surface on top and both sides of mantel. Basically I have a very "rough"...
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Is it safe to use a log burning stove in an old fireplace?

I'm renting a property which has a wood burning stove. Recently I've been investigating ways to make my house warmer (secondary glazing on sash windows etc) and started to wonder how much air could be ...
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How should I modify a coal-burning fireplace to burn logs?

I have original Victorian cast-iron fireplaces in my house, in working order (chimneys swept, etc). However they were formerly used with coal grates (16 and 18") and I want to burn wood for reasons of ...
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How to operate gas starter fireplace?

I recently bought a house and have no idea anything about fireplaces. I would love to use my fireplace but I want to make sure I know what I am doing. I understand this is wood type fireplace and the ...
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How can I prevent my house from smelling of smoke after having a fire in my fireplace?

We have a wood-burning fireplace in our family room. Fifteen feet from the fireplace is a large cold air return. When the fireplace is stoked, nice and cozy, everything is fantastic. When I shut it ...
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Why won't my gas logs light?

I have some Marco 792775 gas logs, from the mid to late 90s. They haven't been used in 20 years. I don't have the manual, and I haven't been able to find it online. Seems the company went out of ...
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Use metal studs to frame for drywall around brick fireplace

This is my fireplace stripped to bare minimum and I asked a question on how to cover with drywall in this Frame drywall around brick fireplace However, after I bought a metal stud and tested to ...
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Protect electrical wiring between drywall and brick fireplace

Following the question at Frame drywall around brick fireplace I would like to figure out how to protect the electrical wiring and other wirings (HDMI) from the top down in middle of the fireplace as ...
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Frame drywall around brick fireplace

Below is my fireplace with the old stones removed. Now it's "bare bone" and up to me to redesign it. I am planning to put drywall on top and mantel on the bottom with tiles around like this But then ...
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Fireplace sensor that is not a thermocouple or a thermopile

My MB42 fireplace with digital fireplace burner control (SIT Proflame) will not stay on after starting. It shuts off many times, and only on a 6th try or so, will stay on. The controller has a single ...
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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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Can a gas fireplace insert heat an entire house?

I have a single-story 1400 sq/ft house (4 bedroom). Here's a VERY rough sketch of the layout: The house has blown-in insulation on the exterior walls but no insulation on the interior walls. ...
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why does my gas fireplace pilot light go out after the flame on the logs reaches desired temperature

why does my gas fireplace pilot light go out after the flame on the logs reaches desired temperature and turns off?pilot lights OK and has a steady blue flame but each time the logs light then turns ...
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Digital Switch for Gas Fireplace

I have a Lennox MPD3530CNM-B fireplace. It is controlled by a standard toggle switch on the wall. I can turn on and off the fireplace even when there is no power. It looks like my fireplace uses a ...
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Fireplace cleaning (UK 1930s Terraced House)

We are looking for guidance on how to clean/restore an original 1930s (UK) fireplace (photoed below). We are not sure what metal it is, but assume it is cast iron.
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Wiring between chimeny and brick facade

Mounting a tv on a brick wood fireplace. Been debating a few options regarding wiring. The room has a brick facade (hearth, mantel, and up to the ceiling). Removing a brick from that, I noticed ...
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Brick fireplace - pulling away from wall

I have a brick fireplace that is 8 feet wide by 39.5 inches tall. The brick is pulling away from the wall. Attached pictures show what is happening. I can see the brick was attached to the ...
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What wall material can be installed behind a standing stove?

There used to be wood paneling behind the standing stove but the old owners at some point removed it in lieu of the distaster you see in the picture. Is there something that I can put that will blend ...
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How to make stone fireplace look better, darker and shinier? [closed]

My fireplace looks somewhat dull and cement-y. I would love to hear more suggestions to make the stones look better. I am thinking about putting some clear coat to make it darker and shinier. Is that ...
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How to install fireplace mantel on stone fireplace

This is the stone fireplace in our house: The rocks are quite big and the surface is very uneven. We want to install this stone fireplace surround: I have several questions: I assume I have to cut ...
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Prep for painting an old, interior, coquina rock fireplace wall?

I have an INTERIOR coquina rock fireplace wall that I hate, hate, hate. Background information: Coquina rock is a very porous rock made of lots of little seashells compressed together and is found in ...
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Required protection for copper gas line passing through metal opening in fireplace casing (Alberta, Canada)

Background context: As executor, I'm in the process of selling my late father's house. I have an offer pending; following the home inspection, the prospective buyers have submitted a list of ...
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Can I install a garden chiminea in a wooden shed?

I want to install my iron garden chiminea into my wooden shed. Is this a really bad idea? If it's not, how should I go about installing a chimney flue?
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Where to get a fireplace door retaining clip

I have glass doors on my wood burning fireplace. The doors don't want to stay fully closed and I think the reason why is that the clips that hold them in have deteriorated over the years. I've looked ...
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Can I use Quikrete FastSet Repair Mortar to replace the mortar between stones in a fireplace hearth support?

My brick fireplace hearth is supported by large stones sticking out perpendicularly to my foundation wall in the basement. It forms a kind of shelf on top of which the hearth was laid. The stones ...
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Fireplace main burner not lighting . .. .pilot is fine

I have a very similar problem with my Napoleon HD40 fireplace to what another user had posted on. My fireplace is using a Dexen 6K module and 6003 3v valve. The pilot ignites fine using the wall ...
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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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What's the purpose of a wire from stud to outside?

On a couple of my studs there is a small gauge wire that seems to go through the outside wall to the outdoors (into the flue cavity) as shown in the picture. What is its purpose? This is on the wall ...
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What should be done before using a fireplace that has not been used in decades?

We are moving into a house with a fire-place. The current tenants (friends of ours), have been living there just short of 2 decades, and have never used it once. The house is about 90 years old, so it ...
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Cost effectiveness of fireplace with insert vs electric furnace

Now that winter is here I have been using my fireplace (that has an insert) more and more instead of my furnace that has a electric heater. I was wondering which method of heating would be the most ...
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How do I add a quiet blower or fan to a gas fireplace?

I have beautiful fireplace in my family room. It is gas rather than wood burning, and it vents straight outside. Due to the nature of how it is vented, I don't really get much heat from it, and I ...
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Gas fireplace, “log” placement, and flame flare up

I recently bought a house that has a gas fireplace. It seems to work well (although the fan is too loud to actually use—perhaps a future DIY question!), but to the right there’s a large flame that isn’...
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How can I remove a fireplace insert without damaging the surrounding wall?

I have a fireplace (factory-built) that requires replacement. It is in an interial wall in the house. How do I detach the flue, detach the gas line and remove the existing fireplace? Is it possible to ...
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Ignis magnum biofuel fireplace

Hi I recently installed this wall mount ignis magnum fireplace. The wallboard gets too hot to touch behind it. I was wondering if 1) heat paint behind would help 2) putting stainless steel sheet ...
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How to build a fireplace using an existing chimney?

I am moving into a house that has an existing working chimney and holes cut into the walls in the living room and kitchen for the pipe for a wood stove. I know the chimney is good because I just ...
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Do Wood Stove/Fireplace Inserts come in 'direct vent' configurations?

It appears that gas fireplace inserts are common in a direct vent configuration (where combustion air is brought in from the outside). Are there wood burning fireplaces that are direct vent? I'm not ...
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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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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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Incredible Night Wave Light System [closed]

I want to buy or make a nice night random-waves light projector at home. The idea is from the movie "Blade Runner 2049": I searched on sale, but I did not find anything like this. There are many more ...