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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Placed Fire Place Insert Wood Stove into Fire Place; how to minimize heat loss through former chimney damper opening?

The chimney damper for our fireplace is the standard dimensions of 24" x 5.5". I removed the metal damper when I bought the fire place insert wood stove so there is just the damper opening with said ...
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Propane fireplace lights up, but turns off after 5-20 minutes

I have an Insta-Flame HE 20 propane fireplace. It's probably 25 years old. No thermostat that I know of. The pilot light is lit no problem. I turn it on and it lights up good, but it always turns ...
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Stone surround repair advice

We have a stone surround to our fireplace. I have noticed stone/cement dust often around it. about a week ago this stone came loose when my son hit it with a toy car. I have now noticed at least one ...
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Adhesive for indoor fireplace veneer

Ledgestone veneer 1 1/2 to 2 inch stone was added around a gas fireplace. This installed directly on hardy backer board with Licote proline Premium adhesive. My question is there ANY chance that the ...
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LP gas logs main burner issue

The pilot is lit but when the main burner ignites it immediately goes out. It had been working fine all season and just developed this issue. Is there a thermocouple or thermopile sensor to keep the ...
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Putting a WiFi thermostat on a Milli volt system control of a fireplace.

I under stand that it can be done using a transformer and a relay along with a WiFi thermostat. I want to keep the present Milli volt thermostat functioning in case I loose electrical power and I ...
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Gas fireplace is connected to the thermostat. Is there a way to disconnect?

New home has a gas fireplace that that we believe is connected to our thermostat. The fire will turn on/off continuously. Is there a way to disconnect it so we can just have the fireplace ON ...
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What materials are fake coals for gas fireplaces made of?

My new gas fireplace looks remarkably realistic! I'm curious what the "glowing embers" are made of. I have found replacement sets, but I've been having a hard time figuring out what materials ...
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What can I do about small cracks in fireplace (unused) caulk during freezing weather?

It's 1 (one) degree F outside and I discovered some very small (less than 2 inch) cracks/holes in the caulk between my fireplace surround (wall) and the hearth that extends out from the wall (see pic ...
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Levelling hearth - what to use?

I'm trying to fit an old cast iron fireplace in my Victorian house. So far, I have replaced the builder's arch with a concrete lintel (the floor level is apparently a few inches higher now than when ...
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Do newly lined wood burning fireplace chimneys need to be broken in?

About 9 months ago I had my masonry chimney lined with a stainless steel liner. The fireplace has been sealed for 20+ years. I am hoping to finally be able to use the fireplace over the holidays. Is ...
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Fixing masonry opening in chimney for water heater vent

What the right way to fix this? This is the opening to a chimney, for the vent pipe for a water heater. I needed to enlarge the opening from 3 inch to 4 inch. You can see the round part on the left ...
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Why does my gas fireplace shutdown when fan starts up?

My gas fireplace lights and runs fine but will shut down totally including pilot light two minutes after the fan blower turns on..what could be wrong..is it electrical.
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What could be wrong with gas fireplace that turns off when I turn it on?

Pilot light is lit. When I turn it on, it starts up, normal amounts of flame. Then it turns a blue flame, and slowly disappears until even the pilot light goes out. This was working not even 2 weeks ...
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How can I fit a door to my 28" wide fireplace?

We recently removed (and, unfortunately, discarded) our fireplace door in hopes of getting something we liked better. Little did we know that our existing opening, at 28 inches wide, was abnormally ...
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Pilot light not working at gas fireplace

my pilot igniter will not produce a spark.it is for a gas fireplace it is powered by four AA batteries at a wall switch, is there a way to test the igniter?
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fireplace thermostat will turn off fireplace but won't turn it on

I have a propane fireplace that wouldn't start. Cleaned the thermopile and thermocouple and got the pilot to work fine. Then the main burner wouldn't light from the thermostat--it only lit if I jumped ...
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How to fill recess in fireplace before tiling

I wish to tile a fireplace pictured below The brickwork has a recessed area directly above the firebox (pictured below) This recessed area measures 28" x 8" x 1-1/2" I wish to tile over the recessed ...
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How can I wire my WIFI thermostat to control my millivolt fireplace?

I have a gas fireplace that has an millivolt on/off switch on my wall (and a remote that includes flame on/off, a countdown timer and a thermostatic flame control). I want to be able to program ...
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Noise in natural gas line

Just converted a wood burning fireplace to a natural gas one and there is a jet engine sound when opening the valve and lighting the burner. We tied into my existing 2" line coming into the house ...
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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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Installing a chimney rain cap with no exposed flue

I have a large masonry chimney that doesn't have a rain cap. The brick portion is about 2' x 4', and it has an 8" x 8" tile flue in the center. The flue is flush with the mortar chimney top, so there ...
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How can I eliminate the smell of gas and smoke when burning my new gas fireplace?

Yet another question in my long running series of new house questions. I closed recently on a newly constructed house and in my final walk through with the project manager he demonstrated how the gas ...
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How to clean fireplace grout?

Please see the attached photos. I'm not sure what is even in the grout but it appears stained green-brown with mildew maybe? I used an electric power drill grout brush attachment (see picture) with ...
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changings gas logs fireplace to insert

This is more like asking opinion whether it is worth converting from a gas logs fireplace to a fireplace insert. It is gonna cost me 5k here in seattle. I have a gas logs fireplace (gas fireplace ...
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should i mount a tv on top of gas logs fireplace

Is it okay to put a tv on top of a gas logs fireplace? I am concerned since the emitted gases must be making the walls hot?
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Fine Mesh Screen for Chimney

Can I put a fine mesh metal screen on my chimney cap. The current cap has a screen but the mesh is large enough to let stink bugs in. I'd like to put a finer metal screen over the existing screen. ...
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What is the purpose of vent holes in stovepipe?

The stovepipe on my free-standing gas fireplace has a ring of quarter-sized vent holes at the base of the pipe, right where the fireplace meets the stovepipe. I've always wondered about the purpose of ...
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Any ideas on how to remove the back part of this fire surround?

I’m really struggling to remove the back part of my fireplace. It’s made of marble and stuck onto the wall, which is made of plasterboard as far as I can tell. It seems like it’s stuck on with a type ...
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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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Is it safe to fill in or insulate the space in my walls around my fireplace flum?

Moved into a new home and I noticed something about my fireplace. I have a large brick enclosure that surrounds my wood burning fireplace and when I was up in the attic I noticed that the space ...
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fireplace hearth

I was helping to redo the hearth on a 100 y/o fireplace, and as I pulled up the bricks and moved sand out of the way I noticed wood installed on an angle (subfloor?). The fireplace is in the middle of ...
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What should inside of a brick chimney look like?

I want to clean my own chimney and I have never owned a house with one. Now I do and winter is coming. I want to know that it is done right and will be safe. I took a short video using my phone. I can ...
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How to clean textured brick fireplace?

The brick around our fireplace looks dingy. The fireplace used to be wood burning but was converted to gas by the previous owner about 10 years ago (i think). I would like to clean it. The problem ...
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Water entering into fireplace during rain

I recently observed water is coming in the fireplace during the rain. Although it is about a drop per second or so, it is can easily fill up a small pan during a stormy and rainy day. I don't think ...
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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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What is this knob on our fireplace?

Dumb question, probably, but you guys have come through for us in the past... Our house has a fireplace installed by the previous owner with two sliding knobs. Our question is, what are these? http:...
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What can I do to fix this fireplace?

House was built in the 1920's and has a brick fireplace that has been converted to ventless propane gas logs. The logs work great but I haven't been able to use them because it gets so hot inside the ...
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Who should I call to remove my fireplace?

I'm looking to have my fireplace removed and blocked up in order to use the wall for furniture. I already have 2 vents on the chimney breast upstairs one in each bedroom, I am unsure as to even what ...
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Heatilator fireplace fail

We have an old heatilator fireplace in our 1960's house. I called a well recommended Fireplace guy to replace the rotted out damper, and he inspected the fireplace and told me (and showed me) that ...
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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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How should I support a stone mantel on a brick fireplace?

Planning to use a slab of limestone, 4" high by 8" deep by 5' long, as a floating mantel shelf for a fireplace remodel. The existing fireplace is red (Chicago) brick. I'm resurfacing with ...
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How should I run wiring for my above-fireplace mounted TV?

I'm going to mount my 47" LCD above my fireplace. I'm not looking for arguments against this decision. I'm looking for wiring solutions. The diagram below should help explain the situation. ...
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Maximum Angle for a Chimney

Our building has a fireplace, and we are planning on moving it a meter or two, however, we are strongly against making another hole in the roof of the building. Would it be possible/safe to run the ...
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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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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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Cracked bricks/stones in the ceiling near fireplace

I have a basement with a fireplace (gas). The floor above also has a fireplace (non-gas). Today i opened up the ceiling tiles in the basement to install ROXUL insulation. Near the fireplace ceiling i ...
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How do I convert an old model propane fireplace to natural gas?

I installed a propane direct vent fireplace bought from Security Chimney International about 12 years ago. I now want to convert it to natural gas. I have phoned the company and they told me that ...
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backer board for fireplace stack stone

I'm redoing my fireplace wall with stack real stone ledger panels. Can I just use 5/8" cement board on the wall with no scratch coat ?
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How can I safely install an outlet in my fireplace?

I want to install an LED lighting display in my otherwise unused wood-burning fireplace but do not want to run an extension cord through the doors and into the firebox. Is there such a thing as a ...