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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Firewall / Hearth thickness - Building Fireplace for Gel Fuel

I am planning on building a "faux" fireplace in my basement that I can burn gel fuel canisters. I was looking at buying an electric heater, or pre-made gel fireplace, but I like the idea of a real ...
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From a safey perspective, is it necessary to seal mortar joints between clay liners in the flue of a fireplace?

I just got my chimney inspected with a video inspection. The house was built in 1940 and the inspection showed that the flue has clay liners that are in perfect shape (no cracks, no creosote, still ...
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Weird Fireplace Gap

I have lived in my house for around six years. I have never used my fireplace. The house was a foreclosure and has problems. I also live in Oklahoma and we have hundreds of smaller earthquakes each ...
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Should I use heat resistant paint when whitewashing a brick fireplace?

We are going to whitewash our brick fireplace, similar to this picture: What kind of paint do we need to use to accomplish this? Does it need to be heat resistant? Note we are just whitewashing the ...
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how do i tell if my prefab fireplace is rated for wood?

i live in a condo building with 9 units. for all intents and purposes they're townhomes (i.e. each one is two stories tall with a fireplace on the first floor and a flue at the roof). the building ...
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Adding a new fireplace to upstairs bedroom. Want to tap into existing unused vent

Our house used to have a wood burning stove in the basement. We also have a fireplace on the first floor of the house, leaving two separate vents in our chimney. Before we bought the house it was ...
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What's the minimum distance for a mantle above a fireplace?

I'm wall mounting a flat TV above a mantle, above a wood fireplace. The mantle is quite high, so to get the right viewing angle, and because the mantle is hideous, I'd like to replace it and move it ...
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Gas Insert Installation Question

We're installing a gas insert (QuadraFire QFI-30). The installation manual gives two ways to install it. In one, both the intake and exhaust liners run the full length of the flue, and in the other ...
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Can two 12/2 cables be used to wire a 240 electric Fireplace?

. Servicing an electric Fireplace seeing if it's wired correctly
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What is this end part called? What adapter do I need to attach a tank?

What is this end part called? What adapter do I need to attach a tank?
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Do gas fireplace blowers actually heat rooms more effectively?

I have a rectangular-shape room with a gas fireplace in one corner. There're two thermometers: one by the fireplace, another in the middle of the room. When the heat has been off for a while, the ...
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What's the deal with this (fake?) chimney on my house?

I have a 1950's cape cod, which I moved into earlier this year. The home was not advertised as having a fireplace and I certainly do not see any indication that there was or could've ever been one ...
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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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is fire alarm system conduit color clearly identified on NFPA or UFC?

Inspector says that I have to use red emt conduit for fire alarm system. I want to prove that it doesn't specified in any standarts.
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gas fireplace main burner wont light but pilot will light

gas fireplace has switch on side of frame and it looks like a millivolt switch which goes down to gas valve and also a plug which I beleives runs the fan. Now when I depress the pilot switch the pilot ...
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Main floor fireplace protruding into basement

I am finish the basement in my house built in 1926. Underneath the main level fireplace there is an angled section which is what I assume is for the ashes to fall down into a small door in the ...
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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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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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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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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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Increase wood fireplace efficiency

We have a large fireplace and plenty of free or cheap wood and love having fires for warmth and entertainment. An open fireplace is not an ideal source of heat, but I wanted to know if there's a ...
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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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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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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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What's the right approach for insulating the slab & footings underneath a masonry fireplace/heater?

The fireplace will be located in the middle of the concrete slab (away from the foundation stem walls) so it will have its own footing. My impression is that footings should rest on soil & gravel ...
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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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What should I pack behind a cast iron fireplace?

I have a cast iron open fireplace which is (loosely) attached to the chimney breast in my living room by the mantle piece. There is a small but significant gap behind it where the bricks have been ...
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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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How can I seal the large gap around my fireplace in a way that is safe and prevents air inflows?

I've got a spot by a fireplace that lets cold air in. Unfortunately its right where the metal of the fireplace meets the wooden framing/molding of the fireplace on the inside. This seems like ...
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How to tidily restore a sandstone fireplace

I would really appreciate some advice in regards to the best solution to restore a stone fireplace that was previously covered by plasterboard. I am looking to fit a log burning stove into the hole, ...
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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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How To Level Uneven Fireplace Hearth Concrete?

I am remodeling my fireplace. The hearth and mantle were granite/marble slabs (huge ones cut around the firebox). I removed them from the mantle and hearth with a sledge and chisel, expecting thinset ...
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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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How can I add a fireplace to an existing non-fireplace chimney?

Our 83 year old house has a brick chimney covered up with drywall. We have no idea where the original flue was, but it must have vented a wood stove because there is no structure for a fireplace. We ...
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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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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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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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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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gas fireplace smells

I bought a house that was vacant for a year and a half. It has a gas fireplace. The plumber that fixed the heating unit supposedly looked at the fireplace too and lit the pilot for me. I lit the ...
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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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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 ...