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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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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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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How to use a gas fireplace and a furnace together?

So here's my setup: Living room has both a thermostat for the gas fireplace (dumb on/off thermostat) and a thermostat for the whole house (smart/Nest thermostat) on the wall together. Living room has ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gas fireplace - no spark for igniter - Martin DV5500 RVN

My home is 15 years old and has a gas fireplace (Martin Industries DV5500 RVN). When I press the plunger for the igniter, no spark is produced. I do not see any tears or cuts in the wire from the ...
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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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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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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 ...