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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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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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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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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Chimenea/Outdoor Fireplace Crack Repair Mortar-type

I was trying to repair a cracked chiminea ( outdoor fireplace). I have "Quikkrete" quick-setting cement. I was wondering if this would be okay to use to patch and seal the cracks and hold against high ...
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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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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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Ventless Gas Fireplace Odor After Replacing Pilot Assembly

I have a Superior VF5000 Ventless fireplace that started acting up. Initially it wouldn't light so I gently sanded down the assembly and cleaned it out which worked initially. A few weeks later it ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Fireback with gas line

I have an old brick fireplace that had a gas line installed in it years ago. It works fine, but doesn't produce much heat when it's turned on (most heat goes up the chimney). I've read that a cheap ...
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Why has one of my two propane fireplaces suddenly gone completely out?

I have two open propane fire places one in my livingroom & the master bedroom right beside the livingroom. I have been using them both with out the logs in the fire place for a month or so now, ...
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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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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 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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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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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 ...