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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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 ...
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Brick chimney with no smoke chamber: is there some type of metal insert that would work instead of rebuilding inside of chimney?

Recently I bought a house that had a ventless gas log insert in the hearth, but had obviously been used as a wood burning fireplace previously, showing lots of charring. A chimney inspection revealed ...
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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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Thermopile reading very low in my gas fireplace

My gas fireplace failed to light this year, although the pilot was fine. I put my multimeter on the terminals and got about 150 mV. This was obviously too low, so I cleaned it and got maybe 160. So I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...