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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Fasten mantel to bad wall

I've just had a fireplace rebuilt for a new log burner and now have an issue installing a floating mantel on the wall. I've just drilled the first hole to fit the studs (onto which the mantel will ...
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Any issues drilling into the exterior surface of a slate covered chimney

I have just bought a nest security camera and the perfect vantage point for mounting happens to be the front facing surface of the chimney which provides a good view of the entire front of the house, ...
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Converting gas fireplace to wood burning

Does anyone know how you can tell if a gas fireplace is an insert? I recently bought a new house and my realtor told me the fireplace used to be wood burning and the previous owner put in a gas insert....
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Fireplace goes on/off

Our fireplace turns on fine, runs for a while and then all of a sudden goes out, then sometimes comes back on. We usually turn it off when it happens. We have had a fireplace company out they replaced ...
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Looking to identify this material around the fireplace in my house

I’m debating between painting the outside of my fireplace vs tiling it but I’m not sure what this material is so I’m hoping you all can help me. At first glance I thought it was tile but when I ...
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Resurface uneven stone fireplace

We owned this house for about 3.5 years and really interested in refacing this fireplace. Curious, can this be done? What are my options? The stone sticks out at different angles and depths, our ...
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Can I use porcelain tile as replacement for firebrick smoke shelf in wood stove?

I have a wood stove that uses 2 pieces of 11x11x 1" firebrick as a smokeshelf/separator between the primary and secondary combustion chamber. One of the bricks has broken, and has fallen. Is there ...
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slight cracking in mortar between clay tile flue in fireplace

We have a fireplace that is about 40 years old. Draws well and exterior is perfect. Had it inspected and discovered slight cracks in the mortar between the clay tile lining the flu. Is there a ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Fire place and stove turning themselves off

A few months ago my stove starting randomly turning off. Now as of the last week or so my fire place is doing the same thing. Though my stove can sometimes take days to turn back on, my fire place ...
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How to light a Hearthmaster gas fireplace

I just moved into a new house I went to turn on the gas for the fireplace using the key yet I still can't light the fireplace. There's nothing showing me where to turn on the gas flow to the ...
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Pellet Stove Ventilation

I have an Englander PDVC pellet stove that came with my house when I bought it in the spring. Never used it. Currently its vented through the wall and comes straight through the exterior of the ...
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New Fireplace Mantel Shelf

So My W̶i̶f̶e̶ Goddess has not liked the fireplace mantel shelf for a long time so she started to do a little demo and what she found did not make her happy. The mantel it-self is only attached to the ...
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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 ...