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Can an insert sit on the hearth?

Post in 'It's a Gas!' started by mlang90, Oct 27, 2010.

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  1. mlang90

    mlang90 New Member

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    We want to buy a Mendota FV44i insert and my wife wants the front of it to be about 16 inches farther into our living room than our existing fireplace doors are so we can change the look of the nearby walls. This puts most of the insert outside of the existing firebox and sitting on the hearth. The insert is 23 3/4” high and our opening is 32” high. Can I put the insert here? I will frame around it with metal studs and concrete backer board, then cover that with stone. Then I’ll create a new hearth using more non-combustible material. I think 8 1/4” clearance leaves enough room for the liners to go into the old firebox and then up if that is ok to do.

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  2. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    Don't get an insert if you're not going to insert it.
    Get a fireplace & then you can do what you want.
    You just hafta make sure that the venting system (co-axial vent) for an insert can be used.
    I know Regency Fire Places allow this vent configuration.
    Not sure about other manufacturers...
  3. mlang90

    mlang90 New Member

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    Thanks Bob. I appreciate the advice. I'll check Regency's website. The problem I've had with the other fireplaces I looked at was the height. We have just enough room for the insert's required vertical clearance. The fireplaces I've seen so far were much higher than that and we didn't have the room without some major remodeling. In addition, I have to use the chimney to vent because we have a condo and can't put new holes outside.
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