1. M

    New Fireplace insert (Newbie questions)

    Hello everybody, I am new here, been reading here for a long time digging for information (and lord, this forum is a wonderful source!) and finally decided to sign up and participate. Well, I will go straight to it- I have built a new fireplace in my house, this is basically a fireplace...
  2. K

    See-Through Wood Fireplace

    Hello! My husband and I are planning a house. I drew it myself, so we’re not working with a preset plan. I designed a see-through fireplace that separates the living and dining rooms. Of course you can put whatever parameters you want into a system, finding something that actually exists is a...
  3. N

    Moving a stove and installing a flue liner

    I moved last year to a house in southern Vermont. The house came with a woodstove with a suboptimal installation. The stove itself (a old Vermont Castings Resolute III) is in good shape, but the exhaust goes through a wall as Class A pipe, makes a right angle bend, and then enters the outside...
  4. J

    Would love some help identifying old fireplace!

    Hey all. First post here, currently in the process of exposing and restoring an old fireplace in my circa 1880 home. I've attached some photos of the original metal fireplace I have exposed and am restoring. I would just love to find out some more about the fire place who made it etc, if anyone...
  5. M

    Strange noise from fireplace

    Strange noise from my fireplace this morning. Sounds almost like rushing water and I can hear it throughout the house. Very similar to a toilet filling with water after a flush. I hear it for a second and it goes away, but comes back. Sometimes in a matter of 10-15 secs, other times a minute...
  6. Whirled Peas

    New install hearth mount plans for input

    Hi all, Long time reader, first time poster. I (think) know the drill. :) I am looking to install a second stove in my some-what leaky, 225 y/o, 1600 sq-ft Vermont home. The house was largely remodeled in the early 1980s (new insulation, storm windows, some air sealing, etc). This fireplace...
  7. L

    New Installation

    We finished our basement with a gas rough-in for a future fireplace. It is clear to me that I will need to have a frame built before an authorized dealer will install. 1. Who should I contact to properly build the frame? A builder? 2. What all will the fireplace dealer install? What will they...
  8. Johnald32

    KozyHeat Z42 vs. ??? Any bigger, better ZC fireplaces?

    Hi everyone, I'm now two years into ownership of a KozyHeat Z42 zero clearance fireplace, and I love the thing. My dad is about to start construction of his retirement house, and is going to have a non-masonry chimney with some sort of zero clearance fireplace built into the house. He loves my...
  9. G

    Traditional Fireplace Issues

    I have been combating a problem in my condo for about 1.5 years now. The companies hired to inspect/clean the chimneys tell me there's nothing wrong there & I have tried a variety of DIY cleaning solutions of my actual fireplace to no avail. Basically I have a traditional fireplace in my condo...
  10. JoplinPreacher

    New Install - Napoleon 1402

    Hey all! I appreciate all of the helpful information on this forum. In September, I bought a used Napoleon 1402. This weekend, I finally got it installed. Put a liner from the stove to the the roof, but I had a hard time connecting the liner to the stove. My fireplace seems to have two lintels -...
  11. RennyBlack

    Help with Fisher Fireplace insert, please!

    Hi! So we ended up with a Fisher fireplace insert recently, and now we are in a rut as to how to install it safely and correctly in our fireplace hole. As far as I was able to find out, it seems to be be missing the damper. Will I need that or is it an optional thing? In the...
  12. I

    Am I being Lied To?

    Hello, I purchased a home in July of this year. It was originally built in 1900 and was completely renovated before coming to my hands. One of the conditions in the agreement of purchase and sale was that the gas fireplace insert in the wood burning chimney would be operational by close. It...
  13. cbscout

    Fireplace Insert Make, Model and Size

    I am in the process of deciding what insert to buy. What are your opinions on the companies - which have the best quality inserts? i.e. Vermont Castings vs. Quadra-Fire vs. Jotul vs. Napoleon vs. etc... We have a ranch that totals 1228 sq ft. The main area that will be heated is about 500...
  14. L

    New home: Fireplace or wood stove?

    We are building a 3500 sf ranch home outside of Philadelphia on 50 acres. We have 10 acres of woods that should give us enough wood to burn. In the center of the house in a great room we are planning a fireplace because one person really wants a fireplace more for the enjoyment of an open fire...
  15. M

    Olympia HE250 vs the Kozy Z42?

    Are there any Olympia Ventis HE250 opinions or reviews out there? I been scouring the internet and can not find anything. I have an old 1985 Preway fireplace insert and this past winter, it proved to be extremely inefficient to provide much heat while I was stuck without electric for a week...
  16. M

    Fireplace flue - unusual blob

    Hi, We've got an unusual blob formed on the external wall of the chimney flue. Just wondering if you have seen anything like that before and know what it could be? The flue kit has been installed new in Sept-Oct 2015 Haven't touched it yet, as don't want to damage the flue any further just at...
  17. K

    Mouse in our "Superior" brand masonry fireplace...Need advice

    Hi! My house has an old fireplace. I think it's a masonry one, but not sure, it's old. It has a brick chimney on the exterior, and a brick floor inside it. There is one brick missing in the back of the floor, presumably to the ash box, it has a metal cover that has "Superior Fireplace, Pat.#...
  18. V

    Gas Fire Place - Ventilation and Heat Radiant issues

    Hello fireplace experts, We recently moved to a new house with a natural gas fireplace installed in the living room (see photo below). We have the TV wall-mounted above the fireplace, which I learned it is not a good idea for the lifespan of the TV. The fireplace is very efficient and where I...
  19. L

    Replacing Fireplace with insert

    I live in a 1920's house, two stories and a walkout basement. We love our fireplace but we have to either get a wood stove insert or a gas fireplace because the flu has to be fixed, and the diameter of the chimney will be too small for us to be able to make fires that are not all smoke after the...
  20. P

    BIS Panorama - use without catalytic combustor.

    Hi All, I've had a BIS Panorama for 3 years and this past week one of the metal supports holding the catalytic combustor bent out of shape. My question is: can anyone recommend a thermometer for us to monitor the temperature inside (or as close to it as possible)? I'd be happy to get any...
  21. donut_love

    1962 fireplace - Sealing cracks to floor

    Hi crew - Just moved into a "new" house, a 1962 ranch, with two brick fireplaces. I've never had a fireplace before, so trying to learn as much as I can before burning. 1. The previous owners had some type of white sealant strip from the brick to the floor, preventing the draft up from the...
  22. L

    Austroflammm Wood Cookstove for Sale

    Enjoy the warmth of a wood fire while cooking wood fired pizza or other goodies ! Austrian made, fabulous quality and in good shape Purchased 20 years ago (stored for ten) for $2,000 Asking $600.00 Pick up only. Near Santa Barbara CA
  23. G

    Cleaning brick fireplace with muriatic acid

    My brick fireplace has some water damage and is generally dirty from 50 years of use. I grabbed some muriatic acid but there doesn't seem to be any good tutorial videos. Does anyone have any experience or found a tutorial that was helpful?
  24. F

    Advice on inserts for a large fireplace?

    Hi gurus, I'm in the market for a wood insert for my fireplace. First, it's a really big fireplace (one of the reasons I bought the house). Dimensions are roughly 27" x 36" with a 20" extending hearth. The tile+cement is only about 1/2" off the wood floor. Some questions: 1) I really like...
  25. J

    Icon vs Birmingham Heatilator wood burning fireplace

    We are replacing the fireplace in an 80 year old cabin. We like wood burning for the ambiance and are considering the Icon and the Birmingham Heatilator fireplaces. We don't need need the fireplace for heat. Has anyone had experience with either of these two brands. The Icon is less...
  26. BillGriggs

    Fireplace Hearth, Tile, and Ditra

    Hi all! New here, but I'm hoping someone can help me out with a project. I'm working on replacing a hearth. My home is built with a 2"x6" tongue-and-groove subfloor. On top of that was laid 1/2 particleboard. In front of my fireplace was a 2'x6' section of 8x8 tiles. I popped these up and...
  27. DarwinsFlinch

    Reassemble/Refurbish Fireplace

    Hi gang... We bought a foreclosure that is also fixer-upper. I inherited a firebox/hearth that I want to put back together. Aside from having the chimney cleaned and inspected, what pitfalls should I watch out for? The overall plan is to install laminate flooring so, should the hearth go on top...
  28. M

    Persistent Draft Problem

    We bought a 20-year-old home with a brick fireplace a few months ago. The fireplace is in the center of the house, brick, and has a terra cotta liner. We didn't notice any fireplace odors when we looked at the house (it was snowing--no AC turned on). Fast forward to moving in in June, and...
  29. G

    Older Style Heatilitor

    Hello All, I just bought a house with 2 fireplaces. 1 is in the basement and appears to be a wood burning fireplace with a brick firebox. The other is in between two living rooms and passes between them. This fireplace seems to be a gas heatilator fireplace. Both sides have vents above the...
  30. W

    Inspecting Fireplace Smoke Chamber

    As you can see this Fireplace has a very small opening at the damper. Looking for some advice on how to get better pictures of smoke chamber for WETT Inspection reports. Regards Roger