fireplace

  1. Barrie WETT Inspector

    Inspecting Fireplace Through Heat Vents

    Stone fireplace had been modified by home owner which resulted in fire. Wood studs had been added behind fireplace which caught on fire. I had inspected fireplace approximately 3 months previous. Insurance Adjuster is claiming I should have been able to see improper construction through heat...
  2. S

    'Drywalling' around a reg 2" air-gap Insulated Flue Pipe

    Hello, Previous owners installed a zero clearance wood fireplace out of code, allowing a ceiling joist to touch an insulated flue pipe (which requires a 2"air gap from combustibles). This was discovered after opening a wall we are renovating and leaving open. I know how to solve this problem by...
  3. R

    Fireplace project- how to lower the top of the fireplace

    I decided to hummer down my old-style boulder-faced fireplace. The project took two days, but when I was finished, i realized, the the actual fireplace opening is bigger that it was before, because it was faced over the top of the opening. Now, I can’t just leave it, since I need to put TV over...
  4. ironmanco

    FPX 44 Blower sound and location

    We made a pretty big mistake when installing our FPX44 and located the blower in the room that the fireplace is. We knew we had to have it draw air from the inside of the house since we live in a cold environment (Colorado). We're considering doing some "re-construction" and moving the blower...
  5. K

    Does Your Gas Fireplace Make Your Room Too Hot?

    I'm looking to install a Zero-Clearance fireplace in my home, where there was previously a horribly inefficient Natural Vent fireplace. Me and my wife both tend to find our home a little on the chilly side in the cold weather (we live in southern Ontario so winters get really cold at times, and...
  6. K

    Smoke Up One Flue and Down The Other -- Help!

    Hi, First time poster, and also first-time homeowner (...if I had only known!) Anyways -- I have a dual-flue chimney that supports an upstairs fireplace, as well as a basement wood stove. Facing the chimney indoors, the upstairs fireplace is the right flue, and the basement stove is the...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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 -...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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.#...
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
  26. 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...
  27. 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...
  28. 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?
  29. 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...
  30. 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...