Fire Brick Modification for Insert Install

Chaz103 Posted By Chaz103, May 30, 2019 at 1:25 PM

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  1. Chaz103

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    Hello all! I purchased a Harman Accentra 52i and it needs another inch or so for back corners. Curious if we can grind a few firebricks to facilitate a flush mount without altering front fireplace facade. Our fireplace is in a wedge shape so plenty of depth just a bit shy for width. Will this jeapordise integrity of fireplace?
     

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  2. johneh

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    Depends on how much you grind off
     
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  3. Chaz103

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    Would cutting a 1-2" chunk out of both sides approx 24" up be too much?
     
  4. johneh

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    Probably not but I am not an engineer and have no idea
    how the fire place is put together . For myself I would cut them
    so I could get my insert installed
     
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  5. BigJohnfromCT

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    I would check with a professional. I think the last thing you want to do is compromise the integrity of the fire brick both for your future use or the next owner of your house.
     
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  6. JRemington

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    Isn’t that a zero clearance fireplace? Are you in a modular home?
     
  7. Overfireinthehole

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    You cut too much out, you will have to use a zc box and hard pipe it. What’s behind the brick?
     
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