Heatilator Fireplace

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Asterl

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Mar 2, 2021
4
Ny
Hello,

We purchased a house with a fireplace that uses heatilator vents. We believe the former owner built it himself because there are computer fans in the lower sections and he was very DIY. We’ve had the thing inspected and it seems to be in decent shape, but my question is: can we cover the vents on the top/face of the fireplace and then put in new fans on the lower/side facing vents but have them blowing out rather than sucking air in to be pushed out the front? We will only be using the fireplace a few times a year, if that and want to put a mantle/tv on the front on it. What are my options if they can’t be covered and/or air sucked out instead of being sucked in? Can we do an insert or a pellet stove or something? Attached is a picture of the fireplace.

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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
89,638
South Puget Sound, WA
Trying to reverse the flow will be fighting nature, hot air rises. And closing off the upper vents would mean that there is no intake. FWIW, TVs and heat are not the best companions and a TV up high can lead to neck cramps.
 
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bholler

Chimney sweep
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Jan 14, 2014
25,564
central pa
Hello,

We purchased a house with a fireplace that uses heatilator vents. We believe the former owner built it himself because there are computer fans in the lower sections and he was very DIY. We’ve had the thing inspected and it seems to be in decent shape, but my question is: can we cover the vents on the top/face of the fireplace and then put in new fans on the lower/side facing vents but have them blowing out rather than sucking air in to be pushed out the front? We will only be using the fireplace a few times a year, if that and want to put a mantle/tv on the front on it. What are my options if they can’t be covered and/or air sucked out instead of being sucked in? Can we do an insert or a pellet stove or something? Attached is a picture of the fireplace.

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Nope
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
6,132
Downeast Maine
I've never seen such a large room with so many base board heaters. Is this room insulated? That fireplace likely lets a lot of heat out even when not in use.
 
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kennyp2339

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Feb 16, 2014
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Just run with no vents & block the bottom intakes since it will naturally circulate (more then likely not enough to hurt a tv though) If you do try to reverse the fans or replace them with your idea you might create a smoke into the room situation which wouldnt be good.
 
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bholler

Chimney sweep
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Jan 14, 2014
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Technically you shouldn't block off any of the vents. We have no idea how much heat is in there or where it will go without the vents.
 

Asterl

New Member
Mar 2, 2021
4
Ny
Trying to reverse the flow will be fighting nature, hot air rises. And closing off the upper vents would mean that there is no intake. FWIW, TVs and heat are not the best companions and a TV up high can lead to neck cramps.
Well, we don’t plan to use the fireplace often...maybe once or twice a year. We also don’t watch tv often...a little Sesame Street here and there for the little guy, but we want to put it up there. Ceilings aren’t super high, so the tv wouldn’t be much higher than eye level from across the room.
 

Asterl

New Member
Mar 2, 2021
4
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I've never seen such a large room with so many base board heaters. Is this room insulated? That fireplace likely lets a lot of heat out even when not in use.
Yes it’s insulated! I’m not sure why he put so much baseboard heat in, we’ve had people come out to look at it and they all say we need about half of what we have. Maybe since he had to run the pipes around the whole room anyway he thought they might as well be above the floor to give off heat?
 

Asterl

New Member
Mar 2, 2021
4
Ny
Just run with no vents & block the bottom intakes since it will naturally circulate (more then likely not enough to hurt a tv though) If you do try to reverse the fans or replace them with your idea you might create a smoke into the room situation which wouldnt be good.
Ahhh, that’s a good point! We also can take the tv down when/if we use the fireplace, it wouldn’t be too much of a hassle. Here’s a picture of the lower vents. Also didn’t mean to post that outside picture on here, lol!
 

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