Raising the hearth and bottom of firebox of a gas fireplace by 4 inches

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New Member
Aug 5, 2022
Newport Beach, CA
Hi experts,

Thanks in advance for the patience. I've been trying to come to a general conclusion on the risks around the idea here.

The fireplace in this photo is in a sunken living room. The floors need to come up about 8 inches to get to level. The white brick hearth needs to come up about 4 inches.

Can I just stack another brick on top of the hearth to add 4 inches, and put 2-4 inches of concrete tiles or stones/volcanic rock in the bottom of the firebox to raise up the bottom of the firebox?

It would shrink the vertical opening of the fireplace, but because this fireplace is basically just decorative in a warm climate (southern california), do I need to worry meaningfully about the airflow?

Thanks in advance for any help, and for the tolerance of a highly ignorant question!

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Full Time RVer
Staff member
Dec 2, 2008
Wherever we're parked
What will the final height of the fireplace opening after you raise the floor? Most gas log sets require an 18” MINIMUM opening height.