Fireplace problem

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  1. jamo

    jamo Well-Known Member

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    We decided to put in an insert and the man said that we couln't because out firebox was up about 2". I guess we don't have a masonary box. There's brick on the back but metal on the sides. The whole thing must fit into the opening. I really want to do SOMETHING to help with heating. Any advice????
     
  2. Ed0517

    Ed0517 Well-Known Member

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    I'm no expert, but the fora at www.Hearth.com have a lot of Q&As and a forum to post in, even with some inspectors and stove shop owners


    edit - made site name a hyperlink
     

  3. Terri

    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    When you take a bath, leave the hot water in the tub until it is cool. We did this during a 3 day power failure one winter here in Kansas, and it DOES help.
     
  4. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Is the fireplace floor 2 inches higher than the hearth along the front. Is there a reason you couldn't put thin bricks on the outside of the fireplace to raise the floor up even with the bottom of the fireplace?
     
  5. jamo

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    Thanks for the link.


    he fireplace itself is made of stone. There is a black metal box that fits into the fireplace and then white brick on the back. The fireplace guy says that that IS my actual fireplace. I asked if that could just be taken out and he said it could be removed from the outside which wouldn't be a big deal since we have reverse board and batten.

    I'm also wondering about the hearth grates that blow heat. Do you think that would make it too hot?
     
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    Thanks for the link. This is something I've been wanting to do, but have been told that I can't use an insert because of the pre-fab fireplace. Just like me not to take "no" for an answer....