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Want to mount TV over fireplace but stud finder showing large metal area

I have a home built in 1940 with (I believe) plaster walls. The chimney runs down enter of house. We'd like to mount TV above fireplace but my stud finder is essentially showing the entire space above the fireplace to be metal (finder sticks to wall over entire area). [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Jul 6, 2014 - 8 answers

How to Optimize Heat Output from a Gas Fireplace?

We have a 24 inch by 36 inch vented gas log fireplace. See image. I'm pretty sure most of the heat goes up and out the flue. Are there any good modifications for optimizing heat output? Should we consider switching to a ventless system? Add some glass doors to the exiting setup?
posted by steinwald on Jan 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Fireplace rehabilitation in CA

Mr G and I are considering removing the wood-burning stove that inhabits our fireplace. I mean, we want to convert the thing back to a regular fireplace. The first step in attempting to beautify the whole ugly mess. We rarely have a fire. [more inside]
posted by goodsearch on Oct 26, 2013 - 9 answers

What should I do with this fireplace?

My new place in San Francisco has this fireplace in the bedroom: pic. It's very dirty and smells kind of moldy. Also, the hole in the floor appears to go down pretty deep. How do I clean the fireplace without ruining anything? I already vacuumed it, but it's still caked with soot. Do I need to cover or board up the hole (or the whole fireplace)? We're not allowed to actually burn anything.
posted by Munching Langolier on May 27, 2013 - 11 answers

someone there is who does not love her wall

How can I make my river-rock-covered fireplace less ugly? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Apr 28, 2013 - 29 answers

How do I know if my gas fireplace has a blower?

Does my gas fireplace have a blower? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 9, 2012 - 10 answers

How to start a fire

I have a cast iron wood stove at my house that sort of looks like this. I suck at getting a fire light in it reliably. Can you help figure out what flues and doors and vents to open and close and devise a process to always get a fire going? [more inside]
posted by neustile on Nov 7, 2012 - 17 answers

What is the best and easiest way to clean soot from inside of our wood burning brick fireplace?

What is the best and easiest way to clean soot from inside of our wood burning brick fireplace? [more inside]
posted by Tziv on Sep 9, 2012 - 3 answers

Come on baby, light my fire (and don't let me die from fumes)

How do I open/close my fireplace flue? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Dec 21, 2011 - 14 answers

Should I be coming down with the flue?

Our new apartment (in Oakland, CA, if that matters) has a functional fireplace. Yay! Every other fireplace I've ever been around had a chain or handle of some kind to pull to open the flue. There's nothing of the sort here. Boo! Is this some kind of strange California fireplace without a flue? How can I tell? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha on Nov 11, 2011 - 22 answers

How to speed-season firewood?

We just bought a full face cord of firewood, all oak, pre-split, advertised as being dry & aged for 2 years. We got it from a craigslist seller who logs his land and sells firewood for a living, has been doing it for years with professional equipment and so forth, so it didn't just come from some random dude with a dead tree. Sounds like it should be pretty great to use in a fireplace, right?... Except it's not. The wood doesn't want to ignite and even when we stuff the fireplace with cardboard & paper, it'll get the wood hot enough to glow a little but then it just sits there sizzling. Any way to dry out this wood quickly so we can use it this winter? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Nov 6, 2011 - 29 answers

How do I light my gas fireplace?

With fall approaching, I would like to light a fire in my gas fireplace, but I cannot figure out how. [more inside]
posted by lbo on Sep 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Cough, cough, cough...

Help Mefites! Stupid fireplace question. I was burning some papers in the fireplace this evening and forgot to open the chimney flue. By the time I realized what happened and I got it opened, the room had filled with smoke. How to best get the smoke smell out? [more inside]
posted by cecic on Jul 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Fire in the Fireplace

Please help my S.O. and I settle a debate about the fireplace. [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Feb 26, 2011 - 24 answers

Woodstove questions

What should we know about having a woodstove? [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Oct 31, 2010 - 19 answers

loose bricks in fireplace

What product should I use to repair loose bricks in a fireplace. [more inside]
posted by clavdivs on Oct 30, 2010 - 2 answers

There's no hiding, behind moulding / hardwood.

What might the original moulding around our 20s-era fireplace have looked like? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Oct 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Heating a very cold art studio

I have an art studo that is going to get extremely cold during this winter but I need to keep using it. It's in an old factory, concrete walls and floor, relatively high ceilings (great in summer, not so in winter). I know that I will need to insulate as much as possible - windows, stop drafts etc - but I'm unsure about the best way to heat it once it is suitably closed up. [more inside]
posted by halcorp on Oct 12, 2010 - 21 answers

An elegant cat deterrent, for a more civilized age

[cat && fireplace filter] Do you know of a good fireplace screen that will keep my feline wards from exploring and getting covered in soot? My duct tape and cardboard solution works, but it doesn't really "tie the room together".
posted by simms2k on Oct 8, 2010 - 7 answers

Why did my fireplace fill my house with smoke?

Why did my fireplace spew smoke out into the living room when I burned some stuff on a hot day this summer? I've checked the chimney and it looks clean... [more inside]
posted by crapples on Sep 14, 2010 - 25 answers

I'm getting nuttin' for Christmas

The house I am preparing to move into has a "cosmetic" fireplace. It looks like a fireplace, it's built into the wall, but can't be used as one. What clever decorating ideas do you have for it? I'm game for anything--funny, functional, stylish, classic, clever, funky, hell--even some sort of tasteful heat retrofit--just anything that doesn't involve putting a fire in it (that would probably result in death).
posted by sourwookie on Aug 18, 2010 - 26 answers

I don't believe in Santa anymore anyway.

Help me sort out my fireplace problems. [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Jul 6, 2010 - 12 answers

Why is there a fireplace in a 7th day adventist lectern?

Last night, I attended a dress rehersal of a choir my daughter will be joining. It was at a 7th day adventist church and I noticed that the lectern had a (gas-burning) fireplace set into the front facing the pews. Does this have any religious significance or is it just a quirk of this church? The choir is just renting the space for practice, so they're not a good source for info.
posted by skyscraper on Jun 17, 2010 - 4 answers

How not to burn down the house?

How do I stop my hearthless fireplace burning down the house? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on May 24, 2010 - 9 answers

Lying Firewood Guy

Suggestions for accelerating the seasoning of firewood? [more inside]
posted by terrier319 on Jan 20, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me close my fireplace vents

How do I close my fireplace vents? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Dec 18, 2009 - 8 answers

Something Seems Missing...

Why do new homes in California seem to lack a fireplace? [more inside]
posted by thisperon on Dec 3, 2009 - 17 answers

Help me stay warm with a broken furnace.

Yesterday I woke up to my furnace screeching like a banshee. Turned it off, and called for service, but they won't be able to get out for a while. I'm not sure when, because the service will be through my home warranty. I have a fireplace and wood, south facing windows that let in lots of sun, and a very small, not-so-awesome electric space heater. I have some questions about the combination of heating sources I should use until the furnace gets repaired. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Nov 29, 2009 - 28 answers

Propane, propane products and fireplace inserts.

We have a normal fireplace in our 1968 rambler that has never been used. We would like to put in a gas fireplace insert, but it would cost about $1200 to have a gas line installed (we use natural gas to heat our home). The fireplace has a small door in the rear for cleaning--is it possible to install a propane-fueled artificial fireplace log? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Nov 10, 2009 - 7 answers

Outside Air Filter

We want to add a wood stove to my wife's studio, currently under construction. Is outside combustion air a must or a maybe? [more inside]
posted by ulotrichous on Oct 7, 2009 - 8 answers

How do you deal with a squirrely tenant?

How do I coax a squirrel out of my fireplace flue? I think he likes it in there. [more inside]
posted by dinger on May 9, 2009 - 9 answers

No roast swan for me, thanks.

I would like some tips on how to find or make a fireplace screen that is no wider than 23" and no taller than 27" for under $100 or so. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Feb 14, 2009 - 6 answers

Removing a Fireplace

Fireplace removal. We just bought a house (an Eichler if your familiar with that style) and it has an outdated, ugly big red brick fireplace in the middle of the room. We really hate the way it breaks up the room, but we're not sure who we would even call to have it removed. It's an especially difficult removal since there's a hole in the roof for the stovepipe. So: 1. who would you call to remove the fireplace and 2. how much would something like that cost (ballparking it)?
posted by bananafish on Dec 27, 2008 - 22 answers

Chestnuts roasting on an open HDTV...

For the past two years, I've come across a TV channel broadcasting a looping video of a fireplace with Christmas music. I have no idea what channel it was on, or how/why it exists. All I want for Christmas is answers.
posted by SamuelF on Dec 23, 2008 - 17 answers

How do I fix my fireplace?

When I burn a fire in my fireplace in the evenings I have to leave the damper open all night so the house won't get smoky. This causes all the heat in the house to get sucked up the chimney. I suppose I could extinguish the fire before going to bed, but I was hoping that I might be able to close the front off somehow. Does anyone know of a solid fireplace screen made for this purpose?
posted by haikuku on Nov 19, 2008 - 12 answers

Are outdoor fireplaces prohibited in San Francisco?

Are there any laws prohibiting outdoor fireplaces (sometimes called chimineas) within the city of San Francisco? I am thinking of getting one for my back porch, but don't want anyone calling the cops/FD on me. I've checked the SFFD website, but couldn't find anything.
posted by yizzle on Nov 16, 2008 - 2 answers

Do I have something to worry about and if so, what can I do about it?

What to do about the woodstove and our new kittens? [more inside]
posted by 10ch on Oct 27, 2008 - 14 answers

Help me jump from gas to fire

Jumping from the gas into the fire? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Oct 10, 2008 - 6 answers

Fire! Fire! Don't try this at home.

My house had two fireplaces which were walled over by the prior owner. I'd like to reopen them and possibly retro fit them to be gas fireplaces. How horrible (read expensive and time consuming) of a construction job would this be? [more inside]
posted by 26.2 on Sep 19, 2008 - 6 answers

can I use my fence for firewood?

I have wooden fence that I would like to take down and burn in an indoor fireplace. is it safe? [more inside]
posted by rudy26 on Jul 21, 2008 - 13 answers

Let's conspire so I can dream by the fire

I would like to find something to put in my fake fireplace. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Mar 28, 2008 - 25 answers

Toasty toes and hot toddies

Where's the best place in Chicago to sit in front of a nice fire and sip drinks? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Feb 4, 2008 - 12 answers

Fire in the hole!

Tell me about gas fireplace inserts: What do they cost (approx.), what are the good-to-better brands, and what features are nice to have. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Feb 2, 2008 - 4 answers

Give me a fire by Christmas, please!

What, if any, are the effects of express warranties by landlord and landlord's agents under New Jersey landlord tenant law? [more inside]
posted by bunnycup on Dec 14, 2007 - 6 answers

Will I get a crick in my neck from watching a TV over the fireplace?

My wife wants to get a plasma/LCD TV and mount it over the fireplace. That just seems way too high to watch comfortably, though. Does anyone have any experience with a TV mounted that high? Will the kids be able to watch it if they're sitting on the floor? Does angling it help?
posted by adverb on Nov 15, 2007 - 24 answers

Yucky smoke from neighbor's chimney makes my home stinky. Please help.

What can we do to stop our smelly neighbors? [more inside]
posted by susiepie on Oct 26, 2007 - 13 answers

I want a fancy pants fireplace.

I need to find a giant metal sheet, yet I am not rich, help? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Sep 27, 2007 - 14 answers

Making a wood burning fireplace more efficient.

Fall is right around the corner. These chilly mornings have me thinking about lighting a fire in our fire place. I love the look, the smell, and everything else that goes with a fireplace. But efficiency wise? It sucks. [more inside]
posted by jaythebull on Sep 19, 2007 - 14 answers

question about aesthetic of gas fireplace

Should I take out my gas fireplace insert? [more inside]
posted by seekingsimplicity on Sep 18, 2007 - 12 answers

Can we get rid of these ugly glass doors on our fireplace?

Fireplace glass doors: Necessary evil or unsightly decorating no-no? We have three brick fireplaces. The house was built in 1968 or so and the folding glass doors on the fireplaces appear to be from the same era. I grew up in a 100+ year old house with no fireplace doors, and the hearths were much more attractive than these. Questions: can we/ should we remove the doors? If we leave the fireplace au naturel will there be freezing cold air flooding into the house? All my searches about his have led to sites talking about REPLACING the doors, but we want to be rid of them. ANy help from people who know more about chimneys, etc. than we do would be most welcome.
posted by mmf on Sep 3, 2007 - 11 answers

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