2016 Fireplace Installation Costs

A hearth can be used to raise a fireplace for practical and aesthetic reasons. Next, I lined up the fireplace base with where it would fit on the wall to make sure I had the right measurements for where to place the plywood that will cover the space under the T.V. Like with ceramic, make sure you purchase ones with a PEI rating of 4 or 5 if they are going to be used on the hearth. She had remodeled the entire house, but the fireplace was still in its original brick form. If your surround or hearth is made from stone, you may notice patches of damp or some discolouration to begin with, although these should dry out and disappear within a couple of weeks.

To use the fireplace chimney flue sizing table below, calculate the area in square inches of the cross section of the inside of the fireplace opening. While a wood-burning stove would not require the same extensive masonry work as a stone or brick fireplace, it does require a fire-resistant base of some type to rest on. This may come in the form of a brick, tile, stone or cement foundation that as a heat barrier. Lay one brick immediately above the two bricks, offsetting it by placing it exactly in the middle. It means you can make one phone call to Fireside Hearth & Home for all of your hearth needs, and we will ensure you meet your closing dates.

Footings for masonry fireplaces and their chimneys shall be constructed of concrete or solid masonry at least 12 inches (305 mm) thick and shall extend at least 6 inches (152 mm) beyond the face of the fireplace or foundation wall on all sides. In this case the superimposed hearth would need to project 8+35+30cm = 73cm from the back wall of the recess. You may not want a wood-burning fireplace, but a gas or electric fireplace insert placed inside a more classic-looking facade. A rusted-out steel fireplace inset will be unsafe, wont’ work properly, and will be costly to replace.

If corbeling is necessary to achieve proper size or location of the air inlet, it should be limited to a maximum horizontal projection of one-half (1/2) the distance from the ashpit face to the exterior of the fireplace assembly, see Fig. A traditional fireplace will also produce a significant amount of smoke, and therefore must have a chimney built to strict specifications. Following current building codes will help you make sure that your hearth is both legal and safe.

With over 75 years’ experience in the hearth business, we are the Hearth Experts.” When you choose Fireside Hearth & Home you are partnering with the only fully integrated hearth business in the building industry. Above you can see that there is a 2×4 trim on the sides and top of where the interior box should be, I built that into the frame and it is inset from the shell of the fireplace so that I could tile the 2×4’s to make a tiled fireplace surround like you would see on an actual fireplace. Another great reason to use tile is that just like when tiling a kitchen backsplash, tiling a fireplace only requires a few tiles.

Be sure you avoid overfilling your hearth (the USFA suggests building smaller fires that burn completely and produce less smoke), and never use liquid accelerants such as kerosene or gasoline to hurry it along. One rule of thumb is that when residue builds up more than 1/8th of an inch, it is time to clean your fireplace and chimney. All Mendota gas fireplaces, gas fireplace inserts and gas stoves can burn natural gas or be converted to burn propane (LP).

A larger hearth can provide hard surfaced, easier to clean storage areas for firewood and other fuel supplies, stove tools, and other related items. While not as durable as granite, slate fireplace tiles make up for it in their beautiful natural variation of color. For a graphic definition of fireplace components and a section through an energy-efficient fireplace, refer to Fig. All void areas within the body of the fireplace from the foundation through the chimney should be solidly filled with masonry mortared in place. The inside of a hearth may use different materials than what’s outside, however.

Instead of ducting combustion air to the fireplace, which does nothing to change room pressure, add a makeup air system linked to the exhaust fans.While improper design and location is a major cause of poor fireplace performance, tighter house construction and powerful exhaust fans must share some of the blame. Ron had a pretty stark fireplace that clearly dominated the room with its wall-to-wall hearth and floor-to-ceiling brick. Note also that the superimposed hearth should be wider than the stove (left and right) by a minimum of 150cm and that the perimeter should be visually apparent” (see 2.26 below).how to build a fireplace hearth

They did not come into general use immediately, however, as they were expensive to build and maintain. But a better solution is to design out cold hearth syndrome at the planning stage by bringing the fireplace and chimney in from the cold. We’ve always wanted a fireplace but we live in a condo so we can’t have a chimney built and we don’t really like any of the gas fireplaces that come with the mantel so we decided to give this a try.