I have the ugliest fireplace in the state of Texas! It is made from cheap brick, five feet wide and extends all the way to the ceiling, without a mantle - its just a flat brick wall in the corner of my living room with an ugly 3X3 foot hole for a fire. How can this liability be turned into an asset? Painting is one option but how about some other creative suggestions?
You can look around for a mantle... or you could build one. Often made of wood and sometimes marble or other material.. they surround the opening leading up to a mantle shelf. I have seen them at auctions and at antiques dealers. Or you can look for plans to build one.
We have recently purchased a home that is 11years old. When attempting to use the fireplace I discovered we had a draft coming into the house. We have a stove insert not a fireplace. I have taken the cap off and cleaned the chimney. It was not very dirty. This made no difference. I disconnected the pipe from the top of the stove and checked for draft. Instead of a draft, I have a breeze coming in. This insert was used a lot by the previous owner. I have made sure that there were no appliances running that could cause a negative air pressure. The cap is large and is located on the end of the house about 20-25 feet from the peek. The chimney is sided and rectangular at the top. The top is about 18x30 and only services the fireplace. The cap extends about 8 inches above the flat area at the top the chimney. What should I do or look for to get a draft in my chimney?
Building code requires any chimney to extend above the peak of the highest roof by about 2 feet.... Not just above the roof, it protrudes from.
Any chimney lower than that can be affected by downdraft coming off the higher roof sections. If I am reading you correctly, the solution is to extend your chimney above the highest roof peak of your home by 2 feet.
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