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Old 08-10-2013, 07:55 PM   #1
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I just found this site and was reading the article that someone had the same problem I had. with the 4 ugly vents in front of the fp. I replied but not sure I did it right because I was not registered. I am now and would like to continue that conversation with that person and answers he was given.. how do I track it down again?

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Old 08-10-2013, 08:23 PM   #2
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That original poster, hasn't been back on the board, since that thread. Since its a 7 year old thread. Doubt you'll get any answers from him. And harry hasn't been on for 9 months, so may not get an answer from him either.

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So what's the question?
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Post a picture if you can----Those ugly vents are connecter to tubes in the fire box that heat up the room air---a nice feature, but ,as you know,rather ugly---
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Yes, post a pic of your fireplace.
Would you be open to going over your brick with stone?

We have friends that shortly after moving into their home,
they 'stoned' over their brick fireplace with stone.

I mention this cause we have a heatelator fireplace.
Our FP is large stone. We do not have grills, only have one
stone on each side that has no mortar around it, and the
heat comes out the front around these stones. ( hope
this is clear) There are no grills, and the missing mortar
around the two stones where the
heat escapes from -- is not visible at all.

Perhaps, a mason can jump in and tell you if this is
an option for you.

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Old 08-15-2013, 12:30 PM   #6
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I think I misinformed you when I wrote a couple of days ago that my older FP has heatotors .They are not heatators but vents. I have no fan or switches in my fp. The vent only omit a slight amount of heat when the fp is on, you have to stand right in front of it to feel it. The vents are about 8x8 and I want get rid of them sheetrock over the stone. can I? Or change them to 4x4 if I can't cover them. I want to cover and update the look an put a full mantel with legs and tile around the inside and put a new heart. Help.......
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You definitely have a heatolator! Those vents are designed to move heat by convection and don't require a fan. You would be creating a safety hazard by capping them off and stopping the airflow.
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If you post a pic of the FP, it would be helpful.
How big is the FP ? (wide and tall)
Why are there 4 grills?
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i'm going to try to upload a picture.(.i'm kind like dummys 101 here haha) because i'm confused now . my neighbor who knows my fp and in the contractor business said I could cover them it's just air flow as long as I have open front .hope I can do it... thanks for your answering my question
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here it is...
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oh my, I was expecting something in your face ugly. This is not bad at all.
You do need to replace the grates with new grates, they look to be in bad
shape. When you find replacement grates, you can spray them to match
your FP.
Are the fans behind the grates on the bottom?

If you don't like that idea, then you can explore plan B.
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I don't have any fan behind there. and the air that comes out is so little you can stand in front of it just barley feel it.. I spoke to a few people they said if I cover it with fire protect sheetrock it will be ok. I just don't know... my neighbor took his out completely when he bought the house years ago ..I'm waiting for him to come an look at mine to see if it was the same type. He may know what's in back because the same builder built our 3 houses in row here. thanks again!
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Ok, here's what I would do. Build legs coming down from your existing
mantle such as this photo...you need the air to escape, so on the end
sides of the legs, would would need an opening for the air to escape.
I would think the opening would have to be a few inches wide by most of the length of the legs.
This would not be visible from the front, just from the side -- if you
we're actually looking for it.

I think it would enhance your existing mantle as well...
Also, before installing the legs, you should paint the stones behind
the legs a dark color. The legs should butt up against the FP screen.

Ask the contractor if this would be sufficient for the hot air to escape.

Here is a link to many FP mantles.

https://www.google.com/search?q=fire...w=1024&bih=673
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ok now sounds like something I can live with. but can I ask you just for curiousity, why paint the stone behind the legs a dark color? and do you think I have room to put tile around the face also? if not what if I get a large mantle. thank you
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The legs are going to be hollow inside. You need to make them
with three separate pieces of wood, so that the air from the vents
can circulate. The outside of the legs (facing the walls) will have to
have a cut out so that the air can escape.
There is no room for the tiles as the reason for the hollow legs
is so the air can escape out the ends. You should also remove the grates.

The reason to paint it dark behind the legs is your close by the outside ends
you can look in and you'll see white...The dark color won't be as visible or
noticeable .

If your going to make your mantle over, that would be fine...it would
allow you to have a bit wider legs --if you make the mantle deeper and wider.

I hope that I'm being clear-- the purpose of the legs is to cover the vents,
but still allowing the air to escape from the vents and into the room through
the cut out on the ends.

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