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Old 05-03-2019, 10:03 PM   #1
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I was looking at pics of fireplace framing, and noticed something i find odd, this time instead of drawing my question i made a cardboard model, excuse my lack of craftsmanship, it looks like something from a tim burton movie, *see attached pic* why is there a gap at the top of the fireboxes? You might notice a wall behind where the face of the firebox is, it's because of a wall that is load bearing which I just did like it was a low door (did a header, just a low one)
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Old 05-03-2019, 10:57 PM   #2
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I never put one in, but if I did, the first thing I'd check is how to install the firebox and the chimney so nothing will catch fire. If the manual says keep the wood frames some inches away, then it means keep them away from catching fire.
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I have installed three "Zero Clearance" fireplace inserts and
even if they have the minimal clearance cavity dimensions, your
local building codes may call for some variations in the framing.

are you going to do an insert ?? or an actual masonry brick and mortar
fireplace ?? your local building codes may dictate the framing involved.

I am thinking that what you are looking at with the air space is actually
a load bearing mini-header which would support a heavy stone chimney
surround above the firebox.
check with your local building codes.
and with the ever changing codes and insurance regulations, if you actually
do want to install a fireplace in your home, you might want to check with
your insurance company as well.

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Old 05-04-2019, 06:25 AM   #4
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Most of those metal fireboxes require a 2" minimum clearance from wood. I have installed many in the past, but licensing is now required here to install them.
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