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Old 06-11-2012, 10:34 AM   #1
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Building a Fireplace Dog House

I am looking for step by step instructions for building a fireplace dog house (that box like structure that protrudes from the side of a home to house the gas fireplace)
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:41 PM   #2
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Sooze, Welcome to the Forum!

not a lot of detail to go on .... but I'll give it a go

first contact the building department and determine what permits and/or construction drawings are needed to obtain the building permit. once obtained ....

1. build a foundation sufficient to properly transfer all live, dead, roof, snow and lateral loads of the fireplace and enclosure to a depth below your frost line and distribute these loads on undisturbed soil.
2. build an enclosed structure of sufficient size so that the fireplace will fit into it with the required clearances. Ensure it is properly attached and sealed to the existing dwelling and supported/attached by the foundation.
3. determine the type of venting that will be used (chimney, direct vent) in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. If using a chimney ensure that it's height is compliant with your local building code.
4. build a roof or other similar to enclose the top of the box structure to shed rain and/or snow. ensure it is properly attached and sealed to the existing dwelling.
5. ensure that the proper type of gas (natural or LP) supply for the fireplace is attached properly to the unit. Install electrical as required for the fireplace.
6. ensure that make-up air is provided to the area of combustion from the exterior of the dwelling.

I may have missed something .... and of course this can be done other ways, and there are many different types of gas fireplaces with different requirements, but you don't provide much information to go on

you could get a zero-clearance fireplace and depending on your existing floor joists may be able to do a cantilevered floor systems to support the fireplace which would eliminate the need for the foundation. You might get a gas fireplace with an oxygen sensor that does not require make-up air. It all depends on more detailed information.

I would start off at the building department and find out their requirements, maybe give a couple of local contractors a call, could even stop by a fireplace store and talk with them about their units and their requirements ....

hope this helps. good luck with your project!

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Pretty mean guy to stick your dog in a fireplace.....
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Pretty mean guy to stick your dog in a fireplace.....
come-on now, at least he did not ask how much it would cost.

Sooze. We will need a lot more info to give helpful answers. Some of these structures sit on the ground and some are cantilevered out of the wall. both are good but each has it's own set of challenges.
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Much simpler to just build a false wall, or buy a fireplace with a boxed in mantel inside the house and not have to deal with the outside at all except for the vent.
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