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Old 12-08-2018, 12:39 PM   #16
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What I know of this is that building codes (should you get/need/want a permit) have been described as absolutely demanding a licensed plumber handle the piping (usually black iron) another specialist handle the install, and etc ... sounds like a fun day for all concerned.
Why ? This is a simple install.
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Old 12-08-2018, 12:43 PM   #17
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Hello!

Been lurking around for a while, finally made a profile, have questions.

Our house was originally all electric, I converted it to gas and had run an extra tap for a gas fireplace (future proofing!). The other day my wife found a 36" direct vent (horizontal) propane fireplace on facebook market place for $160. Bought it and looks like we will be starting this project in the spring. In the meantime I have done plenty of construction but have never added a fireplace into an existing structure.

Now on to the questions:

-We have natural gas, this is propane. I plan on calling the manufacturer for what needs to be done to convert it back to gas (if it's like HVAC it will just be the orifice i expect) anyone see any issues?

I plan to cut the siding, build the frame then go through the exterior wall, finish framing and cover everything up. I know there is a 2 inch gap between the vent and any flammable material (i inch on sides and bottom) but are there any general restrictions for the distance of the back of the fireplace to the outside wall? Or any height off the floor?

Any other ideas or anything related to this will help, thanks!
If you're not going with a real wood burning fireplace, why not just install a ventless ? They're basically the same as vented but even easier to install than direct vent. I actually removed my wood burner from the basement and installed a ventless - ez pz
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Old 12-16-2018, 04:55 PM   #18
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See post 10, that one has no cut joists.
Does your fire place have 2 triangle shaped metal things on the top near the front.


The box out side is 60 inches wide and 2 ft deep but if you are going up under the eaves you adjust the depth to fit the eaves.


What kind of siding do you have.
Yea, that will likely be the design I go with. I was thinking about putting 45 degree supports and anchoring them to the concrete wall of the basement.

It does have the metal triangles, I'm assuming those are spacers to make sure you don't put combustible construction material too close to the heat source.

Since we have a 36 inch fireplace, I was going to keep the box to about 48". Do you think that will be an issue? Or is the 60" future proofing in case someone puts a larger fireplace in the future? We won't have to worry about the eaves, they are higher up.
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Old 12-16-2018, 04:59 PM   #19
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If you're not going with a real wood burning fireplace, why not just install a ventless ? They're basically the same as vented but even easier to install than direct vent. I actually removed my wood burner from the basement and installed a ventless - ez pz
We got a direct vent off Facebook Marketplace because it was a good deal, and I don't want to eat up so much floor space into the living room. 12" for the hearth is enough but i was worried doing a ventless would take up more room.
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