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Fireplace Conversion

Project by MoshupTrail posted 06-21-2013 11:36 PM 2480 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After moving into our new home, we decided to put the 1980’s style wood burning fireplace to rest and update the living room. We chose a linear gas fireplace with a bed of glass beads. It has a blower that will heat the room effectively. This is a pretty straightforward project. No tricks. Just a lot of hard work!

Tearing down the brick (sorry about the sideways pic – its vertical on my pc)

Nothing left, but the fireplace itself.

Boxes of bricks to cart away. About 2 tons total!

Reframe the interior. You must use fireproof insulation and create a fire barrier above.
The new fireplace is “direct vent” so the entire length of flue pipe was removed.

Ready to install the new fireplace

Installed by the Pro’s (I don’t mess with gas)

Installing the quartz facing. I used a special low-slip thinset from Tile Shop. It worked very well even though the quartz tiles were heavy.

All done!

We will skip the rest of the room. Flooring, paint, etc.

-- There are two kinds of people in the world: those that divide all the people into two kinds, and those that don't.



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MarkTheFiddler

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posted 06-22-2013 08:29 PM

Sweet job. I like that you elevated the hearth. Nice job on the entire room.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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MoshupTrail

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posted 06-22-2013 09:02 PM

Thanks Mark. My wife’s idea. Put it at eye-level for seating. Also, eliminate the massive hearth on the floor and make the room look a little larger. You can see where I had to replace a section of floor about 6 feet by 16” in several of the pictures. Beefy concrete supports in the basement held the weight of the original facing. The quartz stacked stone only weighs about 300 lbs for the whole wall.

-- There are two kinds of people in the world: those that divide all the people into two kinds, and those that don't.

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MarkTheFiddler

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posted 06-24-2013 03:52 AM

Wow. I never considered the weight advantage. That’s huge. Now you got me looking at my hearthstone for removal. Thanks for the perspective.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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rhybeka

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posted 06-30-2013 03:00 PM

Very nice Mosh! Love that quartz :) I’m doing porcelain to reface our brick fireplace and man it’s heavy enough! looks like a groutless install, is that true?

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MoshupTrail

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posted 06-30-2013 07:24 PM

Right. It’s a “stacked stone” look.

-- There are two kinds of people in the world: those that divide all the people into two kinds, and those that don't.

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mjsb

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posted 07-17-2013 01:18 PM

Very nice way to bring a remodeled room up to a bright living area, again nice.

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