Wood Burning Fireplaces

Old 02-22-03, 08:42 AM
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Wood Burning Fireplaces

We are building an outdoor entertainment area and want a wood burning fireplace - built-in. We bought a book that has beautiful plans, but there is a disclaimer that says" If converting to wood burning, these plans would have to be redesigned by an architect or mason to accommodate firebox, flue and chimney changes." Obviously, if we could afford to have someone else do the work, we would not be here asking for help. Does anyone know what alterations to the firebox, flue and chimney that they are referring to?
Old 02-22-03, 09:06 AM
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First problem here is that you are probably required to have a permit in the constuction of this unit. You didn't do this and now are faced with a dilema.

Second is depending on what kind of plan book you got will determine what degree of conversion is required. Plan books don't quite fit the bill in most municipalities. Most homeowners don't realize that there are fire codes that apply not just to a home in general but also to fireplaces, inside or outside and whether you install or have a professional do it, they all require permits.

It is recommended that you have a professional fireplace installer look at what you have and what you are wanting. It is true that most likely you will need plans drawn for this application. Check with your local building official as to what is required before proceding further with your endeavor. This will save you future headaches.

Hope this helps!
Old 02-22-03, 08:00 PM
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If you are looking for a fireplace and not a firepit, then check out the Oasis LS0-43 outdoor fireplace by Lennox (same as Lennox heating and Air). This is a built in fireplace with a stainless steel front and comes standard with stainless steel mesh curtain and grate. There are even optional glass doors and a weather cover to keep the wind and rain out of the fireplace. The minimum system height is 7' 8" if detatched (freestanding) from your house. You can burn wood or gas in this product without any alterations. Check with the local building department for permit requirements.
The website is www. lennoxhearthproducts.

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