Hole under fireplace?


Old 12-04-05, 12:18 PM
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Hole under fireplace?

I was cleaning out the fireplace in our new home and found a grate covering a hole underneath the fireplace. What is that for?
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Old 12-04-05, 01:40 PM
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It should be for the ash dump - if you have a basement that's where the actual dump is located and there should be a cleanout door in the basement. If you don't have a basement - the door should be located on the exterior of the chimney somewhere
Old 12-11-05, 09:15 AM
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Please define what you mean by "underneath the fireplace". If you mean in the floor of the firebox (where the wood burns), it is probably an ash dump. If, instead, you mean a grate, like an air register, and it is on the face of the fireplace under the hearth, it may be to take cold air in under the firebox which is heated by the fire, and then exits as hot air via a similar grate at the top of the fireplace (also facing into the room). Hope that helps.
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