Gas fireplace into a faux fireplace

Old 02-14-07, 02:18 PM
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Gas fireplace into a faux fireplace


My 1920 house in Medford, MA has a faux fireplace in the living room. I wanted to put that to use with a direct vent gas fireplace.

It is on an exterior wall between 2 windows. There is no chimney, just a black cavity painted in black. The problem is that the cavity is about 9" deep.
Is there any fireplace that would fit in there?

The living room is quite small, maybe 120 sqft. So a small unit would be good enough. Does anyone have a recommendation?

A friend suggested me to move the entire mantel forward. It's an old one, gum wood, lots of detail, I would hate to damage it. Is this the only way to put a fireplace there? The mantel is about 8" thick, so the cavity is "into" the wall already. Can I "dig" more into the wall? How much space between the fireplace and the outside of the house I need?

Old 02-14-07, 02:41 PM
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Dont use a ventless there . Get a vent one and put a flue in

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