New mantle and surround

Old 02-16-00, 10:31 AM
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I have a fireplace in our condo that I'd like to add a wooden mantle and surround to, but I'm not sure I have the space to do it safely.

The opening of the fireplace is appx. 30"x30". It is located on the right side of a brick wall that is around 10'x12'. It is set up in this way because the condo on the other side of the wall also has a fireplace that shares the brick wall, and uses the other side for its opening.

On the right side of the wall, there is only around 8 inches of brick separating the opening of the fireplace and the end of the wall. Is this enough room to put, for example, a 4" wooden side panel, or would that be a fire hazard? If I can't do side pieces, do you have any other recommendations for dressing up this fireplace?

I was also wondering if you know anything about devices for fireplaces that help to push the heat out. I enjoy using our fireplace, but it doesn't do much to help heat the room, and I've heard that there are things that can be done to fix this.

Old 02-17-00, 08:29 PM
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You should have no problem with a wooden surround. You can get kits that are fairly easy to install at a good fireplace accessory shop, as well as a blower-grate assembly selection. Look in Yellow Pages. You should be able to find what you want for both in one of those shops.

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