Can someone explain this gap and how to fix?

Old 02-09-13, 02:51 PM
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Can someone explain this gap and how to fix?

Recently we had some basement issues and have started the remodel process. We got to the fireplace wall. We have had this gap here for as long as we have been here. Is it just that the fireplace doesn't fit? Is it something else? Short of buying a new insert, how can I fix this?

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I don't know if you can add a piece of wood to cover the gap - there are rules/regs on how close combustible material can get to the firebox opening. A strip of metal painted black ought to work well.
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It will have to be metal, as wood is a combustible material and that's too close to the firebox. You may be able to find someone who can manufacture a flange for the top and sides that could be painted black and attached via rivets, which could be painted as well.
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Some strong magnets on the back of the flat steel plate would also work to hold it in place.

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