Replacing gas insert fireplace

Old 03-30-13, 10:46 AM
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Replacing gas insert fireplace

We are remodeling our house ourselves (pretty much learning everything as we go) and now it's a turn to replace the old fireplace we have.
We removed the old insert and demolished the break wall. Here is what we currently have:
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We are going to buy a new insert and would like to install stone veneer but I am not sure if we should frame it first. This is how we want it to look:
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Do we need to frame it first to make it come out like the fireplaces in the pictures? If framing is necessary, could you please make some suggestions on how we can do it?
Thanks a lot!
Old 03-30-13, 11:05 AM
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Can't help you much as to the framing aspect but have you picked out an insert yet ?
It would seem to me that it would have certain specs that you would need to follow as far as framing needs.

Others will stop by and help with the framing requirements.
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No, we haven't picked one yet, just trying to understand all steps that we need to follow first. Once we have a general idea, we will buy one...
Old 03-30-13, 04:13 PM
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You will want to pick out the insert first. That will give you all the information you need from the framing of the opening, venting, to what types of material, and how close, can be attached up to the insert.

After the framing, you will then attach Sheetrock or a cement/Hardi type board for your stone veneer. Veneer will adhere fine to Sheetrock, but I tossed in the cement/Hardi just to cover the bases.
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Many gas fireplace inserts have instructions for building "mantles," anything that overhangs the top of the fireplace.

Staying within the mantle design specified by the manufacturer is very important. Gas fireplaces often let a lot of heat esacpe from the top of the fireplace, and a combustible mantle that is exposed to that heat can catch on fire.

You want to design the framing according to that specified for the fireplace you buy, as suggested in other posts. And pay attention to guidance on mantles, too!

Also, read carefully what the manufacturer specifies for combustion air. For some fireplaces that's built into the design, for others it can be quite critical.

Frankly, I would recommend against DIY installtion of a gas fireplace. There are too many things you probably aren't going to pay attention to.

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