Need advice on how to update woodburning fireplace.


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Old 03-23-14, 04:23 PM
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Need advice on how to update woodburning fireplace.

I have a wood burning fireplace in my 1955 rambler style house. I would like to use it next winter to heat the basement or possibly the entire house. My basement is partially finished but lacks the hvac necessary to keep warm(well some heat vents but no returns).

I have not used my fireplace since buying the house 2 years ago. The clay flue has micro cracks and creosote build up and the firebox is not enclosed(see picture).

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8wmvgj0vi3q9ekg/IMAG0081.jpg

I plan to add one of those round stainless steal flue liners and need some advice for the firebox.

I'm assuming i need some sort of insert to connect to the new flue liner and enclose the fire, I would also like blowers to to circulate heat. Looking around the web, most inserts I've seen go into an existing box, but my fireplace doesn't have sides!

1. Do I brick up the sides and put in an insert?
2. Can I get an insert that is supposed to go into this type of fireplace
3. If I put an insert in, do I remove the damper?
4. I don't want to spend a ton of money, but would like it to look nice and be useful.

Any advice, ideas, suggestions, opinions are welcome. I'm very handy and do a lot of DIY stuff, but I'm not even sure where to get started on this project.

extra info: dimensions of the fireplace opening is 57.5" wide, 15.5" deep, 22.5" tall

THANKS!
 
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Old 03-24-14, 06:32 PM
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I received some answers/suggestions from another forum...

Sounds like I can install an insert but the small opening would a problem. It might be possible to take some layers of brick off the hearth but this should be done by a professional. I can always brick up the sides for aesthetics if I find an insert that will fit my opening.

The damper would be left in the open position to allow for the flex duct flue to come down in the firebox. The area around the flue linear at the damper would need to be sealed to prevent drafts.

Another suggestion I received to save money would be to put a wood burning stove on the hearth next to the fireplace(my hearth extends outside of the picture) and connect to the new flue tube.
 
 

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