A door gasket is a valuable tool for fireplace because it helps ensure that excess air will not get inside. Installing a door gasket on a fireplace is a fairly simple procedure. Follow the guide below if you are thinking about doing this yourself.
Step 1 - Allow the Fireplace to Cool
If you have been using the fireplace, give it a chance to cool down entirely before proceeding on. The unit should be cool to the touch.
Step 2 - Get Protected
Put on your safety goggles and rubber gloves before proceeding with this project. You don't want to get any ashes in your eyes during the installation.
Step 3 - Remove the Old Gasket
If you had a door gasket in there previously, scrape it out to make room for the new one. Clean the inside of the channel for the gasket out with a damp cloth, pulling out remaining pieces of old gasket along the way. Then clean that area with a dry cloth to remove the dust.
Step 4 - Cut the Gasket Rope
Measure out the length of the channel that you just cleaned out. Cut our stove gasket rope to the length you measured,but leave some extra at the end to work with. At this time, check the width of the rope to ensure that it will fit properly in the channel. If not, you may have to buy a different size of rope.
Step 5 - Prepare the Cement
Take your stove gasket cement and squeeze a bead of it right inside the channel. This may ooze out once you shut the door, so don't squeeze out any more than you have to. You just need enough to adhere the rope into the channel.
Step 6 - Put the Rope in the Channel
Using a flat edged screwdriver or similar tool, gently push the rope into the channel were the cement is. Make sure to push in the entire rope, starting at one end and working your way down. Cut off any excess rope that you may have at the end. Then shut the door to test if everything fits properly. If you have trouble closing the door,try pushing the rope in a bit more. Wipe off any excess cement that may come out with a damp cloth while it is still wet. You will have trouble doing so once it is dry.
Step 7 - Allow the Cement to Dry
Keep the door to the fireplace open and allow the cement to dry for at least an hour. Some manufacturers require different drying times, so check the package for an accurate time reference. Once everything is dry, you can slowly build up your first fire. Don't bring up the heat too suddenly with the first go around. If all goes according to plan, you should now have a new gasket to last through the winter.