You can install a fireplace hood over your fireplace in order to contain back drafts and control the flow of heat that is produced by your fireplace. A fireplace hood is a simple overhang that is attached to the front of the fireplace. The process for installing a fireplace hood involves the following tools and materials as well as steps described in this how-to article.
The fireplace hood can also provide an attractive addition to your home fireplace and also give it a distinctive look. You should consider the installation of a fireplace hood that matches the manufacturer of your own fireplace and go with a hood that is easy to install and maintain. The fireplace manufacturer may be able to provide you with hood ideas that best compliment your fireplace.
Step 1: Purchase Materials for Fireplace Hood Installation
From a home improvement store you need to purchase a fireplace hood that is designed for your home’s fireplace. In addition to the purchase of the fireplace hood, you will need the installation hardware necessary to mount the fireplace hood. This includes the hood bracket, which the fireplace hood is mounted to in the front, the lintel bracket, which is attached inside the fireplace and the necessary bolts, nuts and washers. You will also need to acquire a masonry drill bit since you will need to drill through the fireplace brick wall in order to mount the bracket.
Step 2: Mount the Hood Bracket
To begin the installation of the fireplace hood, remove all of the fireplace tools and any other materials and furniture that is near the fireplace. In order to mount the hood bracket you need to mark the holes for the bracket and use the masonry bit on the drill in order to make the holes necessary for the bracket install. Once the holes have been drilled, mount the bracket in place and tighten using the accompanying bolts.
Step 3: Mount the Lintel Bracket
In addition to the hood bracket, the lintel bracket must be attached. The lintel bracket is placed inside the fireplace and connects at the bottom with a long threaded bolt that threads through the hood bracket and the lintel bracket. Place the lintel bracket behind the front of the fireplace and tighten the bolt once it has been placed through the 2 brackets.
Step 4: Place the Fireplace Hood on the Bracket
With the brackets installed and secured with the appropriate bolts, place the fireplace hood over the bracket. The fireplace hood should snap over the hood bracket and lock into place. This will complete the installation of the fireplace hood. Check to make sure that the fireplace hood is secured and does not pull away or feel loose if you move it from the bottom of the hood lip.