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Thread: Bye Bye, Old Ugly Fireplace!

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    Bye Bye, Old Ugly Fireplace!

    Well, this morning I woke up, got on the interwebs, drank some coffee.

    Went back to the living room. Made some waffles, drank more coffee, turned on the TV. Accidently got on some 'home improvment' type shows.

    Drank a little more coffee.

    Looked at the ugly fireplace. Drank a little more coffee.

    Decided that this was the day the ugly, dangerous, I don't feel safe building a fireplace in, heat stealing, (did I mention ugly) fireplace needed to die.

    So I ripped the sucker out....

    Next weekend, roof repair. I figure the thing has been leaking for 20 years, another week won't kill it....

    I've finally got a project!!!

    I plan on replacing the fireplace with a 'media' alcove. Thinking something kind of craftsman like. The new fireplace will go on the left. Will order it this week.

    I just couldnt take it anymore!!!!



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    Wow all that coffee worked, sure gave you the energy to really make that old fireplace go away Look forward to the new improved version. I love craftsman design so I am going to closely watch your build

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    Yep, that coffee will do it to you every time.
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    Hooray and good for you! My very ugly fireplace is on my list. Too bad I don't drink coffee.
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    When we built this house we couldn't get a wood burning fireplace. LOML bought an electric insert from Lowes. I built a fireplace enclosure for it. I'll take pics and post em soon. the insert coll it just plugs in to a wall socket and you can have flames or flames and heat.
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    Where I live, we are on 'all electric'. No gas lines. The gas fireplaces are super convenient, and provide heat, but not sure how efficient that is. I guess I could run some propane, but Hank Hill aside, that may not be all that cost effective either.

    One of my main goals with this project is purely functional. A way of heating up the majoritiy of the house in the winter. The fireplace I'm going to get will have an enclosed combustion chamber, fans for the blowing out the heat, and will use outside air for combustion. They can be pretty efficient from what I hear.

    We currently have electric baseboards, which, to be honest, I like from the quiet and steadyness of the heat, but I don't like from the amount of electricity they consume... If I can come up with a way of heating the house during the daylight hours with wood, I like that idea. I could either buy several hundred dollars of wood, or go and collect my own, and come out way ahead over electric heat...
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    I wish I could get rid of my fireplace that easy. It's brick, 6' wide, and the previous owners painted it baby blue. They did this, then put an insert in it. But it does work fairly well. Look forward to seeing the rest of your progress, and maybe I should start drinking coffee. Jim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    If I can come up with a way of heating the house during the daylight hours with wood, I like that idea.
    uh, Brent..... you live in a desert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim O'Dell View Post
    I wish I could get rid of my fireplace that easy. It's brick, 6' wide, and the previous owners painted it baby blue. They did this, then put an insert in it. But it does work fairly well. Look forward to seeing the rest of your progress, and maybe I should start drinking coffee. Jim.

    Might there be a way to remove the paint. Say like sealing the area off with plastic & blasting it with some sort of soft media or what ever will remove the paint without damaging the surface or morter.
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    Deserts are warm, in the SUMMER!!!!


    Very rarely is it warm, even at night in the summer, but the winters do get a bit chilly! Fortunately, firewood is close by, in the Sierras!
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