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    Another New Fireplace...Work In Progress

    For the past several weeks I've been working on a gas fireplace for our family room. That's our big family Christmas gift this year. It's a new installation from scratch, and required the building of a chase off the back of the house, 45' of gas line, firebox installation, electrical, inspections, hearth, surround, and a new oak mantel. It's still not quite completed, but I can see daylight at the end of the tunnel now...just need to put another clear finish coat, and then my wife needs to make a decision with the surround material between the fireplace front and the mantel (prolly granite or marble tile)....the dry wall "blue board" is temporarily painted black to drown out the bright blue color. It may be a while before that decision is made, but it's functioning and we're using it as is for now. Here's the progression so far:












    The mantel is mostly QSWO, and red oak on the main front face, sides and feet. The arched molding is one piece of QSWO. I would have loved to put some fluting on those legs but got outvoted by SWMBO....I outweigh her by 100#, you'd think I'd be able to swing these things my way!
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    Scott, that is WONDERFUL

    Wow, that a change!
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    That is sweet Scott Great design, and I love the way you worked in the quarter sawn with the flat sawn. AWESOME

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    Yeah, quite the job! Just how deep did you go for the support structure, right down to the footings?
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    I would say SWEET, you pulled that one off perfectly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Mulder View Post
    Yeah, quite the job! Just how deep did you go for the support structure, right down to the footings?
    Art - That addition was built by the previous owners in 1987, and the footings for a wood burning brick fireplace were put in then, so yes, it goes down the full 42"...I just added the top tier. They just never proceeded with construction of the FP. We thought long and hard about going with a wood burner. We already have a traditional wood burning open face fireplace in our MBR, which was the original living room prior to the addition being added. That fireplace gets used a few times a year...we love it when it's used but didn't want the new fireplace to suffer the same neglect. There's really not much comparison between the sensations from a traditional wood burner and a gas unit, but a guy I work with put it best...."Yeah, the wood burners are great, you'll love it every time you use it....but you'll love a gas fireplace everyday...". He was profoundly correct. Now if I could just find a decent synthetic crackle noise for it...the silence is deafening.
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    Nice job Scott!!
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    Real nice Scott!!
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    Great job, Scott.

    My first house had a woodburning fireplace with a gas log in it, and I said before I moved in that I was going to take out the gas and go back to wood. Then I actually tried the gas fire and saw how easy and convenient it was. The gas setup stayed, and when we bought our current house, one of the first things I did was add a gas log to the fireplace. (It was already plumbed for gas, so it was an easy job.) If we were using the fireplace for heat, I'd do something different, but for us, it's primarily for decoration, so the gas is our preference.
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    Wow! Nice work Scott. I really like the look of that QS Oak.

    I had gas logs in the last house and I agree with Vaughn, much cleaner. Ours was an insert like yours and would heat our house if the electricity was out.
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