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Rip out old fireplace put in electric

Posted by DIY_GUY_419 none (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 25, 12 at 0:21

We have a huge family room, 17x25. It has a high ceiling, about 17 ft i believe,

Any how, there is a wood burner fireplace in it that I just don't use and would rather have gas.

It used to have a 20 inch high hearth in front of it (I ripped it out),

We want to put in a gas fireplace at ground level, built into the wall.

I made a sketch up, sorry using MS Paint. And I think the dimesions maybe off. But anyhow, what do you guys suggest?

How much are we looking at?

I was at a local Fireplace store and he showed me some electric fireplaces as well that you can run with a 240w line. Anyone try those?

Should we go direct vent, or b-vent?

Waiting for all your awesome replies!


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RE: Rip out old fireplace put in electric

Are you looking for simple ambiance or real heat producing capabilities?


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RE: Rip out old fireplace put in electric

Ambiance. I know the heat output Is weak. I was wondering What everyone's opinion is. Should we go with no mantle? What kind of face should we put around the fireplace, if any?

Any input would be helpful.


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RE: Rip out old fireplace put in electric

The more info you provide the better the answers you will receive.
As in what style is your home, the room, the lifestyle you lead? A cottage style home would have a far different aesthetic than a modern.

Also, this is the Landscape design forum- I'd suggest that you head over to home decorating where there is no scarcity of opinion :)
Link below-

Here is a link that might be useful: Home decor forum


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RE: Rip out old fireplace put in electric

  • Posted by catkim San Diego 10/24 (My Page) on
    Thu, Oct 25, 12 at 11:42

Proportions matter, and the tiny little box you show is out of proportion to the size of the room. It has the proportions of a wall heater in a bathroom, small and insignificant. A fireplace should have some degree of presence if you desire ambience. Even a very modern and minimalist fireplace will have more visual impact than your sketch implies.


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RE: Rip out old fireplace put in electric

Hi there, if you want really strong supplemental heat, I would go for an infrared electric fireplace, they usually provide more heat than a regular electric fireplace. You can get a larger insert, say 33", and get it with a trim kit to answer your question about what kind of "face" you want to put around it. Hope that helps!

Here is a link that might be useful: Electric Fireplace Inserts and Trim Kit Bundles


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