Fireplace wall vent question

mooieApril 9, 2009

My fireplace has 4 side vents. Two towards the bottom by the glass doors and two up above the mantel. As far as I know, they don't *do* anything. Maybe expel chimney heat, but there's no blower or anything. I was wondering if the top two could be removed and drywalled. They are very unattractive. I guess they are there for a reason, just not sure what? : ) Thanks!


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Mooie, I have the same question. We striped the ugly tile off the fireplace, and found 4 square holes; I assume they have some function. What do the side vents do? Can I brick or tile over them without effecting the functioning of the fireplace? If we use an electric insert, will it matter?

    Bookmark   April 22, 2009 at 11:51AM
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I wouldn't mess with them before getting a professional opinion. If you haven't had your chimney cleaned lately, it might be a good idea to hire a competent chimney cleaner to do that and to ask him about the vents and whether you can close them.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 2:13PM
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