Can I bump out a fireplace like this?
OK, this is the famous fireplace cross section with a gas insert (courtesy of Mendota) ...
I want to bump out the insert in the room to accomodate some built in cabinets on the fireplace flanks like this ...
Simple box out of 2x4's and plywood envisioned.
Fireplace guy said "no" .. but seems do-able to me as long as I make sure there is enough room to bend the ductwork.
My existing masonry firebox is 44" wide and 28" tall, and many inserts are 20" tall or so and seems like plenty of room to maneuver.
Am I crazy?