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Fireplace wall vent question

Posted by mooie (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 9, 09 at 22:02

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!

Teresa


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RE: Fireplace wall vent question

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?


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RE: Fireplace wall vent question

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.


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