Fireplaces

A place in a home connected to a chimney where logs of wood are burnt in order to heat a room

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How much does it cost to build a wood burning fireplace?

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Can you burn cedar deck wood in wood stove?

Cedar- yes. Wood that has been treated to resist rot/insects, no. THAT wood has been treated with Chrome/ Copper/ Arsenic (known as CCA) and the smoke is VERY bad for you.

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Can you burn wood in fireplace in California?

Due to air quality problems, there will be AREAS with CA where it is not permitted- and some areas where you cannot get a building permit to install one.

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How do you get a chimney damper to stay closed?

Most dampers are designed to close DOWN, and are kept closed by the weight of the damper. Get a pair of safety glasses and a flashlight, check for foreign material or mortar that may be keeping the damper from seating, and that the metal of the damper plate is not warped.

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How deep does a fireplace need to be?

Most building codes require that the firebox be at least 20 inches deep (except for a different style of fireplace, called a Rumsford, which can be 12 inches) Check YOUR local building codes. Also, make sure that the chimney extends the proper height above your roof or the fireplace won't draw.

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How do you clean brick on a fireplace surround?

First, brush off the loose ashes. Spray the brick with water. Then, mix a mild cleaner with water and use that to clean off the soot.

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Does outdoor fireplace need to be vented?

If it is outdoors, it IS vented.

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How do you clean melted fabric off the bottom of your iron?

We used to keep a block of paraffin wax wrapped in cheescloth. Once in awhile, we would run the hot iron over the wax and wipe off the residue. This resulted in a slick, clean iron.

To remove melted plastic and fabrics, heat at low setting just until material softens, and scrape off with a smooth piece of wood, a wooden spatula or half a clothespin. If some remains, make a paste with baking soda and water and rub or try silver polish. Wipe off with damp cloth. For a non-stick soleplate, rub gently with nylon mesh pad and suds. Acetone or nail polish remover may remove melted polyester.

[Info from the Home Maintenance And Repair Database at the Michigan State University website]

Fabric stores carry an iron cleaning product in the notions department. It is a thick cream that is applied to a hot iron and rubbed around with an old towel. I've used it for years.

The name is iron-off, I think it is made by fritz.

YOu can also clean molten plastic off a nonstick iron with a bit of salt. Put a tablespoon of salt onto a paper towel, and scrub the hot iron onto it.

I'm a very careless ironer and often have to spend time freeing the soleplate from a build up of melted fabric ( I presume that's all it is- anything else would clean off easily with a damp rag?) I've tried all the methods above ( most of which basically scratch the stuff off- not what you want with a non-stick soleplate) and found that on a teflon soleplate the thing that works best is nail polish remover; dunk a wadge of cotton wool in the polish, then wrap it over the end of a wooden spatula, then you can 'scrub' hard without burning your fingers and it REALLY DOES work! I was afraid the polish might damage the teflon, but so far it looks intact. Hope this helps someone.

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What is h5 tanalised wood?

Tanalised is a term used in Europe for wood that has been treated to resist rot and insects. In the US it is known as CCA, after the metals used in treating the wood- Chrome, Copper, and Arsenic. This wood has been withdrawn from consumer contact applications- like handrails, surface deck boards, etc, due to concerns about arsenic leaching out of the wood. Wood treated with arsenic should NOT be burned due to health hazards, and safety measures should be taken to avoid breathing dust if sand, sawing or routing treated lumber.

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Is it safe to burn a fire in a mobile home fireplace?

Yes, if you have a fireplace designed for a mobile home, and it is in good condition.

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Does a Bionaire electric fireplace heater use a lot of energy?

ALL electric heaters tend to use a lot of energy. You will need to look at the wattage for the heater in question. Despite some of the ads for different electric heaters, most have similar efficency.

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Is it legal to set a baby on fire?

Who would ask a question like this lol! It is considered murder so yes it is illegal.

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How is white oak to burn in a wood stove?

Seasoned (dry) white oak may be one of the BEST woods you can use. Oak, hickory, and ash wood have high heat values, low creosote production, and long lasting coals. Good stuff!

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Is black locust wood safe to burn in a fireplace?

Yes, it burns very hot. Many find the smell unpleasant, but it is as safe as any other wood to burn.

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Natural Gas

How do you hook up a natural gas appliance?

It is easiest if the gas line and the electrical outlet are already set up in your home. At that point, it is easy to set up the appliance.

When hooking up a new or used gas appliance it is required that you use a new gas line. I always try to use a flexible line and make sure it is extra long so the appliance can be moved in and out. Shut the gas off at the valve and remove old gas line and replace with a new one. They do have different sizes, so you can take the old one to your nearest home depot type store to ensure the correct size. They also have the needed fittings to do most jobs,always use thread compound on the joints and check for gas leaks when done with soapy water..Good Luck.

Consult with a legally licensed gas fitter/plumber. If you do it and something goes awry you will not be covered by your home insurance and you really don't want it to happen now do you. Best it be legal and done rite...

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How do you refill a gas fireplace?

They are usually supplied with natural gas from a supply line, and do not require refilling. If supplied from a compressed gas tank, you have that tank refilled or replaced.

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Is sterno safe for fireplace use?

Yes, and there are false fireplaces made that use Sterno type fuels. Not much in the way of heat, but used for "mood" fires.

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What is used in front of a fireplace?

a hearth and a fireplace screen

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How can I replace my fireplace glass?

You can probably find a place that sales these type of glass, but it would be easier to visit a hardware store, that way you can make sure you're getting a good quality product.

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How do you protect kids from a wood stove that will not be in use without spending a fortune?

There isn't a big danger if it isn't in use. The only danger would be if they fell and hit themselves on it. You'll just have to watch them carefully around the wood stove and teach them not to run around it and to be careful. Kids can learn at a really young age the proper behavior around different things or people.

Secure the door with a plastic wrap and tie it well, to prevent anyone from opening the door.

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Why will my Electric fireplace will not turn on manually or with remote?

well, since its electric it might have had a fuse because mey be the remote cell have got a weak power in the battery try new cells

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Is it safe to burn wood from old power poles in your house?

NO. They have been treated with preservatives that will produce possibly poisonous gases.

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How much does a cord of fire wood weigh?

A cord is defined as 128 cubic feet (3.62 m3), corresponding to a woodpile 4 feet (122 cm) wide, 4 feet (1.2 m) high and 8 feet (244 cm) long. So the weight would depend on the type of wood. Cherry or apple would weigh several times what balsa would.

Also, the pieces of wood are irregular in shape so you would not be able to weigh a "cord" of wood with precision. That is why "cord" is a term of measure not weight, just like inch, foot, yard, mile, square ft., etc.

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A cord of wood, dried and stacked well, will vary in weight from about 2000 to 4000 pounds. Clearly, softwoods, such as pine, will weigh on the lighter side and hardwoods on the heavier. If the wood is not dried, it is likely to weigh from 3000 to 5500 pounds, but different woods contain different amounts of water, so it is a little harder to predict without knowing the specifics.

There is a good web page with information about this, run by the University of Nebraska, at the link below. It provides a good deal of information, including weight of a cord, by species, dried and not.

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How do you build an outdoor support for a swamp cooler?

this depends on the location you are wanting to put the swamp cooler in a window on the first floor should be easy, on a roof or cutting a hole in a wall or in a window on a 2nd or 3rd floor is much more difficult.

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What happens when you burn fresh cut wood in your fireplace?

Wet wood does not burn well. Freshly cut "green" (live) wood can be up to 80 percent water. This water has to be converted to steam and leave the wood before it can burn. While this is happening, the temperature that the wet wood can reach is limited to less than 300 degrees Fahrenheit, dramatically lowering the heat produced by the primary burn. Additionally, the rising steam can significantly extinguish the secondary burn occurring above.

Always dry your wood by seasoning it before burning. It usually takes at least six months to dry wood to the desired 20% moisture content for burning, but can often take 12 months or more.

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