Gas Fireplace and Mantel

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Project by knotscott posted 12-02-2009 05:19 AM 4762 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We added a gas fireplace to our family room this fall. This was a pretty big undertaking for us, and required that a “chase” be built off the back of the house, 45’ of gas line, the fireplace installation, hearth, and mantel. Originally I was going to hire the gas line and fireplace installation, but to save money I ended up doing it myself. The mantel is primarily QSWO, but also has some plain red oak interspersed.

Below are the updated pics with the surround tiles installed:

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#1 posted 12-02-2009 05:38 AM

very cool. so there is no chimney at all? just a stand alone ‘heater’ fireplace? how well does it heat up the room?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 12-02-2009 05:47 AM

Really nice looking. Well I guess you’re ready to sit around the fire during the Holidays, perfect timiing I’d say.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#3 posted 12-02-2009 06:10 AM

There’s no traditional chimney, but there is a dual vent pipe out the back of the chase, and there’s a blower to push the heat out the front. It’s rated at ~ 30K BTU’s and puts out a fair amount of heat. Heat was a secondary objective, as opposed to primary….there was a similar model that was 48K BTU’s but we passed on that one. My concern was that we’d only be able to have it on for 10 or 15 minutes at a time before we got blasted out by the heat. The one we have heats pretty well without toasting us to a crisp….I’m very glad we didn’t go for the larger unit. This one’ll give enough heat to keep us warm if the power goes out.

The timing worked out well, and we’re really enjoying it. This is definitely considered part of the big family Christmas gift this year.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#4 posted 12-02-2009 06:26 AM

So this is a cool design of fireplace mantel, I’m confused…LOL.
Great piece knotscott, very nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 12-02-2009 11:22 AM

Very nice design. Looks great! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 12-02-2009 12:43 PM

Wow, that is just beautiful. And I agree, prefect timing. I hope the family comes to your house for X-mas.

-- Janice

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#7 posted 12-02-2009 01:04 PM

well done , scott ,

it sure beats the inset black box look !

goes with the room very nice .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 12-02-2009 11:56 PM

Nice to see the project beginning to end. Great work.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#9 posted 12-03-2009 01:52 AM

Wow, Awsome job.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#10 posted 12-04-2009 04:19 AM

Great looking job there! I especially like the curved molding in the center of the mantle surround. The oak looks great.All that work outside the house, is just way too much for me! Congratulations on completeing a very involved and complex project.

Ken McGinnis

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#11 posted 01-23-2010 03:32 PM

You did a great job…....very nice!


-- Robin Renee'

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