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Old 09-09-2020, 04:24 PM   #1
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Default Island fireplace/chimney repair/mason?

We have a brick fireplace with a steel liner that is rusted out, the damper is shot, and a lot of bricks are loose at the hearth (yeah, a real gem!). Looking to have it looked at, made operational again and refaced in stone with a new hearth and mantle.

Any suggestions?

We did talk to Fire N' Stone, they lost our number the first time I called in July and now can't look at it for another month, with potential work being next season should we accept. Not thrilled so far.
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We have a brick fireplace with a steel liner that is rusted out, the damper is shot, and a lot of bricks are loose at the hearth (yeah, a real gem!). Looking to have it looked at, made operational again and refaced in stone with a new hearth and mantle.

Any suggestions?

We did talk to Fire N' Stone, they lost our number the first time I called in July and now can't look at it for another month, with potential work being next season should we accept. Not thrilled so far.
We stopped at Fire n Stone a couple weeks ago lookin at propane stoves and they clearly seemed like they were going through some sort of down phase. No new product on display nor sale. I have had repair work done by them a few years back...not so sure they are in a good way there.
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Old 09-10-2020, 01:21 PM   #3
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We had a Heatilator Fireplace when we first built. Basically a metal firebox with air chambers incorporated behind the fire box. Fans circulate air through the chambers and into the room. Great product, but it rusted out. A contractor doing other work offered to fix it by removing and bricking it up like a real fireplace. We didn't know, or ask, but Heatilator made a replacement kit for just this situation. Big mistake on our part.
Now, to do it again, I'd go for a fireplace insert and new stainless steel stovepipe so you don't have to re-line the chimney. Chances are, if your chimney has ceramic tile, it may not be in good condition, collecting lots of creosote.
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Old 09-10-2020, 02:30 PM   #4
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We had a Heatilator Fireplace when we first built. Basically a metal firebox with air chambers incorporated behind the fire box. Fans circulate air through the chambers and into the room. Great product, but it rusted out. A contractor doing other work offered to fix it by removing and bricking it up like a real fireplace. We didn't know, or ask, but Heatilator made a replacement kit for just this situation. Big mistake on our part.
Now, to do it again, I'd go for a fireplace insert and new stainless steel stovepipe so you don't have to re-line the chimney. Chances are, if your chimney has ceramic tile, it may not be in good condition, collecting lots of creosote.
Ours may be a similar setup. It has a steel liner and there are vents on each side of the fireplace I haven't found a fan though.
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Look up the name Huston.
There are two generations doing masonry work in the Lakes Region.
Don't think that they advertise - as word of mouth keeps them occupied with jobs.
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Ditto on the Huston brothers for masonry and fireplace work. Bob Huston did the stonework for our entry way and the rock gas fireplace surround with bluestone mantel and hearth. A true craftsman.
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You can't go wrong with Joe! The Bahre mansion is a good example.

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