Asked by: Ezahra Boning
asked in category: General Last Updated: 17th February, 2020

How do I expand my fireplace opening?

Locate the lintel of the fireplace -- a bar made of stone that supports the foundation. Proceed to knock down bricks with a hammer to make the opening of the fireplace bigger, leaving the lintel intact. Do not remove more than a few bricks on each side.

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In this regard, can I make my fireplace opening bigger?

Locate the lintel of the fireplace -- a bar made of stone that supports the foundation. Proceed to knock down bricks with a hammer to make the opening of the fireplace bigger, leaving the lintel intact. Contact a contractor if you would like to move the lintel up or make the opening wider.

Similarly, how much does it cost to put a fireplace back in? On average, a new metal prefabricated gas or wood-burning fireplace costs $2,900 installed, while an electric fireplace runs $1,200. A masonry fireplace costs an average of $4,900 installed in an existing home with a 12' chimney.

In this manner, can you widen a fireplace?

You can widen it as much as you want as long as the exsisting lintle has support on each end. That isn't true at all - it is likely that any support under the existing lintel is part of of a column.

How do I get rid of an old fireplace?

Method 1 Removing a Wood-Burning or Electrical Insert

  1. Remove all of the trim from around the fireplace insert.
  2. Remove any nails holding the insert flashing to the wood framing.
  3. Disassemble any pipes, vents, or other pieces of the insert.
  4. Pry the insert out of place with a crowbar.

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