Gas Fireplace Retrofit

By Robert Robillard on Home Repairs And Remodeling

Gas fireplace Insert

Today we removed the gas insert and dismantled a few steel studs in order to slide some 2×4 nailers between them to provide a future nailing surface for a Gas fireplace and Mantle.

The photo below shows vertical and horizontal solid blocking was also added to accommodate nailing for the new mantel.  without the blocking installing the mantle would be much more difficult.

Not shown but additional blocking was added higher up to accommodate a wall mounted t.v.

Floor Hearth

The old raised brick platform that supported the old gas insert was also removed. The new insert will sit at the finished floor height and be granite.

Gas fireplace and Mantle

After installing he blocking we were ready for the gas fireplace insert.  The plumbers piped the gas line and installed the flue vent and and electrician made the electrical connections and also wired a manual switch on the side wall.

Blueboard and plaster was applied to the fireplace wall and then we installed an Algonquin fireplace mantle.

Our Algonquin brand “mantle in a box” arrived and was assembled.  I would have preferred to custom make a mantle but this was a more cost effective option for our gas fireplace retrofit project.

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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