• In this video, This Old House host Kevin O'Connor explains how to install a gas fireplace.


    1 Prepare installation site by building wall recess to accept fireplace.
    2 Cut hole through exterior house wall and install stovepipe thimble.
    3 Attach short section of stovepipe to exhaust port on rear of fireplace.
    4 Apply construction adhesive to wall around sides and top of fireplace opening.
    5 Press granite slabs into the adhesive around the fireplace opening.
    6 Slide the fireplace into position, making sure the stovepipe passes through the thimble to the outdoors.
    7 Seal exterior of exhaust pipe with termination hood.
    8 Hire a licensed plumber make the gas connection to the fireplace.
    9 Install the removable front to the fireplace.
    10 Turn on the fireplace and test its operation.
    • Difficulty: Moderate
      Building the recess for the fireplace takes some time and skill, but installing the fireplace is easy.
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      Tools List

      • caulk gun
        Caulking gun,
        used to apply construction adhesive
      • reciprocating saw
        Reciprocating saw,
        for cutting hole through exterior wall

      Shopping List

      1. Direct-vent gas fireplace

      2. Granite,

      used to create fireplace surround

      3. Stovepipe,

      for exhausting fireplace to the outdoors

      4. Construction adhesive