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Fireplace How To & DIY

Improve the value of your home by discovering our fireplace step-by-step tips & ideas.

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How to Install a Chimney Liner and Damper

Creating a safe wood-burning fireplace with This Old House host Kevin O'Connor

How to Tile Over a Brick Fireplace

Can you tile over a brick fireplace? Use a trowel thinset over the brick and then tile over it.

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Building a Fire Pit from a Kit

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough installs a fire pit kit in this DIY Smarts project.

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How to Install a Gas Fireplace Insert

Upgrade your old wood burning fireplace with a more convenient gas fireplace insert.

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How to Repair Damaged Fireplace Brick

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough replaces a chipped brick in a fireplace surround.

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How to Install a Gas Log Fireplace

Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor works with a professional chimney expert to repair a clay chimney and reignite an old fireplace with a gas log.

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How to Build a Custom Built-in Shelving Unit

DIY Expert & House One editor Jenn Largesse shows how to build custom shelving units around an existing fireplace mantel for a custom, built-in look.

How to Install Glass Fireplace Doors

Retrofit your wood-burning fireplace with safer glass fireplace doors.

Building a Fireplace Mantel Out of Wood

Learn how to build DIY fireplace mantel and surround from stock lumber and moldings.

17 Fireplace Remodel Ideas

We rounded up our favorite ideas to help you update your fireplace for a more modern look.

People carrying a wood stove insert to install it into a fireplace.
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How to Install a Wood Stove Fireplace Insert

Install a wood stove insert to increase efficiency and heat output from your fireplace.

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How to Build a Log Holder

Ferrying firewood to the hearth just got a lot easier with this durable cart.

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Splitting Firewood by Hand vs. Machine

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and landscape contractor Jenn Nawada split firewood using a variety of techniques.

How to Install a Fireplace Mantel

Learn how to install a wood mantel on a brick fireplace.

How to Clean Your Chimney

A clean, well-maintained chimney will save you money and prevent trouble—and, yes, there are parts of the job you can do yourself.

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The Correct Way to Build a Fire in a Fireplace

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough demonstrates the best way to build a fire in order to prevent smoke from filling up the room

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How to Restore a Historic Fireplace

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough delicately restores a damaged historic fireplace that is built with custom, nearly irreplaceable bricks

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How to Whitewash Brick with Paint

Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique updates a fireplace surround with a whitewashed look.

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Generation Next | How to Reface a Fireplace with Granite

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough teaches apprentice Krysten how to reface a granite fireplace

Fireplace Makeover for $45

A first-time homeowner transforms a dated brick fireplace with two cans of gray paint—and some DIY artistry

How to Repoint a Brick Fireplace

Unsightly cracked and crumbling mortar can be fixed in minutes with a few simple tools

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How to Build a Custom Fireplace Mantel

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner build a custom fireplace mantel

A Cheery Fireplace for $795

A dingy hearth wall gets a new look with fresh finishes and light, bright storage

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How to Split Logs for Firewood

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares tools and techniques for quickly, safely splitting firewood

How to Create a Faux-Log Summer Front

Play up an unused fireplace with this stacked log illusion

A Fireplace Face-Lift for Just $87

A blah brick hearth gets a cheery cottage-style refresher with some clever DIY woodwork and a high-contrast paint job

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How to Upgrade a Mantel, Hearth and Surround

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to beautify an old, ugly brick fireplace

How to Build a Stone Veneer Fireplace Surround

Add lightweight cast stones to a make veneer fireplace surround for a fraction of the cost of the real thing.

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How to Install a Stone-Veneer Fireplace Surround

Lightweight cast stones add rustic charm to any hearth, for a fraction of the cost of the real thing. In this video, senior technical editor Mark Powers shows how easy it is to dress up your fireplace

Get Your Firebrick in Shape

How to repair loose mortar before the wood-burning season starts

Good Wood Fires

How to prep your fireplace for its busy season, with tips from chimney expert Mark Schaub

How to Tile a Hearth

Jazz up the buffer between the fire and the floor with colorful tiles