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How to Clean Fireplace Brick

If you’ve got soot stains on your fireplace’s hearth or brick facade, we’ll walk you through how to clean fireplace brick to get rid of unsightly black discoloration and the smell of smoke.

How To Paint a Brick Fireplace

Brick fireplaces are great, but they often look dated, dark, and dirty. Instead of living with that drab, sooty look, learn how to paint a brick fireplace to give your space some fresh new style.

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Open House | Wood Burning Fireplaces

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains what to understand when buying a home with a wood burning fireplace

Summer Checklist: Small Projects that Pay Off

Warm weather has finally arrived! It’s time to head outside and give your house and landscape some TLC.

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How to Install Stacked Stone Veneer on a Fireplace

Ask This Old House mason, Mark McCullough, helps a homeowner update her concrete block, wood burning fireplace with a stacked stone veneer and a slab of stone.

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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

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How to Install a Gas Fireplace Insert

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

An Easy Guide to Gas Fireplaces

We break down the different types of gas fireplaces, questions to consider, key features, and costs.

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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 Turn a Reclaimed Beam into a Fireplace Mantel

Ask This Old House carpenter, Nathan Gilbert helps a homeowner turn a reclaimed mantel into a fireplace mantel.

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.

The 5 Best Electric Fireplaces (2021)

Whether you want to heat your home or create a cozy aesthetic, an electric fireplace can be an affordable and low-maintenance option. In this review, the This Old House Reviews team looks at some of the best electric fireplaces available to help you select one that’s right for your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

The Best Fireplace Inserts of 2021

Adding a fireplace insert to a living room or other area of your home can help keep you warm and cut down on expensive heating bills. Keep reading for our recommendations on the best fireplace inserts. The products included in this article are available at various local home improvement stores and online retailers like Amazon.

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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.

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How to Refinish a Fireplace with Brick Veneer

In this DIY Smarts project, Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough replaces a homeowner’s sloppy fireplace surround with a clean, thin brick veneer.

How to Install a Fireplace Mantel

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

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How to Install a Wood Burning Stove

A new soapstone wood burning stove gets installed in the family room.

How to Tile a Fireplace

Tiling a fireplace surround is an elegant upgrade well worth the effort.

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How to Prep a Fireplace for New Tile

Watch DIY Expert & House One Editor Jenn Largesse, as she covers phase one of her fireplace wall makeover and upgrades her mantel with new molding.

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How to Tile a Fireplace

DIY Expert & House One editor Jenn Largesse installs tile on her fireplace and surround.

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How to Install a Mantel on a Stone Fireplace

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough travels to Chicago to install a wood mantel on a homeowner’s 1980s contemporary fireplace.

Pellet Stoves: A Buyer’s Guide

Turn down the household thermostat while warming your rooms, providing ambience, and reducing your energy bills.

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How to Replace Glass Fireplace Doors

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough replaces a pair of outdated, malfunctioning fireplace doors

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.

8 Uses for Wood Ash at Home and in the Garden

Don’t throw away your wood ash from your fireplace—read these tips for how to put it to good use in your home and garden.

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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How to Replace a Hearth with Slate Tile

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough replaces a common terra cotta hearth with slate tile.