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The Best Fireplace Inserts of 2022

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.

How to Build a Small Firewood Rack

Create a firewood rack that fits your storage needs using simple 2x4 construction. This pressure-treated rack will last for years outside. And paired with a cover, it will keep your firewood dry and ready to use in fireplaces, pizza ovens, or firepits.

How to build a fire in a fireplace

How 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.

How to Get Your Chimney Ready for Use in Winter

Relaxing in front of a fire is an enjoyable experience as long as it’s safe. Read this guide to prevent hazards and ensure that your chimney is in good working condition this winter.


How to Upgrade a Mantel, Hearth and Surround

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

S20 E22, Mark McCullough repairs a fireplace

How to Replace a Fireplace Cover

Mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner replace an old set of fireplace doors for a fresh new look and improved safety.

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 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 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 Floating Shelves and Mantel

Jeff Sweenor and Kevin O’Connor install floating white oak shelves and a floating mantle

Your Complete Fireplace Maintenance Checklist

Many homeowners see the fireplace as the heart of their home, especially in the fall and winter, when it’s hard to resist gathering around the warmth and glow emanating from a cozy fire. Read this guide to understand the steps for maintaining your fireplace to keep it functioning safely and properly for years to come.

All About Chimney Flues

To maintain the chimney flues that safely channel smoke and fumes from fuel-burning appliances to the outside, they should be inspected and cleaned on a regular basis.

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.


How to Repair Damaged Fireplace Brick

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


Home Inspection Nightmares | Crooked Chimney

Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, mason Mark McCullough, and carpenter Nathan Gilbert share more home inspection nightmares


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.

The Best Firewood to Heat Your Home

Learn why one wood is better than another, the differences between hardwood and softwood, and safety tips for your wood-burning appliance.


How to Split Logs for Firewood

Learn how to safely split firewood with these tools and techniques.

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.


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.


How to Install a Chimney Liner and Damper

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

Richard Trethewey, gas fireplace insert, S8 E2

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.


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.

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.

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 (2022 Review)

Whether you want to heat your space or create a cozy atmosphere, an electric fireplace is an affordable and low-maintenance option. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best electric fireplaces on Amazon to help you find the one that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.


How to Build a Log Holder

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


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.