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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.


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.

How to Install a Fireplace Mantel

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


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.


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.


How to Tile a Fireplace

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


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.


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Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough replaces a pair of outdated, malfunctioning fireplace doors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 Replace a Hearth with Slate Tile

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

All About Fireplaces

Everything you need to know to understand this iconic home feature.


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

Sneak Peek: Brookline floating fireplace

Our mid-century modern gets an iconic secondary heat source

The Best Wood to Burn in Your Fireplace

Planning to keep cozy this winter with a wood-burning fireplace or stove? When buying firewood, don’t be afraid to ask what species you’re getting


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


How to Choose a Home Fireplace

Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor walks through the best options for home fireplaces

10 Ways to Warm Up a Nonworking Fireplace

Put this living area focal point to use with these creative ideas

What's Their Story? Fireplace Summer Fronts

Cover up ashes and more with these practical beauts


How to Re-Line a Chimney Flue

Renovating an old, unsafe chimney with an easy-to-install stainless steel liner

Colorize Your Mantel

Add oomph to this natural focal point and bring out the beauty of the woodwork with some unexpected color

Smoke Out a Chimney Cleaner Scam

Avoiding fall victim to chimney cleaning con artists

How to Create a Faux-Log Summer Front

Play up an unused fireplace with this stacked log illusion

Best Fireplace Before and Afters 2013

You showed dozens of your stately and inviting hearths and mantels. Now see which ones were finalists in our annual Reader Remodel Contest

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

How to Prep Your Fireplace for the Cold Season

Before you spark up the logs, make a clean sweep using these seven crucial fireplace safety tips

How to Reface a Fireplace

A big DIY upgrade for your hearth that doesn't require a big budget