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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 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.


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


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


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


How to Build a Custom Fireplace Mantel

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

What's Their Story? Fireplace Summer Fronts

Cover up ashes and more with these practical beauts

A Cheery Fireplace for $795

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


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 Upgrade a Mantel, Hearth and Surround

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

How to Reface a Fireplace

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

Make a Mantel from Molding Profiles

This mantel is actually made up of numerous molding profiles applied one on top of the other to create depth, shadow lines, and architectural interest. Here's a look at how the various pieces come together

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.


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

Fireplace Tools

These tools will spruce up any hearth

Chimney Toppers

Use the reclaimed clay pots to improve fireplace draw or enhance your landscape

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