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Good Wood Fires

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

Tiles for the Hearth

Masonry products ideal for fireplace decoration

How to Tile a Hearth

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


How to Install a Gas Fireplace

In this how-to video, This Old House host Kevin O'Connor discovers the benefits of a direct-vent gas fireplace

Fireplace Design Ideas

On a cold night, an industrial drum filled with coals is a beautiful fireplace. The trick is to create a fireplace that is art without a flame. Like these, for example.

Installing a New Mantel

You can give your fireplace a face-lift by replacing its decorative frame

How to Reface a Fireplace Surround and Hearth

Here's how you can make your home more comfortable, attractive, and safe

Easy Mantel Makeover

Installing a ready-made mantel over a brick fireplace

Get More Heat from Your Fireplace and Wood Stove

Convert any fireplace or wood stove into a pellet stove

One Hot Fireplace

Rumford expert Jim Buckley explains how to build a better fireplace using 18th century engineering.

Up in Smoke

How can you tell if your chimney is a fire hazard? Follow the advice of chimney specialist Mark Shaub who checked out the chimneys on This Old House TV's Charlestown project