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Old 11-27-2009, 03:31 PM   #1
Bill-N-Donna
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??Fireplace Installation Question??


Iím installing an electric fireplace. Ever since I seen one in operation weíve been hooked on how well they look. I found one which I removed from the cabinet and it is going to fit underneath the TV in the lower cabinet. I will be using the wood from the cabinet and framing the front for a finished look. However, I have a questionÖwhen I do this it will block all of the area in the front for air ventilation. The fan will need to be vented since it blows out in the front. One option I have is to cut a vent directly behind the TV which would allow for air circulation. There is a cover in behind where the fireplace is going which when I removed it, it revealed an open area about 2-3Ē from the wall. It seems to be an open space behind all of the cabinets but Iím not certain where all itís open to.

Do you think this would allow adequate ventilation by just leaving this cover off and exposing the hole for an air return? I would rather not cut a vent in the area behind the tv.
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Old 11-28-2009, 12:51 AM   #2
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Make sure it sits a bit off the floor as the intake vents for the heater are on the bottom. If you don't have adaquate ventilation, the heater will shut off. Then you will know.
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Old 11-28-2009, 01:12 AM   #3
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Bill,
Make sure it sits a bit off the floor as the intake vents for the heater are on the bottom. If you don't have adaquate ventilation, the heater will shut off. Then you will know.
Jim

This one doesnít seem to be made that way. It was sitting on the bottom of the cabinet I took it out of. Itís made by Charmglow and it came from Home Depot. The return vents appear to be near the top on the back side. Iím trying to figure out if the opening I mentioned will allow enough return air from in behind the cabinets. Anyone have an idea as to whether or not that will work?
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Old 11-28-2009, 05:07 AM   #4
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Can I ask how deep this heater is? I have been trying to get info from Dimplex and another company that I found here on the site and have not received any answers yet. What is the opening you are using? Thanks for the help.
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Old 11-28-2009, 06:45 AM   #5
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I installed two fireplaces in my 5th wheels in the last 4 years. I left a 1/4" opening at the top after I installed the woodwork. No problems. One trailer was a SOB & the other was a Mountaineer.

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Old 11-28-2009, 01:00 PM   #6
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Can I ask how deep this heater is? I have been trying to get info from Dimplex and another company that I found here on the site and have not received any answers yet. What is the opening you are using? Thanks for the help.
I donít remember the exact dimensions but I think it would be about 8-10ď deep. Itís around 31Ē X 28: that isnít accurate but a guess. It was less than the size of the opening that was underneath the TV area. I removed the two doors without modifying the opening at all. Everything worked out well around that.
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