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Question DetailsAsked on 9/24/2013

Cost to replace firebox inside fireplace?

Metal ( heatilator ) Firebox is rusted. How much would it cost to rip apart brick fireplace and replace with a new firebox? It is a wood burning fireplace.

There is also spacing/gap between raised hearth and fireplace, any idea why this has caused?

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1) Commonly, you would not rip out the brick unless you were replacing it with a fireplace insert. Not sure why you want to tear out the brick rather than just repair it, but a metal liner should cost about $600 plus or minus, installed.

2) The hearth/fireplace gap is common - the fireplace almost always sits on its own concrete foundation which is geneally NOT connected to the house, so the house and fireplace settle a bit differently. Also, the hearth sits on the floor joists which deflect with time, so it will sag and tilt away slightly relative to the fireplace for that reason. Or, if the fireplace settles more than the house the hearth will tilt towards the fireplace a bit, but not open up a significant gap, even though it may be offset a bit. Should not be more than about 1/2" wide gap - can be dug out and refilled with mortar. Cracks should NOT penetrate the firebox itself - if they do, then a chimney expert needs to look at it.

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