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Question DetailsAsked on 12/27/2017

Need to replace zero clearance fireplace that is surrounded in brick. Can it be replaced through outside wall?

I don't want to have to tear down brick facade around fireplace and thought going through the side wall of fireplace, which is exterior wall would be easier.

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First you (or contractor or architect if using one) has to figure out what dimensions the replacement fireplace needs - might have to cut into the brick anyway. Generally, though of course exceptions, these insert or ready-set type fireplaces taper from front to back, and usually have a front flange, so taking it out the back will require cutting it up in place to get it out. Doable but more expensive. If it is in there now, I would guess either it fit in place inside the brick or the brick was laid around it, so in that case (unless the brick facade overlies the metal of the fireplace) would most likely come out the front easiest anyway.

If you remove the front trim that is usually there, you also may find it does not have zero clearance even if so rated - many people like me will NOT install any fireplace or wood stove without minimum clearance and rockwool insulation, because of the number of fires caused by these zero-clearance units.

Another way to handle this which I have done a couple of times is cutting smallholes in the center of the sides and top and bottom, putting hydraulic puller or large comealong hooks in the holes, and collapsing the metal fireplace in on itself, then lift it out in one well-crumpled piece.

Here is a link to a similar question with answer which might help s well.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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