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Covering vents on the side if fire place

maglio's picture

I am putting raised paneling over an existing masonry fireplace. On the sides of the fireplace there are chambers with vents. On each side there is one chamber low and one chamber high.I dont see any connection to each other or the fire box.

 My question is can I fill in the vent opening with brick?.

  The openings are not in a location that fits the lay out of the paneling and would detract from the overall look of the finished product. The openings are 28" from the actual fire box. When you look into the vent you can see the back side of the metal firebox(+/- 28 " in). I felt with my hands and shined a light in both the vents and the firebox . No connection was found.

 In the past on other projects the "heatalators" were conected to get aflow of air from convevtion and they fit into the design. Not so in this case

The openings let air in (post #210598, reply #1 of 3)

The openings let air in around the firebox so it will be warmed and in turn warm the room. 


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

Besides rendering the usless (post #210598, reply #2 of 3)

Besides rendering the usless ,do you think there will be any issues if Ibrick them in .

A few metal fireboxes (post #210598, reply #3 of 3)

A few metal fireboxes required ventilation on the back side, but you probably don't have such a unit..


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville