Fireplace coverup
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Fireplace coverup (by Jason [VA]) Jun 22, 2019 11:43 AM
       Fireplace coverup (by razorback_tim [AR]) Jun 22, 2019 12:52 PM
       Fireplace coverup (by gevans [SC]) Jun 22, 2019 1:09 PM
       Fireplace coverup (by Richard [MI]) Jun 22, 2019 2:02 PM
       Fireplace coverup (by LindaJ [NY]) Jun 22, 2019 2:17 PM
       Fireplace coverup (by Barb [MO]) Jun 22, 2019 2:27 PM
       Fireplace coverup (by RB [MI]) Jun 22, 2019 2:32 PM
       Fireplace coverup (by AllyM [NJ]) Jun 22, 2019 2:49 PM
       Fireplace coverup (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Jun 22, 2019 3:02 PM
       Fireplace coverup (by Robert J [CA]) Jun 22, 2019 5:22 PM
       Fireplace coverup (by WMH [NC]) Jun 22, 2019 6:00 PM
       Fireplace coverup (by RR78 [VA]) Jun 22, 2019 8:41 PM
       Fireplace coverup (by Vee [OH]) Jun 23, 2019 8:38 PM

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Fireplace coverup (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2019 11:43 AM

My newest acquisition has two wood burning fireplaces. Upon initial inspection, they both appear to be fully functional, but I want to prevent the tenants from being able to use them.

One of my other properties has a wood stove. I had a welder come weld a hasp on the front of the stove so that I was able to padlock it shut. However, I'm not sure how I can physically prevent a fireplace from being used.

I'm sure you all have ran into this situation before.

Fireplace coverup (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2019 12:52 PM

You can build something that covers the opening. I've seen them made into bookshelves or just covered with tile or other decorative items. Look on Pinterest for ideas. A friend of mine has been framing around them and installing electric fireplaces. --70.178.x.xx

Fireplace coverup (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2019 1:09 PM

You likely have a metal damper above the fire box. You could weld a hasp on that to keep it closed.

I have one fireplace with ornamental logs inside. They don't light either, but they do prevent an actual fire being in the box.

Fireplace coverup (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2019 2:02 PM

Last one I had like that I simply took a hammer and chisel and took it down. Took about 4 hours. Patched the roof, then built a tv stand/bookcase in the spot. End of problem. Used the bricks for a planter outside.

Fireplace coverup (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2019 2:17 PM

Depending on the class of the property, (A - B) you could put a gas fireplace insert / logs into it. Safer to use and still give the ambiance. They do run off propane if Natural Gas is not available.

For a C or lower, just making the damper inoperable is chancy, someone idiot may still try to build a fire in the box. I would cover it with a board cut to fit the opening. Attach that as well as you can and don't let them know there is a real firebox behind it.

You may or may not want to mention in the lease that they are not to use the fireplace. Again, if they think it is a working one, they may try.

Keep in mind, in a real emergency a fireplace can be useful for some heat. I have a gas fireplace in my house. It takes the chill of the room without heating up the whole house, and it is nice to watch. So easy and clean too.

Fireplace coverup (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2019 2:27 PM

For class A home, I would install gas logs. It becomes a second furnace. I love mine.

For class C, I would likely remove and drywall over it, even if it looks there from the outside if drywalled over, they canít get to it.

Fireplace coverup (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2019 2:32 PM

Enclose with brick and mortar.

Fireplace coverup (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2019 2:49 PM

Our fire inspectors don't allow them in rentals. Options were to brick it in or cover it with wood. I got a nice looking firescreen and had the handman screw it into the brick so it doesn't open and it looks nice. I would put them in working order and pay for a sturdy chimney liner but the companies want to put some kind of firebrick inside the hearth which looks awful.

Fireplace coverup (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2019 3:02 PM

Ignore the advice of locking the damper. That will not prevent them from lighting a fire. It just prevents them from venting the smoke out. Your house will smell like a campfire. Buy one of those antique iron fireplace covers and secure it. Still looks like a fireplace and it can be easily removed after they leave.

Fireplace coverup (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2019 5:22 PM

In one property that had earthquake damage, I do not allow any of my tenant to use the fireplace's even though I fixed them with permits. The lease states that and my tenants also signed an addendum.

One tenant went out of town and allowed a sibling to stay in their apartment. That evening they tried to have a romantic evening and used the fireplace. Never mind inside the fireplace I had a sign, DO NOT USE, NOT SAFE!. They lit a fire but forgot to open the flu and smoke backed up into the unit getting soot on all of the walls. What a disaster.

From then on I installed a LED fake log system in all of the fire places so there was no room to use a log.... --47.156.xx.xx

Fireplace coverup (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2019 6:00 PM

We buy electric fireplaces and cover the hole with them.

Fireplace coverup (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2019 8:41 PM

We liquid nail a stepping stone on top of chimney to make it air tight.

And verbally explain to tenants what will happen with smoke if they try to start a fire.

Then a cheap small laminated custom sign off ebay. About 8 bucks. Gets mounted inside the fireplace.

Then a lease clause.

Works well for us

Fireplace coverup (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2019 8:38 PM

I have 3 places with decorative logs in front the opening.

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