I have an 8-foot tall arch fireplace converted from wood-burning to propane, and I would like to put an insert in there instead. Since an insert doesn’t put off heat like wood-burning, can we buy a mantle or shiplap the fireplace to cover the arch without actually bricking up space above an insert?
If you do not want to use masonry to match the surrounding brick, you could use other noncombustible materials to cover the existing brick and create a smaller opening for the insert of your choosing. However, you should not use any combustible mantel or otherwise combustible materials to reduce the fireplace opening.
on January 6, 2020
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