Any fireplace experts out there on Houzz? need help with ugly vents!
We purchased this home built in 1980 and we're getting conflicting opinions about the 2 square vents above the mantle of our wood burning fireplace. They are 10 inches square and quite the eyesores. We've had one contractor say we can cap them, one say we can reroute them, and 2 say we're out of luck and nothing can be done except painting them.
Ideally, we'd like to reroute them to a long and narrow vent across the top so that we could hang something above the mantle/below the new vent and still maintain the heat distribution. Is that possible??
If it's true that the vents cannot be capped or rerouted, could we hang something in front and simply move it out a number of inches while the fireplace is in use? (some kind of mechanism like with a flatscreen tv). obviously we wouldn't do a TV or any precious art, but what kind of heat clearance would we need?
* photo is from the listing- you can see how previous owners accomodated...