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Single sided to a double sided fireplace

JeriFebruary 4, 2013
I have a sunken living room with a single sided fireplace. I would like to make my fire place two sided and open to the dining room. The dilemma is that since my living room is sunken, the proposed opening on the dining room side would be flush with the floor. Would that be weird to have an open fire box at the floor? And if so, can I child proof this?
Also have you had experience making this conversion? And is it a difficult task?
There is base board heater in front of the proposed opening now, but we are planning to convert to in floor heat and remove the base board.
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mmilos
Raise it up a few more inches to have an appropriate hearth. Will the fireplace be wood burning?
    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 2:35PM
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Jeri
Yes. It has a gas feed to start the fire, but then it is wood burning. "Raising it up a few more inches" sounds like a lot of work.
    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 2:40PM
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groveraxle
My craftsman fireplace has the firebox at floor level. This modern one looks like it does too.
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    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 2:47PM
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mmilos
Is the floor of the firebox currently level with the dining room floor or is it lower? Hopefully a fireplace expert will see and answer your question.

I was mistaken and thought you were intending to replace the existing firebox.
    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 2:52PM
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