Reader Mailbag

Welcome to the Reader Mailbag section of Fireplaces and Wood Stoves.

This section of the site offers you, our readers, a chance to send in any questions that you may have so that they can be answered by a member of our team of editors. We welcome general questions that are applicable to many fireplace owners, such as "Can I burn paper in my woodstove without special equipment?" but please try to stay away from very specific questions like "Where can I find a fireplace blower designed to fit into the upper duct located on XYZ model of fireplace manufactured by ABC company in 1997?". Generally, your best bet for model-related questions is to contact the manufacturer or the retailer where you originally purchased it.

If you want to submit a question to Fireplaces and Wood Stoves, you can write an e-mail to us at We ask that you include your name and location for verification, but we will not list your last name, location, or any other personal information with your inquiry. Please view our Privacy Policy if you have any other questions on that front.

Although we cannot answer every question, we do our best to respond to new and unique ones, and this section is periodically updated so as to allow other readers to get answers to the most common questions. So remember to bookmark this page and check back regularly for the newest fireplace questions and answers – you may find answers to questions you didn't even know that you had!

Click on the topics below to read our questions and answers.


Installing in a Mobile Home
Fireplace Inserts
Mexican Fireplaces
TV above the Fireplace
In need of a Damper Spacer
Fireplace Fenders
Replacing Firebricks
Searching for a "Match" Lighter
Quote for a Rear Refractor
Flue Assemblies
Information on Dampers
Burning Amber Effect
Floor-to-Ceiling Fireplace
Fireplace in the Basement
Price of a New Insert
Searching for a 'Heatalator'
Crystals Instead of Logs
Missing Damper Handle


Replacement Glass
Installing a Mantel
Building a Stove
Disposing of a Franklin Stove
Searching for a 'Scandafire'
Burning Paper
Smoking Stove
Selling a Stove
Safety Guidelines for Installation


Aluminum Chimney Installs
Furnace for Swimming Pools
1950's Heater
Protecting the Wall from Heat
Manual for a Furnace
Putting out Fires

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