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    Painting the fireplace

    I was asked a question today...

    Have a friend who is buying a house and the fireplace brick inserts were painted by the home owner. They used acrylic latex paint.

    Can this wood burning fireplace be used and the paint will just burn off or do the brick inserts need to be removed/replaced?

    What dangers if any exist burning this relatively new fireplace with the latex paint in it?

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    Since you referred to the brick 'inserts' this tells me this is a factory built fireplace. These are not tested or listed for use with the refractory panels painted or stained. Moreover, changing the color or even gloss of these panels can cause the whole fireplace to fail the listing tests for maximum allowable temperatures. The best course of action would be to simply replace the panels with OEM ones from the mfr. Anything made by Heatilator or HeatNGlo are still available, though it may cost a little more and take a little time to get. There are many chimney sweeps willing to sell and install cut-to-fit non-OEM panels made of compressed vermiculite but they void the warranty and listing.

    Other that increased temps. in the chase and firebox, burning off paint is only a problem when the chimney is not flowing the right way. Such paint usually stinks of plastic for a looong time. That odor can get into carpet, drapes, clothes, etc.

    Recommend they contact the mfr. with the model and serial# for a price and lead time on OEM replacements. The rating plate is often hard to find on woodburning factory built fireplaces but its there. Look around the opening both in the outer areas such as where the screens tuck in, on the smoke shield across the top and just inside the smoke shield above the refractory panels to one side, usually the right as you face the Fp. Be careful not to wipe off the markings so take pics first and wipe gently with a soft, clean cloth. I would recommend he get a hearth pro in to inspect it before using and ask for an NFPA 211 Level II inspection, which is top to bottom, inside-out.
    HTH Pops!

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    Curious about this too..

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