Installing an outside air source...


I am a renter that recently talked my landlord into allowing me to use the fireplace in my half of the duplex. I am noticing a large draft created by the fireplace and have read about my gas heat going up the chimeney. I want to install an outside air source for the fireplace but am having trouble finding instructions for doing so. If anyone can refer me to information regarding it I would greatly appreciate it.
Anthony
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I am a renter that recently talked my landlord into allowing me to use the fireplace in my half of the duplex. I am noticing a large draft created by the fireplace and have read about my gas heat going up the chimeney. I want to install an outside air source for the fireplace but am having trouble finding instructions for doing so. If anyone can refer me to information regarding it I would greatly appreciate it.
Anthony
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On 5 Feb 2007 17:42:14 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote:

I don't think you're gonna be able to do that yourself in a rental unit. It requires modifications to the building and fireplace.
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Anthony, Any adjustments you may do to the fireplace to create heat will cost in excess of $1500 for certain. That is a mighty generouse gift to a landlord.
I hate to be voice of doom on fireplaces but most open fireplace let heat out despite the damper when they are not being used, and they really suck heat out when they are being used or any time the damper is open. There are some things you can do to improve the efficiency slightly during burn, but they will not counteract the loss you will experience in furnace heat. My best advice if you are looking to save heat and money in the winter. Plug up the chimney nice and tight with a chimney balloon or chimney cap (dont rely only on your damper to stop heat loss). tak with your landlord about how old the furnace is and how efficient it is.
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I am a renter that recently talked my landlord into allowing me to use the fireplace in my half of the duplex. I am noticing a large draft created by the fireplace and have read about my gas heat going up the chimeney. I want to install an outside air source for the fireplace but am having trouble finding instructions for doing so. If anyone can refer me to information regarding it I would greatly appreciate it.
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On Feb 5, 9:41 pm, snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote:

for more ideas, search for fireplace venting at: http://www.howstuffworks.com / i would see whether yours is a decorative one or actually designed to heat the room or home. what is its present fuel and design, maybe there is a working stack temperature required for the updraft. basic article at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireplace
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