Tv over wood burning fireplace. Im installing a new wood insert vc montpelier in my masonry fireplace. Heres what you need to know before you hang a television over a fireplace. If its a wood burning fireplace watch for ash that could accumulate on the tv and its vents.
Can you actually safely place a flat screen tv over the top of a working wood burning fireplace. Made when we moved into our 1920s house 12 years ago was to add back a wood burning fireplace that had been removed earlier in the homes history. There is approximately 3 and a wood mantle between the bottom of the tv and the top of the fireplace opening.
I watch it almost every night since the hearth room is my hangout spot. Ive spoken to the tv manufactuer and they say the operating temp is 104 f 40 c. However if you have a more conventional wood burning fireplace and especially if you have a gas fireplace insert the fact is you are probably going to be just fine.
I would like to also mount our new 52 lcd tv above the mantle. A wide mantle below the tv will protect it in some cases but you should use a thermometer while a fire is burning before mounting a tv over the fireplace. Weve had a 42 plasma mounted on the brick above our wood burning fireplace for over 2 years now with no problem whatsoever.
Its bad for the tv. Friends and loved ones and yes watching tv. Mounting a tv up and out of the way above a fireplace seems logical convenient and undeniably cool.
First and foremost the heat and soot generated by a fireplace can raise the operating temperature of the set and reduce its usable life span. The idea seems good but i cant see how the tv would cope with the heat an inevitable rising ash. Placing a tv over a fireplace mounting a television above a fireplace can double your viewing pleasure but the modern media application may not work in every setting.
Wood burning fireplaces create soot so make sure it is operating properly and your chimney isnt gunked up with creosote before mounting a tv above the mantle.