More and more often, I happen to place a fireplace next to a TV set, where the biggest fear is overheating the electronic parts and damaging them. And that’s an absolutely well-grounded fear!
Solution 1 – TV set above the fireplace
The most common request is to put the TV set above the fireplace. In this case, the design has to consider the insulation between the TV contact area and the counterhood of the fireplace. This is especially important if the fireplace works with natural ventilation and reaches high temperatures.
If the TV is put above the fireplace, adequate chimney insulation is recommended, as well as the use of calcium silicate sheets to insulate the contact points between the TV and high temperature areas.
Solution 2 – TV next to the fireplace
In a flat restructuring project which I recently did with the Trentadue A studio of Pordenone, the fireplace was integrated in the wall-to-wall bookcase, next to the TV, and encased in a cor-ten steel plate. It’s an interesting material thanks to its heat resistant properties and an original burnished hue.
There are various options when putting the TV next to the fireplace: MCZ offers Scenario, the only fireplace with built-in TV set. It can also be connected to other equipment such as a home theatre system or computer. The Scenario load-bearing structure, which is available in a wood or gas version, has been designed to assure perfect thermal insulation between the fireplace and TV set.
Here are some other ideas that I managed to find on the internet.
If you want, please visit also our board on Pinterest, that is expecially dedicated to this issue: http://www.pinterest.com/yourfire/fireplaces-and-television/
Arch. Paola Cesaro
Technical design consultant of MCZ Group