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Distance over gas fireplace

We want to install a flat screen tv above a gas fireplace. There is a mantel above the glass doors.
How high above the heat source or doors or mantel does the tv need to be mounted?
We are assuming a LCD would be better than a plasma in this situation, is that true?

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  • TVhead Apr 07, 2008

    Glad to hear pricey plasma is going out of style.Our power and cabling will be concealed in molding at the ceiling, fireplace is brick so we'll go with the tilt.

    Still need to know the height distance from the heat source!!!

  • TVhead Apr 08, 2008

    That makes sense about items on the mantel not melting and there will be ventilation because of the tilt. Thank you.

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Both LCD TVs and plasma TVs get hot, though plasma TVs tend to be a bit hotter in my experience. Also, plasma TVs are going out of fashion.

A lot will depend on the construction of your fireplace. If it's brick it should insulate fairly well.

Either way, I would recommend a mounting solution that does not put the back of the TV flush with the wall. Get one that tilts. I would avoid the "arm" style ones as that will put additional strain on the mounting.

Remember to think about how you want to run your power and video cabling as well!

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    Brandon Higa Apr 08, 2008

    Sorry, don't know enough about gas fireplaces to give you an exact distance, but if I were you and it was my TV....

    I'd mount it where it looks good (so you're not looking too high up or down from your normal viewing position). Seeing as things on the mantle don't melt or catch fire, the TV should be fine as long as it has some ventilation for the rear, which a tilt-type mount should provide.

    Hope you enjoy your TV! I recently helped my friend install her new TV above her fireplace (wood-burning type, they don't use it though) and there actually wasn't a lot of room to position up or down, so the bottom of the TV is just a few inches above the mantle.
    Again, they don't use their fireplace so I can't help on the heat, but what I'm trying to say is that if you get a large TV (46+ inches) you may not have a lot of room to play anyway.

    Definitely take some masking tape (painter's tape is better) and mark out the size of the screen you're looking at. Remember that it's a 16-wide to 9-high ratio for a widescreen TV. What you want to gauge is how big (or small) the TV screen will look with respect to where you'll be sitting, and whether it looks too big or too small compared to the fireplace.

    From there you can narrow down your size choices, if you're choosing a size based on how/where you're mounting it.

  • atifsaleem6 Aug 18, 2010

    Definitely take some masking tape (painter's tape is better) and mark out the size of the screen you're looking at. Remember that it's a 16-wide to 9-high ratio for a widescreen TV. What you want to gauge is how big (or small) the TV screen will look with respect to where you'll be sitting, and whether it looks too big or too small compared to the fireplace.http://central-heating-breakdown-cover.c...">central heating cover

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  • atifsaleem6 Aug 18, 2010

    they don't use their fireplace so I can't help on the heat, but what I'm trying to say is that if you get a large TV (46 inches) you may not have a lot of room to play anywayhttp://central-heating-breakdown-cover.c...

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