Written by Dale Richardson - Updated: June 23, 2023
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Whether you don't know where to put it, or you just like how it looks, you may be wondering if you should put a TV in the chimney breast. Not only does it honestly look really nice, but it can, at times, be the most realistic place for the TV. We recently talked about putting a TV above your radiator , and the consensus was that heat and electronics generally don't work well together. This still stands for the chimney breast, but there are workarounds.
If you follow specific guidelines and do everything properly, a TV in the chimney breast is an elegant and good-looking solution for a living space.
Let's talk a bit more about that because there are a few things you'll need to know first.
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While it's a bit obvious if you know much about electronics, heat isn't the best for them. And (believe it or not) chimney breasts can get quite hot at times. Depending on how well insulated your chimney is, what type of fireplace is in it, and a few other factors, it may get too hot to safely hang a TV.
The best way to tell quickly is to just give your chimney breast a temperature check. Generally, it's best to keep electronics away from anything warmer than 35-37 degrees Celcius. They don't stand up well to that type of heat, and TVs already can get quite hot on their own.
You can use a laser thermometer to take the temperature. Just get the fire going to where it would be during winter and give it a test. If it's well insulated, it'll fall below the dangerous range and you should be fine. If it's at or above that temperature, it's best not to risk it.
If you were to ignore the risks and mount it anyway, you could have one of two things happen, or both:
Neither is good, so be sure to test properly before deciding to just mount it anyway.
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This is specifically important in terms of gas vs. solid fuel fireplaces. A gas-powered fireplace can easily get up to temperatures that could damage electronics, but it can also be turned off.
Solid fuel fires, on the other hand, can quickly rise in temperature before you know it. If left unattended, it's entirely possible that a wood fire could quickly and irreparably damage a TV.
Wiring is always a concern when mounting a TV. Exposed, disorganised wires are just plain ugly. But when you add in a potentially hot chimney breast, it gets more important. They can melt and even catch fire if done poorly or exposed to high heat, which is... less than ideal.
You have two options here:
If it's an extremely well-insulated masonry chimney breast, then you could theoretically run the wiring along the channel in the mortar, but that's a lot of what-ifs .
If your masonry or concrete chimney breast is well insulated enough to accommodate the electronics, it's possible to mount it directly on. While the manner may vary, you can double-check with your manufacturer. To do this, you'll need a few things:
As you can see, it takes quite a bit of extra effort - but it can be done . Here's how.
This is a whole process, as you can see - but it can be done. If you absolutely have the TV on the chimney breast, get ready for a whole project. Yeah, you thougfht this would be easy - just pop the bracket on and boom! Done in time for your daily stories. Nope - this will take a while to do properly, and trust me, you want to do it properly.
If you don't, you risk the TV falling out of the wall, damage to the TV or its cords, and/or a broken TV. None of those is good, and we're trying to get a great outcome here that looks good. And a busted TV below cracked masonry is not a great outcome. So do things right, and put the TV elsewhere if you can't safely hang in on the chimney breast.
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