How do I re-do the grout in the stove alcove?


Hi there. I need to replace the grout in my stove alcove as it backs directly into the fireplace in the lounge room wall. The grouts cracked and is allowing smoke to filter through.. we’ve cleaned the chimney and as far as we can tell there’s no issue other than the cracked grout. You can see in one of the photos where’s I’ve had it taped up and the grout is cracked. Please help! Thank you and happy DIY days to you all 😊✌🏼

q how do i re do the grout in the stove alcove
q how do i re do the grout in the stove alcove
  5 answers
  • Tedward Tedward on Apr 20, 2019

    With the information you have given me, I am surprised that this looks like a piece of sheet metal. Better check the regulations with a qualified chimney specialist. It could be a sandwiched insulated panel that might pass inspection. This looks like a problem that should not be a DIY. It could mean losing your home and maybe your life. Please don't put it off. If you can't get an immediate inspection, call your firechief and I'm certain, you'll get the help you need.

    • Joanne Joanne on Apr 22, 2019

      Hey thanks for the concern but no it’s not a piece of sheet metal. It’s all safe really it’s just the grouting I’m wanting help with. Thanks again 😊

  • William William on Apr 20, 2019

    I agree with Tedward. This is not a DIY. This looks like an improper install and a hazard. It's a dangerous situation that needs to be fully corrected. Should not be a panel of anything. Needs to be fireproof. Should be fireproof cement or fire resistant caulk. You need a pro to evaluate it.

    • Joanne Joanne on Apr 22, 2019

      Not really sure what you’re talking about. There’s no fire danger there.

  • Joy Elizabeth Joy Elizabeth on Apr 20, 2019

    I agree with William! I used TSP to clean. Kilz primer, and alkyd paint like Benjamin Moore Advance. I applied with a foam roller to minimize drips and brush marks.

  • Em Em on Apr 21, 2019

    If smoke is coming thru ANYWHERE but going up the chimney that is a serious hazard. Please do not use until you get this fixed. One small crack can start a fire.

  • William William on Apr 22, 2019

    The photos and description are vague. It's not the fire danger that I am talking about. You have smoke coming through the cracked grout which means a heat source is close by. Fire rated caulk is fireproof but is used to seal anywhere a heat source is close by and prevent smoke infiltration. You best solution would be to use fire rated caulk where the grout is cracked. Just to be safe.