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Old 04-26-2015, 07:36 PM   #1
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Added a fireplace to a Lacrosse 329BHT

The DW wanted a fireplace in our new camper and was disappointed when we finally decided on the Lacrosse 329BHT.

5 trips to the hardware store and a quick purchase on Amazon changed her tune.

The fireplace is a 23" ADKY electric insert with a 1500 watt heater core. We used Air Stone from Lowes to trim it out. All in all it was a major PITA but happy wife is a happy life!

We plan on finishing with some decorative ceramic trim to fill in the gap at the top.



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Old 04-26-2015, 07:48 PM   #2
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Well done. That looks awesome
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Old 04-26-2015, 08:16 PM   #3
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That looks really nice! It is written somewhere that absolutely no project can be completed with any less that 3 trips to the hardware store or home improvement center .
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Old 04-26-2015, 10:24 PM   #4
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Wow. Very nice.


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Old 04-27-2015, 12:29 PM   #5
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That looks really nice! It is written somewhere that absolutely no project can be completed with any less that 3 trips to the hardware store or home improvement center .
And in the case of assembling a barbecue.........24 beers
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Old 04-27-2015, 12:31 PM   #6
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Looks great! You should send these pictures to Prime Time.

Slightly off topic, but have you thought about replacing the ill-designed bed in the bunk room of the 329 with the sofa by the TV? Then you could install dual recliners where the sofa was. That's my dream project, but I'm waiting for someone more talented than me to do it first.
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Old 04-27-2015, 12:44 PM   #7
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That is EXACTLY what we wanted to do to ours, just did not know really how to go about it, that looks amazing! I am going to keep this on the off season to do list when I get my new shop built.
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Old 04-27-2015, 12:45 PM   #8
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That looks awesome! Great job! Wanna come do mine? I also have a 329BHT. LOL
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Old 04-27-2015, 12:48 PM   #9
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Love it!! Wish I had room to put one in our 2012 FR Forester 3011DS. Also want to replace sofa with recliners.
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Old 04-27-2015, 01:28 PM   #10
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This mod was pretty easy. I am a complete novice when it comes to stuff like this.

Here's the steps involved

1. Remove doors and center shelf (I didn't completely remove the shelf but cut out what was needed for the fireplace to slide in - a good utility knife will get you through the shelf material)

2. Build the base support for the fireplace. I used the cross supports from the shelf as a spacer for bottom. This allowed me to put full chunks of 2x6's. I used 3 - 20" long 2x6's stacked on top of each other along with 1 - 20" 5/4 deck board.

3. Cut a piece if 3/4 tongue and groove OSB. 30" x 33 1/2" (measure twice cut once). Make sure you leave the tongue edge on the top (there is a small groove under the countertop lip for this to fit into).

Map out and cut the opening where you want the fireplace. Remember how high up the base extends.

This will fit perfectly over the frame of the cabinet and will space the fireplace out 3/4".

4. Use a 1 3/4" hole saw to cut a hole in the countertop. I did mine in the center towards the wall. This will allow access for the power cord.

Cut 2 more holes in the sides of the cabinet too allow air flow for the heater to breath (this fireplace/heater draws its air from the rear. I place my holes at the top of the cabinet.

Use the hole saw to cut 2 holes in the upper cabinet where the radio is installed. I went to the left of the radio to route the cord the rest of the way to the outlet in top cabinet. Do not cut into the center just below the radio - there a ton of cords in there and you run the risk of damaging your radio and sound system.

5. Install the OSB frame to the from of the cabinet, route the cord to the plug, and install the fireplace.

6. Cut 2 strips of 1/4" Luan board for the sides ( I needed to do this so the air stone had something glue too.

7. Install your decorative surround - air stone, tile or whatever your heart desires.

I did research on materials for the surround and found Air stone at Lowes.

Reach out to me if you have questions. Again I am a novice and found this really easy and fun to do.

I don't have a big shop or a ton of tools at home. Did this in the driveway with help from the DW and a case of beer.
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