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Usually the height of the mantle should be at least 20 inches above the fireplace opening. However, always check with the building inspector for the rules in your area.How high should a mantel be above a gas fireplace?
The NFPA calls for any mantel that is 2 inches deep to be a minimum of 11 inches from the top of the fireplace's fire box. A 4-inch deep mantel should be 13 inches from the fire box. A 6-inch mantel should be 15 inches away. An 8-inch deep mantel should be 17 inches above the fire box, and a 10-inch mantel needs to be 19 inches above the fireplace.What is a mantle fireplace?
The fireplace mantel or mantelpiece, also known as a chimneypiece, originated in medieval times as a hood that projected over a fire grate to catch the smoke.