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Please chat to me about hearths for wood burners?

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lolalotta Thu 11-Apr-13 12:43:08

OK, so just moved house into a 1930s property. We might be getting a wood burner (eeeeeeek!) Just thinking about hearth stones, what does your wood burner stand on and who sorts that out??? Instalation company or builder??? Also wondering what would suit a 1930s property? Am loving this look I think it could suit...we hope to restore the original floorboards and would love to expose the original brickwork but am unsure of wether this is even practical/ possible!?! What do you all think?

lolalotta Fri 12-Apr-13 17:43:44

Also just wondering how long it takes a wood burner to get going or does it vary from model to model?

EeyoreIsh Fri 12-Apr-13 17:51:31

We've just set everything up for a wood burner in our victorian house.

We put fire safe plaster board around the sides and back. I've also seen bricks or slate.

We had horrible green 1970s tiles and concrete. We levelled this out and put slate tiles on top. We checked building regs to make sure it all meet requirements.

We simply put the slate tiles on top of the old tiles. That meant we had a height difference between the floor boards and the hearth.

Our slate tiles were from wickes. We got them super cheap smile

it looks fab grin

stealthsquiggle Fri 12-Apr-13 18:42:32

They are very very heavy - even the mini one which we replaced in our sitting room, and then recycled into the dining room to replace the horrible gas fire nearly killed DH and I whilst moving it.

We have not had to worry about floors as we are using existing hearths on a solid floor, but I would say that everything anywhere near gets hot - even the cat retreats to the other side of the room when our main wood burner gets going grin

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 12-Apr-13 18:55:39

I have a double-doored one in my sitting room, which is upstairs and thus far the floor has not given way. It sits on tiles which look terracotta, but dark and is inside a large, brick inglenook. I don't have a mantlepiece apart from the jutting top of the brick fireplace. I love my log burner, but the glass in one of the doors cracked last time it was lit and now needs replacing - hope it's not too £££

Pudden Fri 12-Apr-13 19:20:16

I haven't used these personally but a few people have used it on another forum and recommend them

Pudden Fri 12-Apr-13 19:27:22

lolalotta I've got a Morso Panther and it gets going straightaway- a few bits of kindling ( chopped up pallets) and some twists of newspaper and then a couple of logs.

lolalotta Fri 12-Apr-13 19:28:48

Oh Pudden, your woodburner looks lovely! grin

ElectricSheep Fri 12-Apr-13 23:30:55

Thanks, Pudden Will do some more research for a mantle. At the moment I've just got a bare plastered wall which I quite like. But I used to have a fire surround before the burner and it was useful. (I dry my washing on a chair in front of the fire overnight when I'v forgotten I need something for the morning, but I'm always worried about the fire risk).

Lola Odds are, if there's already a hearth there and it's for a fireplace that was originally solid fuel you've got nothing to worry about. You can probably just put down whatever sort of new hearth you decide on on top. But with regard to the weight issue, I'd have a look in another part of the room and see if you can work out what sort of floor it is.

ElectricSheep Fri 12-Apr-13 23:34:53

Also my burner gets going easily enough, but it does take about an hour to really warm up the room. That said, I often have to open the door to the hall to cool down a bit! And it warms up the room above which has the chimney breast as the flue gets really hot too. I think it must be very good for the house with the combination of ventilation as air is drawn in and all the brickwork being regularly warmed - no damp problems!

Alwayscheerful Fri 12-Apr-13 23:41:36


I have had 3 different wood burners and the clearview is fab, really worth the extra money.

I think we have the 8kw pioneer, very little waste and heats up quickly but that is mostly down to the quality of the wood (it needs to be nice and dry) and the draw of the chimney.

We have seasoned wood delivered and tonnes of heatlogs, be sure tomusenthe extruded ones with a hole in the centre.

MrsJamin Sat 13-Apr-13 09:08:50

We are also buying a 30s house with a woodburner, at the moment there's exposed brick which I'm not mad keen on so looking into cheap options to make it look better. Would love some tiles - lolalotta your orange ones sound very exciting! Would love to see a pic. Pudden I love your set up, will try and do something like this I think.

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