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Any fireplace experts out there?

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paneer Mon 23-Dec-13 21:01:24

I have 2 things I am thinking of....

I have a lovely original fire surround in my living room (Edwardian surround). When I first moved in years back I put in a gas fire.

However the gas fire is expensive and doesn't provide much heat. So I am thinking of getting the gas fire removed and getting an open fire grate fitted. Does this sound doable (am yet to contact the fireplace people). Will it be really expensive.

The next question... my kitchen is in a single story extension. It's flipping freezing in there. So dreaming of a log burner. There is no chimney - can this be done? It's against the outside wall. Can a chimney flue thing go straight out?

TheOneWithTheNicestSmile Mon 23-Dec-13 21:05:27

My friend has a (tall) single storey living room extension & her stove stands in one corner; flue goes up & then out, no probs

Re the fireplace, assuming there is still an open flue up to the chimney (ie the chimney breast in the room above is still there) you should be able to open up & have a fire again (do you have the inner surround as well as the mantelpiece bit?)

specialsubject Mon 23-Dec-13 21:07:05

open fires have gone out (so to speak..) for a reason - very inefficient. Make that two log burners.

you'll need a HETAS person for a quote. Don't expect much response for the next couple of months.

1sassylassy Mon 23-Dec-13 21:09:46

Dont know about the open fire plan.
The wood burner is certainly doable but its not going to be cheap.

stretch Mon 23-Dec-13 21:13:29

DH says

"Yes you can remove the gas fire and have a solid fuel fire should not be expensive all depends on what's there. (Eg you will need a sortable hearth and fire back you can pick grate up cheap from amazon,eBay or wilkos. As for a wood burner that can be flued to a out side wall and up the side of the property using a twin wall system. Can cost 2000 to 3000 pound fitted by a heats registered fitter. Be careful when buying cheap stove online as some are made of cheap material and will crack "

stretch Mon 23-Dec-13 21:14:40

* HETAS. *suitable

stretch Mon 23-Dec-13 21:15:13

DH fits fireplaces for a living btw! gringrin

paneer Mon 23-Dec-13 22:31:54

Ooh, thanks for the comments.

special I have an pretty tiled surround and don't want to loose it which is why I was thinking open fire. DD's childminder has an open fire and their house is always toasty, or maybe mine is always so flipping cold. If I could get a stove there too....

stretch, thanks. I knew there would be an expert! I have a surround and a hearth already in my living room.

paneer Mon 23-Dec-13 22:45:01

going to call them tomorrow to see when they might be able to come and talk to me in person. So bloody sick of my freezing cold house

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