Stage 4 - Install new slow combustion fireplace

The main reason we removed the brick fireplace and chimney was to open the room up, and utilise the formal dining room which was such a stupid space we stored stuff there instead (and named it the formal storage room :). However the open fire used to burn an enormous amount of wood and frankly didn't do a great job at actually heating the house - I suspect most of the heat went up the chimney. We still liked the idea of a wood fire so I sought out a slow combustion fireplace that would do the job, and found a dual-door model supposedly big enough for Shamley Green. The story of that fireplace being bought and the series of mishaps that followed (multiple delayed deliveries, incorrect parts ordered, incorrect parts arriving, constant swaps of parts like fascia kits and flue kits, and even bits like screws missing off the final unit!) is a saga in itself but eventually the fireplace was delivered by trusty Brad the builder and temporarily stored on our picnic table until we'd cut a hole in the wall and built a plinth and tiled it.

Dad borrowed an engine hoist from a neighbour and came and helped me move the fireplace onto the tiles, a process which required come ingenuity with various obstacles:

After installing the fascia kit 3 times so the fireplace would miss the roof trusses, I could plumb the drop from ceiling to spigot and ensure an accurate ceiling cutout for the flu kit. Mind you I scratched the tiles pretty badly sliding the fireplace forwards and back constantly trying to get the fascia kit location just right.

Uncle Bob gave me a hand installing the flu through the ceiling and roof, and 2 hours later we were ready to light the first fire . . .

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Last Updated: 2nd June, 2006 01:00