Here is a pictorial description of how our installation was performed
The original fire and surround
Removing the old surround and gas fire – opening up our living room to the elements
Gas tapped off and electrics made safe also – the old fire had a fan to extract any gas fumes through a vent in the side wall of the house.
Then they obtained a windy pick and basically knocked my wall to bits to make way for the new opening for the inglenook and stove – this gave me a headache I can tell you.
As this is a supporting wall they installed two concrete RSJ’s to support the wall.
They then repaired the wall, built out both sides of the false chimney breast and fitted the genuine oak beam.
They prepared the floor for the new hearth. This was where they finished for day one.
Fireboard inserted, and back of hearth was then installed.
First stage of the rendering of the walls was then completed.
Second part of the hearth was then inserted – the installation of the hearth took them quite a while as it is solid Green Lakeland slate and is is very heavy!!!
Then the surround was plastered.
This picture shows where the flue exits the back wall of the house – again if you had a real chimney this could exit upwards directly into it. They prepared the flue and this is where they finished day two.
This picture shows the installation of the double lined flue onto the outside wall of the house – it shows the T-piece, and the weather shield at the top.
Stainless steel flue from front of house as you can see (or not see) it is very unobtrusive so does not look out of place even on a modern house.
Taped up ready for painting – incidentally we did this ourselves.
This picture shows the fireplace after two coats of paint.
The finished product with all trimmings and accessories – and working!!!