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Can I use radiator cover to hide my baxi bermuda fire???


 
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littlemissaphrodite

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:42 pm Reply with quote

Hiya

Ive got a really old and ugly baxi bermuda fire (552 boiler). Cant afford to replace the central heating so stuck with it! Dont actually use it as my radiators give enough heat. I do get it serviced every year so its in good working order, just wondering if i can cover it with a radiator cover so there is still plenty of ventilation getting through but hiding the fire.

Any advice etc more than welocme

Thanks:)
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doitall

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:19 pm Reply with quote

Make that a No. icon_rolleyes.gif
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littlemissaphrodite

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:17 pm Reply with quote

oh well worth a shot.....and theres me thinking it was a great idea icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:29 pm Reply with quote

You can buy new fire fronts for most models.
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twgas

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:37 pm Reply with quote

doitall wrote:
You can buy new fire fronts for most models.


they're still fairly ugly (in my opinion), but at least they're clean and tidy
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littlemissaphrodite

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:50 pm Reply with quote

yeah had a look at them and they are not that nice and really quite expensive, just have to leave it be i suppose, thanks again
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jamesbew

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:30 am Reply with quote

I am in the same position at the moment with an old Baxi Bermuda in the dining room of our new house. I think I'm with the majority that say they don't like the look of these things and the 'modern/contemporary' fire fronts that are available are horrible!

I'd like to have the option of replacing it with a back boiler that was totally hidden and didn't have a fire front on it. In the mean time I'd like to remove the wooden box on the front and cover it with a radiator cover or make a cover for it. I've done a bit of searching to see if this has been done before and keep seeing people give an extremely unhelpful answer NO! Can these people that object give a reason? I am going to remove the front, make a cover that covers the whole ugly guts of the thing, making sure to leave some ventilation for the back boiler.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:38 am Reply with quote

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I've done a bit of searching to see if this has been done before and keep seeing people give an extremely unhelpful answer NO!


Oh...go on then. see you in the undertakers icon_lol.gif

Seriously though the fire front and the boiler share a flue, so you can't remove the front and leave the boiler working.
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Corgigrouch

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:13 am Reply with quote

I'd like to drive round in a van with square wheels because I think that it is aesthetically pleasing... But all of the mechanics I talk to are unhelpful and say no..... Ha! they know nothing, I'll fit square wheels anyway 'cos I know better than they do.

OP, this site has quite a few reasons stating exactly why your idea won't work safely... Feel free to use the search button
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mickyg

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:16 am Reply with quote

jamesbew wrote:
I've done a bit of searching to see if this has been done before and keep seeing people give an extremely unhelpful answer NO!


For good reason. Its illegal and dangerous. The 2 appliances are designed and tested as one unit with one shared flue.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:26 am Reply with quote

I saw this exact scenario a few months ago,some chap had polish lads renovating his property and asked them to make a rad cover for his horrible looking back boiler.

As soon as walked in and saw a rad cover in front of the fireplace i realised something was wrong ,after speaking to him and explaining how the fire and the backboiler work togther so you cant just remove the fire and make it aesthetically pleasing i capped of the boiler
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The funny thing is he explained to me he had been getting headaches for quite a while and never suffered these before the renovation began,the nutter was lucky not to have killed himself and his family
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Corgigrouch

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:05 pm Reply with quote

I had a customer who had a wall unit covering her BBU and fire.. She argued that if she used the fire, then she always opened the cupboard doors. Lots of soot clogging the Heat exchanger as the unit and doors were quite a nice tight snug fit. Fortunately the gas valve gave up the ghost before things got terminal..

My argument is, why do home owners think that they know better than a professional? A simple "No, you cannot do that" should suffice
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