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Help! What’s this behind fireplace??

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mandmurfin, 22 May 2018.

  1. mandmurfin

    mandmurfin

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    We’ve just moved in and want to remove the old fashioned electric fire but keep the lovely surround. We’ve pulled it out to find this behind which looks like some kind of grate?? Thing is I want to fill the fireplace with logs to make it more of a feature as we never use a fire anyway but to do this I need a flat wall so can the grate be removed and if so how?? Thanks

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    Looks a lot like the chimney was not in use for a considerable time.

    Previous owner has blocked off the hearth and done the correct thing, that being placed a vent to stop condensation from forming in the un-used flue hopefully the chimney has been given a vented cap or terminal.

    Both the above will assist in preventing as above condensation forming in the old un-used flue, if such prswcautions are not taken severe staining can occur both internally and externally .

    Do you want to enlarge the opening? or fill the space you have now with cut down logs?

    Ken
     
  4. mandmurfin

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    We just want to fill it with logs to achieve something like this...
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  5. mattylad

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    Remove it, do what your thinking but put a new vent in the roof\top of the hole you make.

    That will enable you to use the space for the feature you require but still keep the rest of the chimney ventilated.
     
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    Problem with a new vent in the soffit or roof / ceiling within the fire place is that any soot falling down the old flue will be allowed to fall through the vent and that stuff is small in diameter and gets everywhere, there is also the possibility of the vent being blocked up by the falling debris in the flue
     
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    Possibly fit a circular vent into the roof section with a right angled plastic pipe section to stop soot/debris dropping through.
     
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