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Hole in the wall fireplace is this Plasterboard ok? (Pics)

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by New2DIYing, 22 Jun 2013.

  1. New2DIYing

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    Hi guys

    I am getting a hole in the wall type biofuel fireplace. As it will be biofuel it does not need a vent.

    I am planning to install it in a bordered up chimney. From what I can tell the lower section of the chimney has been bordered up by regular plasterboard and the rest is solid (Pics below).

    From what I have read I may have to take off the plasterboard and instead use some bricks/cement. However as this fireplace will not emit any fumes will this still be required?

    Thanks for the help guys!

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    Plasterboard is ok as long you can get a good fixing. That will be the problem, depending on the weight of the unit.
     
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    Thanks for the reply.

    The unit is heavy!

    My plan is to cut a hole in the plasterboard and then make a sort of bed for the fireplace with piled up bricks and then "slot" the fireplace in.

    The fireplace does come with a bracket to attach it to a wall but I don't think I will need this as it will be inside the wall rather then on the wall.

    Pic for what I mean (everything drawn in black will be within the wall/plasterboard and out of view):

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    What do the instructions say about fixing the unit if it's recessed? It'll be a hot naked flame and I wouldn't just sit it on a pile of bricks.
     
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    The instructions do not cover what to do when recessing the fireplace.

    However the company that sells the fireplace mention the following on their website:

    I am thinking to build up a wall at the back the chimney where I can bolt the fireplace onto. Which will mean the fireplace has been bolted onto a secure wall and is sitting on a bed of bricks. Currently the chimney is too deep to allow for the fireplace to be secured onto the wall behind the plasterboard.

    Thanks again!
     
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    anyone else with advice?

    Thanks!
     
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    You need to ask the supplier/manufacturer for clear instructions. You can't make something like this up as you go along.
     
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    Do I see timber in the pictures?
     
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    None that I know of apart from the skirting. The boards are plasterboards.

    I could be wrong and there may be some timber that I am missing? Have not been here for long!
     
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    Plasterboard is usually nailed or screwed to timber studs
     
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    OK cool thanks for the heads up.

    Whatever the plan I will need to make a hole in the current plasterboard.

    I guess I will do that first and depending on what I find (or don't find) behind the plasterboard will dictate what to do next.

    Will update once the hole is in place :)
     
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