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Hole in the wall fireplace near timber studs? Help. + Pics

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by New2DIYing, 3 Aug 2013.

  1. New2DIYing

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    Removing that much timber could cause your plasterboard to warp and the plaster to split over time, especially as it'll be experiencing significant temperature changes. I would expect, however, that you'll need to create some kind of frame to attach the fire to.

    You should concern yourself with the potential for fire risk as well, and therefore the required clearances for the fire from such combustible materials as the timber frame and the plasterboard. Some parts of the fire will undoubtedly get very hot during use
     
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    £1+ an hr to run, i don't think you will be using that fire much :eek:
     
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    Thanks for the reply.

    I am thinking I will remove the left exposed beam over a bit more to the left resulting in only one beam being removed from the frame.

    The fire comes with a bracket which will be attached to the back brick wall and then the fire will mount that (so it wont actually be putting any weight / be resting on the plasterboard).

    This leaves me with, as you mentioned, potential for fire risk. As a minimum there will be at least a 10cm gap between the back box containing the fire and any timber frame. The plasterboard will also be skimmed and have wallpaper on it before fire is fitted.

    Do you think this will be enough to mitigate the potential for fire risk and/or any warping/splitting in the plasterboard?

    Agreed that this fire isn't the most economical in the world :cry:
     
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    Plasterboard is quite flammable, and wallpaper is generally very flammable. I would ask the manufacturers what their recommended clearances are
     
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    And no real heat

    Why ARE you buying one of these? There is no heat, so an evening of ambience, say 3 hours per day, would cost £90 per month.

    Bargain
     
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    If your fire will get hotter than 49c on any part touching the plasterboard, it shouldn't be inserted into a plasterboard wall.

    http://www.british-gypsum.com/Technical-Advice/FAQs

    If it turns out it won't get hotter than 49c, then you need to remove the timber, and re-frame in metal stud, properly framing the opening in the plasterboard. I'd suggest using either fireline, or glasroc boards.

    Best way to deal with it is to remove the plasterboard and timber frame completely and form a brick opening for the fire, then re-plaster the chimney breast.
     
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