Opening up chimney breast for stove

16 Sep 2013
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United Kingdom
Hi guys,

Just after a bit of advice on opening up chimney breast to put a wood burning stove in. The house was built 1916 and I have took the plaster off the wall which revealed quite a large fireplace which has been filled in. You can see this in the picture. The lintel is an arch and if you look closely you can see either side of the arch there is some iron pegs sticking out I presume this is a curved iron support in there, would that be correct?

So what I want to know is-

1. Is the archway the lintel and is it a supporting structure (along with the iron support?)

2. Will it be safe to take all the bricks out that have filled in the original fireplace beneath the arch?

Thanks for your help in advance, any tips etc would be much appreciated.

Cheers Dave

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Thanks for the reply, it all seemed to come out fine and nothing caved in.

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