Fireplace Fitter Bicester Oxfordshire (OX25): Putting in a new fireplace or re-opening a disused fireplace in your Bicester property is an effective way to add charm and a homely feel to any room. The addition of a wood burning stove or open fire for those cold winters' evenings can even prove to be cheaper than certain central heating systems, providing that you have a ready source of fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can provide you with plentiful hot water at the same time.
But before you begin smashing down the walls of a boarded over fireplace there are some crucial things to consider to achieve an efficient and safe fireplace. All work must observe Part J of the Building Regulations, which addresses the installation and construction of fireplaces, hearths, flue linings and chimney breasts of any combustible appliance. Planning permission may also have to be sought before work commences if your home is in a conservation area or is listed.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple restoration of a pre-existing fireplace can probably be executed by a competent DIY enthusiast, however if any building work is required there's a chance of encountering structural problems which need to be addressed professionally. It may be the case that when you remove the boarding surrounding an old fireplace to find a hidden treasure that needs nothing more than a quick clear out and a call to a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going. What is more common however is a patch of old, crumbling brickwork covering a blocked flue, and needs some form of structural reinforcement before it can be used safely.
A poorly fitted fireplace can cause significant fire risk and respiratory health problems and, as such, should only be fitted by a specialist fireplace installer in Bicester with the knowledge and experience to install it effectively. Airflow must be sufficient in any room in which a fireplace is to be installed; in fact it's a requirement in Part J of the Building Regulations that this is so. If the airflow is not sufficient then it is quite possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide fumes, which can be lethal.
To effectively get around any airflow problems, vents might be installed in the room as part of a fireplace installation, to guarantee suitable levels of oxygen reach the fire. They may also have to install vents in unused chimney flues which can trap condensing air and result in staining and damp spots on your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
It's surprising how much soot and dust can build up inside an old chimney and you won't know exactly what is there until you proceed to open it up. Even with coverings for your home furnishings, the risk of impairment from soot and dust is still likely and it is advised to remove your belongings and any woven materials before any fireplace renovation work commences. If your fireplace is being fitted as part of a larger renovation then it should be one of the first things to be done after you have got the room back to bare walls and floors. This should help to avoid any damage by dirt and chimney soot to any completed work.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
With the fireplace open, it is time to see what can be renovated or replaced and to give the chimney and hearth a good cleaning. You now need to contact your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done so, to come and clean the old fireplace and chimney. They'll be willing to offer professional guidance on the flue and chimney after sweeping, as to the situation with the chimney structure and if it would be advisable to switch the existing flue liner.
Following a chimney sweeps examination it may be required to strengthen the chimney breast or/and install a new flue liner as demanded by Part J of the UK Building Regulations. This type of work should be done by a skilled tradesperson who is familiar with the appropriate building regulations and decent working practices.
In older buildings you may find that the existing fireplace is too big for your purposes, in which case a concrete supporting lintel will be required to modify the opening. When this is complete the next step of your Bicester fireplace installation will be to modernise the hearth. If the current hearth is set into the floor you'll have to raise it above floor level to observe the latest building regs. Pre-made options from slate, concrete or marble are available to achieve this, or your fireplace fitter in Bicester should be able to offer you a bespoke, tailor-made hearth to match the style of your room.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
If you go to a fireplace showroom you're spoilt for choice with a wide array of different choices available to you. Every fireplace might not be appropriate for your existing chimney and flue therefore it is sensible to accept any help and advice from your installation team in relation to your specific situation.
You home's age, and the theme that you are trying to develop for your room, should all help you decide upon the type and design of fireplace which is most suitable. If you have an inglenook fireplace, a cast iron wood burner can look gorgeous in this surrounding, and has the added benefit of reflecting heat back into the room from the stone or brick walls that surround the stove.
If your Bicester home does not have a chimney breast you still have options for a fireplace feature through the installation of a wood burning or multi fuel stove. A pre-existing chimney is not needed because a stainless steel flue is fitted to the rear or top of the stove and taken out through an exterior wall.
WOOD, GAS, MULTI-FUEL, OPEN OR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE?
The ambience and feel of a log fire cannot be matched, but what alternatives are available if this kind of fireplace is not possible within your Bicester home?
Open Fireplaces - A flickering fire is a focal point for any room in your home and it has the capability to burn virtually any solid fuel that is available. An open fire is wonderful to watch and modern fireplaces are no more the draughty, inefficient and smoky objects that they once were.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to suit pretty much any property in Bicester, can easily be fitted by anyone who is reasonable competent. Contemporary electric fires can provide "real" looking flame effects and even the sound of crackling wood to replicate a real open fire when inset into a traditional fireplace.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become "the in thing" in a lot of households in Bicester, and can have classic or modern styling to suit your decor. If combined with a back boiler they can provide steaming hot water for radiators or for other use around the house.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be used with a variety of fuels, including wood, oil, coal or gas, to establish a unique focal point in your home in Bicester. They can be used not merely for heating a single room, but some types like the AGA collection, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the entire house when plumbed into a system of radiators.
Gas Fireplaces - Supplying instant heat and being more efficient (thermally) than wood burning stoves or open fireplaces, there are a wide variety of styles to suit any Bicester home. Gas fireplaces can only be maintained and installed by a qualified Gas Safe registered technician, (formerly CORGI registered).
Fireplace installations are available in Bicester and also in nearby places like: Ardley, Blackthorn, Highfield, Bucknell, Middleton Stoney, Caversfield, Stratton Audley, Caulcott, Lower Arncott, Marsh Gibbon, Ambrosden, Woodfield, Bletchingdon, Wendlebury, Launton, and in these postcodes OX26 2EZ, OX26 2EF, OX26 2BL, OX25 5ZQ, OX26 2AA, OX25 4ZF, OX26 2DX, OX25 4ZE, OX26 2AY, OX25 1WD. Local Bicester fireplace specialists will likely have the telephone dialling code 01869 and the postcode OX25.
Information and Advice
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