Fireplace Fitter Northallerton North Yorkshire (DL6): Re-opening an old disused fireplace to fit an open fire, a gas fire or a wood burner is a wonderful way to add some charm and a homely feel to any Northallerton home. The addition of an open fire or multi-fuel stove for those cold winter evenings can even be more cost effective than certain central heating systems, so long as you have a regular source of timber or fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can supply you with a plentiful supply of steaming hot water at the same time.
Before you begin chipping away at a blocked up chimney there are a few things you'll need to consider to make sure you can install your new fireplace in an efficient and safe way. All work must follow Part J of the Building Regulations, which covers the construction and installation of chimney breasts, flue linings, hearths and fireplaces of any combustible appliance. If you reside in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you must check with local council to see if planning permission is necessary for a fireplace installation in your home.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be able to do some of the restoration work to a blocked up fireplace if you have the skills needed, however there is always a problem in finding safety and structural issues that need to be resolved professionally. It might be that in order to get a fire roaring once more you'll need nothing more than a good clean of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. It is much more likely that you will come across a stopped up flue and crumbling brickwork that requires structural reinforcement.
Because of the acute fire risk and health problems that can result from an incorrectly installed or renovated fireplace, it is preferable to avail yourself of the experience and knowledge of a specialist fireplace fitter in Northallerton. There always has to be airflow into a room where a fireplace is installed to guarantee adequate levels of oxygen for the fire to burn properly. Inadequate oxygen means that the fire will not burn well, and a build up of carbon monoxide fumes could occur, which can lead to death.
To successfully get over any issues with air flow, vents might be installed around the room as part of a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable oxygen levels reach the fire. To avoid condensed air becoming trapped in unused or blocked off chimney flues and producing damp spots and staining, vents might need to be installed by the fireplace installation team to enhance the airflow.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
It is surprising just how much muck and soot can accumulate inside an old fireplace and you will not know exactly what's there until you open it up. Even with coverings for your furniture, the chance of damage from dust and soot is still likely and it's advisable to remove your belongings and any woven materials before any fireplace renovation work begins. If you are installing a fireplace as part of a larger home renovation project then it should be one of the initial things to be completed after you've got the room back to bare floors and walls. This should help to avoid any damage by soot and other chimney dirt to any completed restoration work.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you have revealed your old fireplace you'll have a better idea of the work that needs to be done, and also be in a position to sweep the chimney and clean any hearth that remains. You now ought to contact your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done this, to come and clean the old fireplace and chimney. They'll not only ensure that your chimney and flue are nice and clean, but they can additionally take a look at the state of the chimney and flue liner and offer advice about whether you need to replace any part of the flue and chimney.
It might be vital to install a new flue lining to conform to the Building Regulations, and work may also be needed to strengthen the existing chimney and breast. This work needs to be completed by a skilled tradesperson who is familiar with the appropriate building regulations and good working practices.
If the size of the existing fireplace is larger than your needs, a supporting concrete lintel will have to be put in. When you've supported your fireplace with a new lintel it will then be necessary to repair or upgrade the hearth. You might find the original hearth has been set into a void in the floor, however to abide by current building regulations it must be raised above floor level. Pre-made options from slate, concrete or marble are available to achieve this, or your fireplace installer in Northallerton should be able to provide you with a bespoke, custom-made hearth to match the style of your room.
STYLE OF FIREPLACE
Choosing your perfect fireplace can be tricky when faced with the different styles available from an online retailer or fireplace showroom. Every fireplace will not be suitable for your existing flue and chimney therefore it's wise to accept any advice and guidance offered by your sales and installation team with regards to your particular circumstances.
Some rooms and properties will look better with an open fireplace than a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner and vice versa. As an example, an inglenook fireplace can be a perfect backdrop to an old-fashioned cast iron wood burning stove, highlighting its charm and reflecting heat back into the room.
A wood-burning stove is also a splendid choice if you don't have a chimney breast in your Northallerton home. As long as you've got an exterior wall through which a stainless steel flue from the top or back of the stove can be routed, you don't need a pre-existing chimney in place to enjoy a real fire.
GAS, WOOD, ELECTRIC, OPEN OR MULTI-FUEL FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a dark evening creates a charm and ambience that simply can't be matched, however what are the other options available to fit in your new fireplace in Northallerton?
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace that can be used with different fuels such as smokeless coal, wood, briquettes and other flammable materials. A skillfully installed contemporary open fire will be nothing like the smoky old fireplace that was boarded up by previous owners, and its glowing charm is a welcome addition to any property in Northallerton.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Multi-fuel stoves provide you with options to use gas, coal, oil and wood to deliver a multipurpose heater for any house in Northallerton. They can be used not only for heating a single room, but some styles like the AGA range, can provide useful cooking areas, supply hot water and can be used to heat the entire property if they're plumbed into a radiator system.
Electric Fireplaces - Simple installation and a wide choice of styles make electric fireplaces an extremely popular choice for Northallerton homes without a chimney breast. Modern electric fires can provide "real" looking flame effects and even the crackling sound of wood to imitate an open fire when set into into a traditional fireplace.
Wood Burning Stoves - Wood burning stoves have become very popular in many households in Northallerton, and can have modern or classic styling to complement your decor. An integrated back boiler is an added benefit and could provide hot water for personal use, or for heating for the house via radiators.
Gas Fireplaces - Come in a range of styles to suit your home and are typically more thermally efficient than wood burning stoves. Must be professionally maintained and installed by Gas Safe certified (replaced CORGI register in 2009) engineer.
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