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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:48 pm 
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hi i could do with a bit of advice please.
I have recently had my old gas fire removed, and i'm wanting to replace it with an inset, hole in the wall style electric fire (mainly for the aesthetics). The fire that i'd like needs a hole cutting through to the wall cavity between me and my neighbours, and the hole would encroach into the flue.

Is it possible to remove the bottom part of the flue and surrounding concrete bricks etc? would i need a lintel to support the flue above? and if this is possible what is the best way of cutting this hole? (the concrete flue seems extremely hard!) please see diagram if i haven't explained this too well.
I have fairly limited experience at this kind of thing although i'm keen to give it a go, as long as there are no major catatrophies likely!! thanks


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Hi, and welcome to the forum.

I can not see any roblems with what you are doing!

You will need to install a small lintel though or else the bricks could rake down and you do not want that.

You can see how to install a lintel here- Installing a lintel

You should not need the acrows to do this on a chimney, unless it is a massively wide one. when you remove a few bricks the ones above do not normally fall down straight away.

It would be best if you could remove one line of bricks, except for the ones that will be holding up the lintel (at the ends), then insert the lintel before removing the rest of the bricks from beneath.

you should end up with something like the picture that I have attached.

The only thing concerning me is the flue, it is best to keep it open for ventillation, but you may get crap falling down it and landing on your new fire!


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I think you enjoy doing those little pics Chaz :lol:


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Only-Me wrote:
I think you enjoy doing those little pics Chaz :lol:


Not half as much as looking at your avatar :lol:

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