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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:09 pm 
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I've just removed an old gas fire and opened up the reveal behind. I can see there's a fairly substantial supporting arch to the width of the opening. I was wondering if it would be possible to widen the opening to roughly the width of an end on brick (ie where my spirit level is) on either side? (To accommodate a new gas insert or stove). Obviously this would be wider than the arch by a few inches - would this compromise the support and would it likely encroach into the flue from the downstairs flat? I'm assuming it's in the chimney breast somewhere?

Any help would be much appreciated!


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Safest to chop out and put a wider lintel in. Stacks have a terrific amount of weight bearing down.

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youve got to now the stoveor insert makers instructions for what ht an width you will need.probly have to go up for a stove so a lintel needed.
make sure you now where the downstairs flue is in the breast. sweep an smoke bomb the flues before operating any stove.
do you have aa hearth set in the floor?



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don't forget to get the flue swept, tbh it look likes a typical Edwardian/Victorian fireplace opening

iirc any structural work you will need to get the ok from the freeholder, especially if you need a flue liner installed



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Thanks for the replies - could I install a concrete lintel over the existing arch? There's a marble hearth in front of the chimney breast, but nothing inside the fireplace. I was only going to use a gas stove (if I end up choosing that) which I don't think need a sweep or liner? Might be safest to find a smaller inset gas fire!

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you can set a lintel above the arch. do you then mean to rebuild the arch wider or remove evrything below the lintel? i said a hearth set in the floor not a deco hearthbut if your not using solid fuel its not important.
sweep an smoke test the flues always for safty an remove soot.



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Ok great - I've actually now found an in the wall insert fire which will fit in the opening, so no need for any structural work! :) I'll get the chimney checked out - thanks for your help.



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