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Preston. - Installation of a Firefox 5 with chimney breast damp treatment.
This is the beginning of construction work for the installation of a multi fuel stove. Prior to the installation, a sizeable area of the chimney breast must be treated for 'salt dampness'. This type of dampness manifests itself as greasy looking patches usually found on or around the chimney breast area. The patches can grow when the atmosphere is wet and humid, and reduce in size when it is dry and more arid.
This image shows the damp membrane applied to the chimney breast frontage. The unique design and properties of the the membrane allow us to plasterboard directly onto it.
The damp has been treated, the walls have been boarded ready for the finish. The hearth has been laid and the internal recess has been fire boarded.
Warrington. - Installation of Firefox 5 with Twin Wall chimney system.
Typical gas installation within a 20-25 year old property. There is no class one chimney breast present - not even a false facade with which to incorporate the installation.
Once the gas appliance has been decommissioned work can begin to install the new wood burner.
The stove has been sited upon a black limestone hearth, the twin wall chimney exits through a normal block-cavity-brick constructed wall. This particular install benefits people who have no class 1 chimney.
This is the Twin Wall chimney system, it enables homes/properties to have a wood/multi fuel burning appliance to be installed in accordance to approved document J of the building regulations.
All finished, adorned with wooden beam and brick effect feature tiling.
Adlington. - Installation Of A Pevex X40 Cube Inset With Portuguese Limestone Hearth And Surround.
There was an existing open flued gas fired appliance fitted in-situ. This was removed along with the old hearth.
The customer was advised that a liner should be installed as it was deemed that the chimney stack leaked. This is normally a good indicator that there may well be more serious issues with the chimney system at lower levels.
The Pevex X40 cube is an inset appliance, ideal if your having a fitted fire surround or have very limited space.
This view shows more of the profile of the appliance, it has a very shallow profile and works very well with the limestone fire surround.
Newton-Le-Willows. Installation of a Gallery Firefox 5 CB Multi Fuel.
This was an existing open fire, used by a council tenant for a local housing association. We have been vetted by two local authorities to enable us to install and fit solid fuel appliances for existing council tenants.
After the demolition has been completed, the recess is tidied up, the chamber is fire boarded and the hearth laid.
The finishing touches are added to the walls.
The finished article, the closure plate has been fitted and the hearth oiled and all the tests run.
Hand over of certificate to the tenant.
Farnworth. Installation of a Burley Debdale 4Kw dedicated wood burner.
This was a project from earlier on this August. The customer had a gas fired appliance, but had a class 1 chimney.
The hearth needed removing as did the decorative pitched faced walling quoins. The opening needed widening and a liner was required too.
Here we see a new hearth, re-plastered walls, fire boarded internal recess and you can just see the bottom edge of the adaptor.
The chimney breast was on the narrow side, so we had to make the augmentation as wide as possible without the actual chimney breast losing any of it's strength or integrity.
Below is the finished install of a Burley Debdale woodburning 4 Kw stove.
Chorley. Installation of a Gallery Classic 8 Kw.
A full chimney augmentation was asked by the customer for this project in Chorley.
A gas fired appliance had been installed within this class 1 chimney system since the 1970s, so a complete overall was needed.
Fire boarded recess, new hearth and plastered finish.
Cutting the skirtings back allows us to make full use of the new hearth, whilst still retaining the period detail of the room.
Darwen. Installation of a Flavel Arundel 5Kw multi fuel stove.
This was a project that had mixed beginnings, the recess was cut out for a cassette type appliance, but was actually being used with a dog basket, an open fire by all accounts.
This view shows the depth of the chimney breast to be augmented. The customer wanted a stove installed and so decided upon the base of the recess being totally taken away.
This photo shows the installation of a Flavel Arundel 5kw. This appliance works really well with the ratio of opening.
The following photos are from a reline and a refit and commissioning of two stoves at a farm property in Brindle. It is the worst installation done by so called 'PROFESSIONALS' that I have ever seen to date. I will post before and after pictures of the stoves that were refitted to illustrate the difference between a competent and a non-competent installation.
This photo is of the stove pipe that connects the stove to the liner via an adaptor, only on this photo you can't see an adaptor for the amount of cement blobbed around where the joint should be. The general finish on the stove pipe is very low, with cement thumb prints, scrapes and scratches, totally sub standard.
This photo shows the 1st section of liner that had to be cut in easy to handle sections as they had to be removed via the living rooms of the farm house. The liner shows 'rainbow' discolouration that is symptomatic of very high temperatures. I would say that this liner has been subjected to a chimney fire, once this occurs the liner needs replacing - there really is no other way round it. A reputable company fitted a new stove to this same liner whilst it was in this condition. This would not be the advice that we would give to a customer.
This shows that the discolouration is nearly the full length of the liner's original length, the liner should be a stainless steel colour.
We cannot stress enough, make sure you use a tried and tested installation company when you require a service, sweep or installation.
The liner and stove pipe in all it's techni-coloured glory.
The potential threat to life is very real from these components you see here, the customer was complaining of 'bad smells' and 'smokey haze' whenever they lit the stoves. In some old properties there can be structural timbers that have become exposed within the roof/chimney area, the whole point of having a working liner that is fit for purpose is to safe guard dwellings from hazards. This liner wouldn't.
Croston. Installation of a Gallery FireFox 5 multi fuel stove.
This particular job was quite compelling, as it was a refit and new install at an address in Croston. The original stove was completely destroyed after the dreadful flooding in the area over Christmas 2016. The rust level on the cast backplate would be indicitive of the water level.
The damage to the entire recess can be seen, there is partial water damage to the walls.
The recess has been relined with fire rated board, the cast iron back plate has been ground out and resprayed, it has a new elevated hearth to give it a real sense of prominence and the chimney has been lined, all in all a very good finish.
Golborne. Installation of a Flavel Arundel 5Kw multi fuel stove.
As with all our installs, we like to take a before and after. This is a straight forward 'knock out'
Care has to be taken when opening up an existing recess.
The installation of a Flavel Arundel 5 kw.
Fully plastered recess, with oak beam and kota black paving for the hearth.
Installation of a Henley Aran 6kw in Horwich.
The full 'knock out' of a chimney breast, plastered finish, kota black hearth and installation of a Henley Aran 6kw.
The following photos show an installation of Fire Fox 5 Kw CB Classic.
This was a very challenging install, the back boiler had to be removed and the chamber had to be formed by cutting half bricks.
However it turned out to reveal a very large recess that blended with the size of the appliance to give a very good aesthetic appeal.
The following four photographs are from an installation of a Esse 500 SE that I did in Croston, Lancashire for Mr Heaton.
To start with a brick chamber had to be built, this is a good example of a rustic chamber using hand made bricks. The only problem, is the hearth, it doesn't have the depth from front to back to accommodate a multi fuel appliance.
So an entirely new hearth had to be built to accommodate the appliance so that it would conform to building regulations.
Here she is, all installed on a new hearth that complies with all building regulations.
All fired up, tested and commissioned.
The following photos are from an installation of an Ashleigh Evergreen 5 k/w that I did in Farnworth, Bolton for Mr Horrocks.
(1) this is a standard chimney breast, with the exception that the chimney is running in from the left as opposed to central. The property has never had a coal fire.
(2) Only when the plaster is removed can we see positively whats going on behind the scenes.
In this case the scenario is quite grim, here we have a cantilever concrete stump lintel resting on a steel I-beam, that has in turn been built into the wall. The back of the chamber directly forms the kitchen wall, as does the right hand side of the chamber.
To take out all of the steel work would involve a partial demolition of the chamber and the use of supports.
(3) Here is a close up of the steel work. Inside this would've been the back boiler.
(4) Before anything else can be done, most of the steel work will have to come out.
(5) Here is a better view of the entire chamber, with the old liner running in from the left.
(6) This photo shows some of the steel removed, the chamber sides have been rebuilt and squared off. The lintel has also been fixed in place.
(7) This photo shows the lintel and sides tidied up and made good, the rest of the redundant bricks have been removed, the new liner has been inserted (to the left) and the hearth has been laid. Sometimes we may have to cut into the floor to lay the hearth, but we do it so as not to cause undue removal of the floor surface.
(8) The fire board has been added to the back and sides, the wall has had it's first coat of plaster.
(9) Definitely not one of the most straight forward installations, but is typical however of a property that wasn't designed to have a wood burning appliance installed (multi fuel and open fire as well). However, the results are very good and this little devil performs very well by all accounts.
(10) The finished article. Thanks Bill for taking this one.
The following set of photos was an installation of an Esse MF 500 for a Mr Jones of Cleveleys.
(1) A standard opening for a gas fire to begin with. Here the gas appliance has been decommissioned and removed to make way for the multi fuel stove.
(2) The knockout is pretty straight forward as is 80% of the time. You will notice how the internal sides of the chamber nearly always need re-building after a knockout.
(3) Sides rebuilt, lintel in.
(4) The liner is in, the appliance installed and the hearth constructed.
The hearth is Kota Black limestone.
(5) Close up of the appliance, the stove pipe exits through a closure plate (sprayed black), the reason for this plate is so that there isn't excessive heat loss up the chimney system and secondly it stops any undesirable objects dropping down on top of the appliance.
(6) Commissioned and tested.
Hamilton Road, Chorley.
The following is an Arada Chelsea 5.0kw for Mr Richard E. of Chorley.
(1) It's all about making the most of what exists. In this case a stunning period brick arch way.
(2) This installation required that a new hearth went down to accommodate the appliance.
(3) The brick archway works extremely well with the compact design of this particular model. Sometimes when a customer is presented with an oversized recess, they tend to choose a bigger appliance, thinking that bigger is better, sometimes this isn't always the case. Richard has got the proportions spot on with his choice of appliance. I'm sure you will agree this install works really well in keeping with the contemporary feel of the archway, which in turn allows the stove pipe to add to the feature.
The following set of photographs are from a recent project that was undertaken. The main point that I do want to stress is the fact that this project needed a major overhaul of the chimney breast works.
(1) These two photographs show the extent to which the knockout goes to. It's never a pretty sight, especially to the customer, but it can all be cleared away. What we have here is a left dropping chimney system in the extreme. As can be seen from the breast works it is completely off center. To center the recess in this instance would require a lot of remedial building work, so the customer decided on utilising the right hand side as a decorative feature. (2)
(3) This photo shows how the original breastwork has been brought slightly forward to accommodate the overall dimensions and spacing of the appliance.
(4) In addition to the block work, a double lintel has been installed above the recess to give added structural stability.
(5) This photo shows the hearth has been laid, the sides and back have been boarded out, the decorative beam has been fixed to the wall, the appliance has been installed and commissioned. All in all a very tidy and neat job.
(6) Plastering finished, just needs to dry out a little bit more.
(7) The right hand side of the recess is to be used as a decorative log store
Here we have a period 1930s feature fire surround.
The gas supply has been cut, the appliance decommissioned.
The demolition of an already existing fireplace is seldom a pretty sight.
The demolition has revealed the original load bearing arch. This can sometimes be used to create a stunning feature in it's own right.
The lintel is added to give squareness to the chamber aperture.
The chamber has been plastered, the hearth has been laid and the liner is down.
Installation completed. The appliance is a Pevex Bohemia X 40 Cube.
This install required that the chamber be lined in the same media as the hearth, in this instance, it is lined in Kota black limestone.
A good effect can be achieved without spending a fortune on the internal chamber.
The most striking point about using limestone in this way, is that it gives a very grande finish.
The chamber closure plate is sprayed black to finish off the effect.