Measure the outside of the cast back and mark this in pencil onto the chimney breast (from the top of the hearth) Remove bricks from the marked out area until the opening is large enough for the cast back to fitinto Install a lintel above the fire opening
How do you restore a Victorian cast iron fireplace?
Most Victorian fireplaces are cast iron with decorative tiled panels either side. If the tiles and indeed the cast iron is covered in paint, you should scrape this off with a scraper and possibly using paint stripper to reveal the original tiles. Apply stovax or lead polish to restore the cast iron to it’s original glory.
How to fit a fireplace?
Guide to fitting a fireplace 1 Tiles. … 2 Hearth. … 3 Fire opening and fire back (concrete) Protect the hearth with an old blanket, place the insert onto the hearth put the wooden surround on top of the hearth around the … 4 Cast iron Insert and wooden Surround. … 5 Combination Fireplaces. …
Are fireplaces a period feature in a Victorian house?
Fireplaces can be beautiful centrepieces in all rooms of your Victorian house but they are enhanced incredibly as a period feature if they work and provide a source of heating too. We’ll help you achieve that with this article which focuses on bringing your Victorian fireplaces back to life.
Can you use a woodburner in a Victorian fireplace?
There’s only a selection of woodburners which can be used due to sweeping requirements and size. See type of woodburner for a Victorian fireplace below. Most Victorian fireplaces have a fireback in place, which can be easily removed to gain extra depth for your woodburner.
How do I install a fireplace back on a chimney?
The finish level should be below this point. Now fit the fireplace using plugs and good sized screws – suggested over 2” long – note this is to the wall having removed any plaster around the fitting area first. The fireplace should sit on the brick of the chimney and then be plastered up to it afterwards with no air gaps.
What holds the chimney stack up?
Once removed check there is a lintel. This is what holds the chimney stack up, so it would be above the opening. It can sometimes be in an arched shaped end of brick. Be sure to put in a lintel if you think you do not have one.
How big is the opening on a fireplace?
Don’t worry as behind this is the original opening which is often around 36“ square.
Can you leave a firebrick back in place?
Before the fitting of the ‘new’ fireplace you will need to remove anything that is there that you are not using to get it back to how it was before any fireplace was ever fitted. If you are re-using the hearth or the firebrick back you can leave them in position if you prefer. This can be very dirty job so make sure you have either cleared the room or at very least moved back any furniture, and covered it with dust sheets etc. Don’t forget ventilation!
Do fire bricks have to be touching?
The firebrick back should be touching the fireplace and don’t worry too much if they do not form a seal as when the fire is lit the back gets very hot quickly and expands, hence a small gap is desirable. Please note that there should never be a gap at the back of the firebrick as it can cause turbulence, making a very poor fire.
Can a gas fireplace be tiled?
If you are using a decorative gas effect fire – the hearth can be in one piece or tiled, however the regulation states that it needs to be plinthed or built up if tiled.
Can fireplaces be different?
Please note fireplaces can individually differ and this guidance is only given as general advice. We cannot accept responsibility for the workmanship of anyone other than our own fitters.
What engineer is needed to fit a solid fuel fireplace?
To fit a Solid fuel fireplace use a Hetas qualified engineer .
Where do you make a channel for a gas fire?
If you are having a gas fire fitted you will have to make a channel at the back of the hearth for the gas pipe to run from the supply to the fire.
Does Victorian Fireplaces Ltd take responsibility for any issues?
Please note this is a guide only and Victorian Fireplaces Ltd accept no responsibility for any issues which may occur through the use of this guide.
How wide is a constructional fireplace?
A constructional hearth will usually consist of fireproof material at least 6 inches deep, around 48 inches wide and extending out approximately 18 inches . A good start when fitting any fireplace is to check whether the chimney breast is plumb and if the floor in front of it is level using a spirit level.
How to tell if a chimney is sound?
Smoke tests are very simple. A smoke pellet is burned in the fire opening. Smoke should emerge from the correct terminal only (usually one chimney pot). This is a good indication that your flue is sound. However, since many houses have had their flues messed around with at some stage I feel that there is no substitute for seeing the bristles of a chimney-sweeps brush emerging from the top of your chimney pot!
How to test a flue?
The usual method for testing a flue is the smoke test. Although you can do this yourself, I would always advise that an experienced person carry this out. Fireplace fitters, builders and especially chimney sweeps may be your best bet. A local chimney sweep from your yellow pages will clean your chimney, which should always be done when fitting a new fire, and should also be able to do a smoke test to check the flue for soundness.
Why won’t my flue smoke rise?
If the smoke stubbornly refuses to rise up the flue it may be because it is capped off at the top. Capped flues must be uncapped to do a flue smoke flow test. However, it may just be that the flue is filled with moist, cold air. This air will be heavier than that in the room and prevent the smoke from rising. Warming the flue with a blowtorch or burning some sheets of newspaper inside it will often do the trick of getting the smoke moving up the chimney, enabling it to be checked
What size liner should I use for a brick chimney?
An existing metal liner within a brick flue may indicate previous problems which have necessitated the flue being lined. A single wall 5 inch diameter liner will work with class II gas fires only. A single wall 7 inch liner is for class I or class II gas fires. An 8 inch twin walled stainless steel liner are tested for solid fuel appliances and will also accommodate gas fires. The liners must be adequately sealed within the flue at both the bottom of the chimney terminal and should generally be in one single length.
What is a constructional hearth?
The constructional hearth is the patch of fireproof material (either a concrete, stone or tiled surface) in every wooden floored house that should finish flush with the floorboards in front of where the fire is to be fitted.
What to do if you think your fireplace is brick?
If you find yourself confronted by a solid brick wall where you think the fireplace used to be, remove the vent or knock a hole in the wall to enable a smoke check to be done on the flue.
How long does Liberon iron paste dry?
I made sure it got into every single nook and cranny! After leaving it to dry for 4 hours, I buffed the paste with a clean duster.
What can you see in the before pic?
The before pic. You can see how much the layers of paint were blurring the details.
Can you wrap a fireplace in plastic?
Once I applied the product, I covered it in the plastic sheets that also come with the Peelaway tub. It’s recommended to apply and secure the sheets as tightly as possible so that air bubbles don’t get caught between the product and the plastic. A suggestion made to me afterwards was to wrap the covered fireplace in cling film to really stop the air from getting to the product and drying it out.
Can wire brush drills remove paint?
Once I’d got all the paint off that I could, I bought some wire brush drill attachments from my local DIY shop. They were really effective at removing the final paint and rust reside. You will want goggles for this bit!
Can you pull off plastic sheeting on a fireplace?
If you’ve got a bigger fireplace, I don’t recommend pulling off all the plastic sheeting at once, it’s better to uncover it gradually and work in sections as you don’t want the Peelaway to dry out.
Can I use my Victorian fireplace?
There is no reason why you can’t use your Victorian fireplace as long as some checks are made and potentially some work is done if required as decribed below to make sure it is safe to use. You may wish to restore your fireplace just for decorative purposes or because you wish to use it as an extra source of heating as well as a period feature (it is unlikely to serve as your main source of heating). If you do not intend to use it, you should use a chimney balloon inside it which will stop hot air escaping and prevent debris from coming down. Please note that experts advise that a chimney balloon is a temporary fix and is usually used whilst a fire is out of use for summer and that ultimately the chimney still needs to breathe to stop damp from forming. This is good advice and if the chimney is not going to be used on a permanent basis, then it would be best to plate it off above the opening height and have an air vent installed in the plate.
What is a flue liner?
A must have upgrade to your chimney for safe and efficient use is a flexible flue liner which enables the sweeping of the chimney to be more efficient. This stops heat being transferred onto the bricks and out of the building and being lost. A flue liner is installed by the pots being taken off the top of the chimney and the flue liner being dropped down from the top so this is a job you’d need to use a specialist for and is not a DIY job even if you are very hands on.
How to check if smoke is coming out of chimney?
Use smoke pellets or have your chimney smoke tested to check that the smoke is coming out of the top of your chimney and nowhere else and there are no blockages. – if there are blockages this will require further investigation and remedy by a qualified Hetas engineer or indeed may require structural chimney repairs.
Can a fireplace be in a Victorian house?
Fireplaces can be beautiful centrepieces in all rooms of your Victorian house but they are enhanced incredibly as a period feature if they work and provide a source of heating too. We’ll help you achieve that with this article which focuses on bringing your Victorian fireplaces back to life. It would be unusual to have a working fireplace in a bedroom nowadays as people typically want their bedrooms to be cooler than their reception rooms, but there is no reason why you can’t have it working in all rooms if you want to.
Can you put coal in a fireplace?
Many fireplaces are small for burning coal and you cannot fit logs on. Furthermore a combination of logs and coal can make the flue very sticky and dirty and cause chimney fires. So if only coal has been burnt in the fireplace previously and you intend to use logs, speak to an expert before you start using it in order to avoid a chimney fire.
Do you need an air vent in a fireplace?
If an open fire is to be used in the fireplace rather than a wood burning stove, air vents are required in the room and very specific dimensions of the hearth and sub hearth are required so that the fire draws and works properly and your room is not immediately filled with smoke.
Can you reinstate a fireplace?
If you are going to reinstate the fireplace, check with your local authority whether you are in a smoke free zone. If you are, you will only be allowed to use smokeless fuels on a list as specified by the UK government. Before re-using a fireplace and chimney that have been out of use for a long period of time it is essential the chimney is swept and tested and a certificate issued. If the chimney passes the test then you are permitted to use it but all works done to it to make any alterations are notifiable to local authorities under Building Regulations.
What is a Victorian cast iron fireplace?
You’ve searched high and low for the perfect victorian cast iron fireplace —, we have versions that date back to the 19th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. A victorian cast iron fireplace is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Victorian, Neoclassical and Baroque styles are sought with frequency . A well-made victorian cast iron fireplace has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Carron, F. G. Janusch and Thomas Elsley are consistently popular.
What is a swan nest?
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What is a rare cast iron fire basket?
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What is a period crown cast iron insert?
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What is a cast iron fireplace insert?
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What is the finial on a Victorian arched fireplace grate?
Antique cast iron Victorian arched fireplace grate. The far right finial on the curved bars has a deliberate hole to the top to allow the use of a cast iron trivet (not supplied)…
What era is the fireplace screen?
We are featuring a fabulous cast iron fireplace screen from the Victorian era. The piece is a darl brass tone in color and has an intricate slit design throughout with scrolled lines…
Can I install a woodburner in a Victorian fireplace?
Yes, but you may have to make a few modifications to the cast iron surround in order to squeexe a woodburner in. There’s only a selection of woodburners which can be used due to sweeping requirements and size. See type of woodburner for a Victorian fireplace below.
How much air gap does a woodburner need?
Most woodburners require an air gap around the woodburner of at least 50mm. So using a rear adaptor brings the stove forwards into the room and provides the air circulation reuqired and additional heat into the room.
What is the size of a Charnwood C4?
The Charnwood C4 is a similar looking woodburner to the Ecosy Purefire, but is slightly wider at 416mm x 560mm and the stove retails around twice as much as the Purefire Curve.
Why do we fill the base of a chimney with rockwool?
We generally fill around the base of the chimney with Rockwool in order to stove any soot etc from failing down the chimney
What is the phone number for Somerset?
If you live in the Somerset area, please call for a FREE no-obligation survey and quote on 07715 104420.
Can you use a T pipe on a Victorian fireplace?
HETAS regulations now state unrestricted sweeping access is a requirement when installing woodburners. Therefore, using a T-Piece vitreous pipe is generally not an option when installing a stove in a Victorian fireplace, due to the 90 degree bend which is difficult for chimney sweeps to get their brushes around.
Does the Ecosy Ottawa need modification?
The Ecosy Ottawa required no modification as the recess was just large enough to avoid trimming the decorative iron elements.