Wood burner- cracked chimney breast

edited 23 February 2014 at 8:48AM in LPG, Heating Oil, Solid & Other Fuels
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I have an inset stove, with 6 inch granite slips around it installed in the autumn 2013. It's a modern house built in 1986 with a chimney. No liner as the flue is concrete, I have a certificate etc from the hetas approved fitter.

A fine horizontal crack appeared along the line where the old fire surround had been (removed and skimmed by the previous owner) which I filled several times with heat resistant filler but it came back each time. The chimney breast gets very hot directly above the fire and gradually cooler further up the wall.

In the last couple of weeks 2 very fine vertical cracks have appeared starting from the slips. The fitter is coming to see it this week and as I'm a female alone I want to be armed with as much advice as possible please

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