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    • GloriousEuropa
    • By GloriousEuropa 11th Aug 19, 6:54 PM
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    Old fireplace/chimney are a mess! Help!
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    • 11th Aug 19, 6:54 PM
    Old fireplace/chimney are a mess! Help! 11th Aug 19 at 6:54 PM
    It used to have an old back boiler that the plumber took out when fitting entirely new plumbing and heating.

    I was dusting it out last night and noticed inside is an absolute mess. I expected neat brickwork but itís a mess of infill and loose stones and bricks.

    It also alarmingly goes below the floor level.

    We want to restore it and put in a log burner eventually. How do I tackle this?

    Many thanks

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    • FreeBear
    • By FreeBear 15th Aug 19, 12:01 AM
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    Anyway, FreeBear, sorry if I'm being an idiot and misunderstanding your idea, but do you essentially mean have a new lintel like this?

    And sorry to ask too many questions, but is that perfectly square hole in the left fireplace left by the old back boiler pipework and infill being removed, perfectly fine to fill back in with some decent bricks? Do I need a special heat proof mortar?
    Originally posted by GloriousEuropa

    A 65mm x 100mm x <how ever wide the chimney breast is> would be just one brick high. But yes, most of what you have outlined in red would be replaced by a new concrete beam. In the process, you'll gain another 75mm or so in height on the opening.

    Ordinary cement mortar will be fine for any brickwork you need to do. It won't be subject to extreme heat, nor do you need (or want) a fine finish. That said, if it is an old property, a lime mortar would be more in keeping.
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    • GloriousEuropa
    • By GloriousEuropa 16th Aug 19, 12:34 PM
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    Thanks again Freebear. I'll definitely consider it. Though something I didn't spot before is that the lintel isn't straight at the back. It's tapered, and slants upwards to the width of the bricks. I'll try and get a pic later!

    I should have said before but the property was built in the 60's!

    I'm going to attempt to fill the hole in the brickwork today. Never done it before! Wish me luck! haha
    Last edited by GloriousEuropa; 16-08-2019 at 3:07 PM.
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