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ecomumof4



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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 1:35 pm    Post subject: should we get a log burner.?  Reply with quote

We've recently moved to a house that has an open fire 😀  the problem is its quite shallow, and I wonder if we could get more value for our money if we got a multi fuel burner.
Our landlord is fairly OK with improvements as long as its safe.,  but obviously to save money it would have to be diy

We came across a lovely little burner in b&q the other day and it seemed quite simple to install.

For us it would have to he on the hearth with the flue coming out the back and up the chimney

I'm just wondering about all of the safety aspects,  I keep reading about lining chimneys ect and the cost keeps mounting.
Unthinking though, that as we have a fire that we use already, if the chimney needed lining, we'd know by now?

Has anyone else here installed their own burner?
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have two log burners, we couldn't do without them. very efficient and absolutely safe. No chance of sparks causing damage.
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British Red



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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New installations need to be done by a HETAS installer or signed off by Building Control.

Lining  a chimney, installing blanking plates, pouring vermiculite etc. are all perfectly doable for a competent DIYer.

We heat with woodburners and solid fuel range and they are vastly m9re efficient than open fires


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An open fireplace is the most inefficient form of heating. The chimney draw sucks heat out of the room.
My son did a self install of a B/Q multifuel burner
in his home by
1 first cleaning the chimney,
2 checking with a single burning newspaper sheet that there was a good draw in the chimney
3 then simply placing the burner in situ ,putting the pipe up through a  chimney throat plate he had made to ensure that the chimney only sucked air from via the burner. He sealed the throat plate with some asbestos rope and fire cement.
It has worked for the last 7 years.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

British Red wrote:
New installations need to be done by a HETAS installer or signed off by Building Control.

Lining  a chimney, installing blanking plates, pouring vermiculite etc. are all perfectly doable for a competent DIYer.

We heat with woodburners and solid fuel range and they are vastly m9re efficient than open fires


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Nice set up!!
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British Red



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, it keeps us warm and cooks our meals   . Off out with the chainsaw, friend and tractor and trailer shortly to score some free fodder for it


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