Customers from Exeter wanted to change their traditional fireplace surround and open fireplace with something contemporary. After a visit to our showroom to browse our displays and discuss what may be suitable, an engineer made a home visit to check the chosen fire would be suitable for their existing fireplace and chimney.
Removing a fire surround is usually a messy operation, so our engineers always attach dustsheets to the customer’s floor coverings to protect them. This job involved removing a considerable amount of rubble because the fireplace had been bricked up. The chimney would now be smoke tested to confirm its suitability to accept a gas fire. This is done by lighting a smoke bomb in the fireplace opening and checking the rooms and roof space above to check that no smoke is escaping into them.
The customers had selected an inset gas fire, so it was necessary to brick up the bottom part of the cavity to accommodate the fitting of this type of fire. Gas piping was also installed at this stage. Next the hole was filled in with fireboard and then the whole fire breast was plastered. Once the plaster was dry enough a hole was cut into the wall to accommodate the new fire and new skirting board was fitted.
The completed newly installed gas fire
Once the plaster is completely dry the customers will be able to paint the wall and skirting board to complete the job. The gas fire is by Infinity and the model is 600CF and was supplied by Charlton and Jenrick and there is a choice of colours/finishes for the frame.
Charlton and Jenrick say that this is ‘A compact “hole in the wall” gas fire that will fit the majority of chimney breasts. The 600CF is the smallest in the range of “trimmed” fires… to fit into smaller chimney breasts and rooms.’