Wood Stove Installation

image 1 We were replacing a 1950's gothic arched tiled fireplace. Although, rather fond of this fireplace its proportions were too small for the 1920's room. We decided to replace it with a multi fuel stove that would increase the heat output and reduce fuel costs. A stove can produce eight times more heat than an open fire.


image 1The tiled surround and hearth was taken away and the chimney thoroughly swept.




image 1The 27ft flexible stainless steel liner was positioned down the chimney.




image 1The original chimney pot broke when it was removed. It was replaced with a raincap.






image 1 The 6" liner should have been fine for the 10" x 10" Chimney but because of the untidy mortar within the chimney the liner became stuck. This happened within the chimney breast in the room above. Two holes were taken out of the internal wall to open up the cavity. The blockage was cleared and the wholes refilled and plastered.


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image 1 The chimney liner is successfully down and the end can be seen in the open fireplace.







image 1A Cotswold Sandstone base is laid onto a cement base.







image 1The connecting flue pipe is joined to the end of the liner.










image 1An original 1920's oak surround was attached to the wall using secret brackets.







image 1 Skamolex, a fire retardant fibre board was used to line the exposed brickwork. A galvanized steel register plate sealed off the bottom of the chimney opening.





image 1Close up of oak surround with Cotswold Stone slip and scammel .







image 1Deciding on the right hearth and slips proved to be difficult. I needed a material that would blend between the oak surround and the enamelled stove. I felt slate and granite would be too dark and marble too glossy for the oak. Stone seemed to be the right choice. Limestone was the cheaper and quicker option but I felt it looked too cold and grey. The final choice came down to Cotswold Stone. This proved to be the most expensive option and the longest waiting times for delivery - around 6 weeks.




image 1 There is a large array of stoves on the market today. I did not want a olde-worlde stove as it was not in keeping with the period of the house. However, i did not want a contemporary style as that would not sit well with the 1920's oak surround. Recomendation is the best option and i had been advised to look at the cast iron stoves as they retained their heat for longer. The Huntington 30 caught our eye for style and we felt the enamelled finsh gave it its edge. We have been recommended the Clearview stoves range and this would of been our second choice. They come with a great range of colour finishes, look attractive and give out a good heat output.

We are happy with the emmanel finish but have noticed it does chip easily. The supplied touch up paint pot does work very well.


Stove fitted by South Coast Fireplaces

A Practical Design Guide to Fireplaces and Stoves

The Art Deco House

Fireplaces Styles: Form, Function, and Design

Fireplace Products


Clearview Stoves


Reproduction Tiled Fireplaces

Victorian Fireplaces

Fireplace Tiles: Edinburgh Ceramics

Plain Glazed Tiles

Fireplace Hearths

1930s and Art Deco Fireplaces

Art Deco Fire Basket

Tree House Interiors


Links to Fireplace Articles

The Lost Art of Stoves - Blog

Wood Burning Stoves, Buyer's Guide: Channel 4

Woodburning Fire Project: DIY Doctor

Stove help & advice: Stoves Online

Wood-burning stoves, fire up home heating : Telegraph

Installing a Woodstove: Hearth.com

Copies of original tile catalogues/pattern books

History of the Antique Fireplace: Renaissance Antique Fireplaces

Edwardian Fireplaces: Bricks & Brass

1930's art deco lounge diner: BBC Homes

Homeowners Advice for Fireplaces: The Victorian Society


Useful Research Websites

BBC Homes 1920's:

BBC Homes 1930's

Hidden House History

Francis Frith Photo Archive

The Geffrye Museum

English Architecture: Britain Express

Looking at Buildings: Pevsner Architectural Guides


Useful Links to Articles

Design Styles- Architecture, interiors and furnishings: Dezignare

1930s and Art Deco Fireplaces

Forum Debates

Channel 4 Homes Forum

How To Repair Brickwork- Youtube

Art Deco House Style

Understanding the Edwardian and Inter-War Houses

Thirtiestyle: Home Decoration


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