Fitting a fireplace - carbon monoxide?

Postby conks » Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:15 pm


I have an open fire in the lounge and I am wanting to rip out the brick surround and fit a cast iron insert and timber surround/mantel.

As I've never done this before it's a little daunting and I had though that I read somewhere that you have to make sure that both the insert and surround are sealed accordingly using fire cement (? - where can you buy this from?) or fibreglass rope (again - where is this obtained?).

THe reason for this I believe was to supress the potential escape of carbon monoxide although, as it's a real open fire burning coal and wood (and not gas) is this relevant?

What else do I need to fit the fireplace?

Many thanks.
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Postby stoneyboy » Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:10 pm

Fire cement should be available at your local builders merchant.
If you are fitting an open fire you must fit a CO detector.
You will probably need a hole through the lounge wall to the outside air.
Iwould suggest you get some professional advice.
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