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?
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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