Sorry if this is in the wrong section of the forum, wasn't sure where to post about fireplaces?
We've just moved into a new house and had the old gas fire removed by the local gas company. They capped off all the gas and left us with the old solid fuel back boiler, behind a brickwork facade. I spent the day yesterday opening out the brickwork to get to the back boiler, and then removing the back boiler itself (a lot of cuts and bruises to show for it).
I've attached a before and after photo.
We'd like to install an open fire but I don't have a clue where to go from here. I'll almost certainly need to open up the brickwork more but do we need to render everything behind the brick? How far back should we set the grate? Anyone got any ideas how much it would cost to get someone in to finish it off from here? All help much appreciated :)