We’re thinking of bringing our Fireplace back into occasional use, has anyone got any advice, or experience of this?


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Hi, I don’t have any direct experience of this but the chimneys of BISF houses were designed for a coal stove that heated an early version of a central heating system, so there’s no reason it can’t be used. The main problem will probably be that most BISF houses will have had a gas back boiler and fire combination at some point which would be installed with a flexible flue liner inside the original chimney flue. If this liner is still there it will need to be taken out I think before you can have an open fire. You’ll probably need to get up on the roof to remove the liner’s cowl then pull the liner out and then replace it with a larger “Chinaman’s hat” type cowl on the chimney.


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