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I AM HAVING A COMBI BOILER PUT IN AND HAVING THE BACK BOILER AND GAS FIRE REMOVED. I WANT TO HAVE THE CHIMNEY BREAST TAKEN AWAY TO MAKE THE LIVING ROOM BIGGER. I HAVE BEEN TOLD THIS IS A BIG JOB DUE TO THE STEEL TUBE RUNNING UP TO THE ROOF FROM THE BOILER. ANY ADVICE ON DOING THIS WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANK YOU. TIM

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Hi Tim,

It is a bit of a mission but nothing that cannot be achieved, I have done exactly the same in my property, it certainly frees up a lot of room in the front room, alas not so much in the bedroom. if you take all the chimney breast/ surround down you will end up with a square frame up to bedroom ceiling height, the frame as collars attached which in turn hold on to the ships funnel/ flue/ chimney.

You can hire/ purchase a cast pipe cracking tool that you can use to break the flue up into manageable bits.

I took mine down in the sections it was installed in, however in heinsite I would use the tool as even small sections are very heavy it was about 10mm thick and two grown men struggled to lift each section. Also a warning that if the top of the flue going from bedroom ceiling to roof as a chicken mesh surrounded lagging on it then this could well contain asbestos and all relevant safety precautions or advice/ sampling should be carried out first. Also I would suggest avoid using any grinders power cutters, due to the risk of stray sparks.

Hope this helps a little

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