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Putting a range cooker into a fireplace
We have recently moved into a victorian terrace and there is a huge fireplace in the kitchen but no usable worktop space. I really want to put the cooker ito the fireplace to free up the space.
What would be the process for doing this?
I have never done anything like this before so don;t have the first idea of where to start.
First job would be remove the fireplace and hearth. Behind this you will find a lot of brickwork which will need to be broken up and excavated. When you look at the front of the chimney breast you should be able to see a clear outline of the builders opening, and possibly a lintel or archway. In most cases, everthing inside the builders opening and under the arch can be removed. If you do not feel confident enough with this then get a builder or someone resonably handy to do it for you.
If the arch is in a poor condition you may want to consider removing it and fitting a concrete lintel to give good structural support and square off the top of the opening.
Chimney Care & Repair
Answered 26th Apr 2012