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Electric fireplace suite and ventilation

Hi ive bought a 1930's ex council house which has had the old gas fire removed and there is just a big hole.

Ive decided to fit an electric fire suite in its place so it will cover up the hole and create a surround as well, and from reading up i know there needs to be a vent by the chimney breast but im abit unsure where to put one, as once the electric fire is in place there is no hole, and i assume people dont mean to block up the chimney breast behind the fire and then use an air brick in that stack, as there need to be a recess for the fire?

Looking at the chimney breast it may be possible to vent into the floor as i know the room is suspended, or maybe i could add an air brick above the fire with a grill but i think that would look stupid and really it needs to be lower down.

Any help is appreciated thanks!

1 Answer from a MyBuilder Chimney & Fireplace Specialist

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If planing not to use the flue any more then bricking up the fireplace would be good and if you can do it successfully venting the flue through to the ventilated space below the timber floor would be good as there would be no vent in the room to create draughts. A fireplace could then be fitted over the bricked up opening and electric fire installed. Also fit a ventilated pot cover on the top to prevent ingress from rain.


Answered 2nd Jan 2013

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