We have been modifying and creating fireplaces right from the birth of Blazing Burners over 6 years ago. Our ability to supply a one-stop shop – stove, fireplace, installation – sets us apart from other smaller companies, and means you don’t have to rely on larger installation companies to do this type of work.
We know what it takes to make a fireplace look good. We’ve transformed countless fireplaces over the years.
From the outset, we’ll make sure your property is cared for and respected by taking time out to prepare your room correctly.
We’ve taken out open fires, gas fires, gas liners, back boilers, removed old dated stone fireplaces, knocked out fireplaces, inserted lintels, granite lintels, boarded out fireplaces, tiled fireplaces, rendered fireplaces, made custom log stores, laid countless hearths and made a lot of people of happy!
Nowadays we get very busy and we struggle to find the time to do the larger scale fireplace renovations. Instead, we mostly take on small projects that we can complete in a day such as the one described below this.
So we’ve hand-picked some reliable and fantastic builders that can perform the work. We still organise the work but we don’t take any money for it. We’ll get all the materials in and our builders will do the work. You’ll pay them for the labour directly.
We will be able to organise the whole project to occur in one flawless sitting.
Once the work is agreed following on from the survey, one of our independent builders will come in to perform the remedial aspect of the work. The day after he is complete, our plaster/renderer will go in to make it all look great. If a hearth requires fitting this will either be done by the builder or by us on the day of the installation.
Either way, the whole process of the fireplace renovation will occur seamlessly. Builder – Plasterer – Installation.
The duration will vary according to the work that is required.
A job in a day
The work above was complete in a day. It was an open fire that we converted to a multi-fuel stove installation. We had to remove the open fire and open up the fireplace. The internal aspect of the fireplace was rendered, a hearth was laid and a stove fitted with a flexible flue liner.
The total cost was £1800.00 for everything (fireplace modification, hearth, stove and full installation) and we had to travel to Polperro and back! The stove was a Salamander Hobbit SE stove.
Larger fireplace modifications
More often than not, the work cannot be complete in a day. For example, when we have to enlarge fireplaces, we need to insert lintels to ensure the structural integrity is not compromised. This will then need making good.
You should expect a full fireplace renovation complete with stove installation within a working week. The work below was complete in 4 days. We removed an open fire, opened up the fireplace, installed a silver granite lintel, rendered the internal fireplace, skimmed the external fireplace, cut and laid a one-piece riven 40mm hearth, then installed the wood burner (ACR Earlswood) using a flexible flue liner system. I’m sure you agree that it is an amazing transformation!
We love how a granite lintel looks. We think they compliment certain stoves as nothing else can. The typical choices you have will either be a silver or a brown granite.
You can then choose to have the lintel sat flush into the wall or sat out about 100mm so that it can be used a mantel/shelf.
Edges of the granite can be left undulated or they can be sawn cut.
The pictures below demonstrate some of the granite lintels we’ve installed and they will hopefully give you a better idea.
Complete fireplace surrounds can be fitted around your stove. They are typically made from Limestone, formed by several pieces that slot together and are fixed to the wall surrounding your actual fireplace. Prices vary considerably depending on the pattern you choose. Prices can start as low as £450.00 and are often around £1000.00+
The internal aspects of the fireplaces can be finished in a variety of options. For example, it can be rendered whereby it will need painting with emulsion to complete it. Other options are tiling the fireplace and fitting various stove chambers which are pre-made slips, usually in the form of tiles.
The Woodford Collection offers you a choice of stove, limestone fireplace surround, stove chamber and hearth as a complete package. All your available options are listed in one place, which makes it easy to choose. Just ask us for more details if you are interested by clicking here.
You may prefer to have non-combustible “wood” beams surrounding the fireplace such as these from “Oak Stove Beams“. Choosing a wood surround is not normally an option as the stove must be located a certain distance away from any combustible material – as specified by the manufacturer or by building regulations.
Backdrops & Heat Shields
If the stove is located close to a combustible wall, a heat shield will be required. There are many solutions available but here are a few from our installations using combinations of metal, brick, slate and tiles.
We will be able to price up the planned works so that you will know what it will cost – labour and materials. Our builders are excellent at what they do and you can expect them to be just as hardworking, passionate and precise in their work as we are at ours. Since they have been working with us regularly, they understand what is expected from us. They will use the correct materials and techniques to ensure building regulations are followed specific to the installation of a solid fuel appliance (ADJ 2010). Furthermore we have taught and advised them on what is involved in an installation. Consequently, the way in which the fireplace is built is beneficial to our installation and allows the process to flow smoothly.
Through our experience of performing countless fireplace renovations, we can advise you on your various options available. We also know how long it will take, what complications should be avoided, and what materials will be required. Therefore our estimates are not only detailed and accurate but very competitive.
We will provide the materials but we expect you to pay the builders labour directly. We don’t take a cut. We’re happy to perform the installation. This way you get a fair deal – a great service at a reasonable price.
Your property will be respected. We supply clean dust sheets and all rubble and rubbish will be removed from site. Any areas worked in will be cleaned. We believe this is an important part of who we are and what you should expect from a Blazing Burners installation. Our previous customers are testament to this. Please click here for a selection of reviews and testimonials.
A 2-Day Job
As the open fire had already been removed, we had to render the fireplace, bead & skim the chimney breast, lay a 2-piece riven slate hearth and install an Ecosy Hampton Eco Design Ready wood burning stove with a flexible flue liner system. We had the work completed in two days.
A few more examples
If you want a fireplace designed and created, please get in contact by clicking here and we’ll be happy to go over the many options available to you.