Here's how I had to lay bricks to cover up the old fireplace hole after knocking out the chimney and chimney breast. My personal opinion would be to check the chimney and make sure it as been cleaned by a chimney sweep as soot is a great collector of Moisture this is where people have damp coming through the chimney Brest yes air circulation is the main thing in keeping the chimney as the gentleman informed you air vents into chimney breasts and cowlings do there job, Kings Lynn • Member since 29 Jun 2008 • One of these project videos covered how I got on the roof to help remove the chimney. We just had an old ground floor back boiler taken out and the fireplace bricked up. It is how a Victorian fireplace should be and will allow you to enjoy the use of open fires & wood burning stoves on those cold winter nights. So I'm adding plenty of mortar (gobbo) in the notch to lay bricks during my next course. Terms and conditions Now in the back bedroom there is a vent on the bricked up old fire on the skirting board: Upon removing this is appears they have just cut the skirting away and knocked a brick out: I presume this will be good enough? Newly purchased 100 year old house with two bricked up fireplaces. It’s a good question and some people would say they’re not. Before starting to brick up the fireplace or fitting the ventilation cowl, have the chimney swept one last time to remove as much soot as possible and dislodge any bird nests or other debris. I'm bricking up an unused fireplace in a house about 30 years old. Then squeezed in narrow bits of bricks. Once fireplaces were no longer necessary to heat houses after steam, gas, and electric heating came into play, they became another place where heat could escape. Sign up to my FREE mailing list to know when my next post is LIVE! What I've found since shring my projects is that things like mortar mix ratios are debetable. Then tap from behind to ensure the new bricks were inline. See if you can remove it and look inside with a torch to get an idea of how deep it is. However, if you still have a chimney breast and chimney, it's advised to leave a vent. I'd then hold the brick on the floor and hammer the ends off with a hammer. This is for the chimney to breath and prevent damp. (If you can feel a breeze through the vent, the chimney should be in a functional condition) Chimneys on the roof; Fireplaces in similar neighbouring properties; The fireplace itself And add some more gobbo. But we all know how valuable extra storage is. That, and the cast iron monstrosity that plugged up the fireplace was pretty ugly! The vent at the bottom allows a trickle of air up the chimney and out through the cowl. Do we need to... Roofer has removed chimney pots and said no ventilation is required if fireplace is bricked up? The damp patches are appearing on the 3rd floor which is why I want to vent it. We've got a Victorian chimney breast, which has no fireplace in it and has been bricked up. Now the question I had is in the front bedroom there is no vent. I don't the chimneys are capped at the top. 28 October 2008 at 12:29PM edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in In my home (includes DIY) MoneySaving 3 replies 2K views I think it's likely to be brick - difficult to block up the hole in the first place with cement, surely - it would have slid out of the fireplace? However, I'm also informed some lay the bricks with the frog facing upwards. Keep repeating until you get to your top layer. I believe there needs to be a vent in the chimney, which there isn't. 105 Reinstating A Fireplace – Roundup. Mortar and cement burns, so if you get it on your skin or eyes, wash it off immediately. Sweep the area you want to brick lay and ensure there's no loose bricks. So I'm using the side of a club hammer to ensure I can straighten the tops. Sitemap A ventless gas fireplace is one without a chimney or vent—and it's an increasingly popular option for cash-strapped homeowners, since installing a fireplace vent can cost up to $3,000. feedback. Make sure you add mortar to each side of your brick as you go and with plenty along the sides of the hole. Pots been removed and... Hi there, Too short, then we can't hold it against the existing bricks. Use the batten to straighten the bricks from the side and front. Then went over the entire bricks and filled any gaps with more mortar where needed. Then leave overnight to set. The new heating system, powered by coal and later oil, needed a flue to vent the byproducts of combustion. bricked up doorway in dark stairwell in building from the 1800s; Bricked up window; cracked brick wall and bricked up door; Bricked up doorway of … As you go, or towards the end, you'll need to remove the excess mortar. Because there is no airflow to the outdoors, they do not create the negative pressure problems that can occur … Leave to dry overnight then plaster over the bare bricks, or hire a plasterer. Also, the chimney took up room in the kitchen, making it considerably smaller. Would like to open these up again and not sure how to go about... We'd like to open up a bricked-up fireplace in a bedroom for decorative purposes, it's currently a bit unsightly. It's always hard to add towards the end for a lump free consistency. Richard Voaden Carpenter, Builder & Chimney Sweep, Lifton • Member since 12 Jan 2014 • I live in an 1901 terrace so the chimney breast continues up through the top bedroom on the 3rd floor. They didn't need to be accurate down the the mm, but close enough that nothing would protrude when plastered. 92% positive Technically no, you don't need a cement mixer. jobs, Then continue to lay bricks as usual. We're going upwards here. jobs, But I can't stress enough that you should have a cap or net covering the top of the chimney. Update: There's no hatch in the room below or the basement. If it has been bricked up completely, you won’t have this clue. Old fireplace bricked up ready for plastering. Bricked up window and weathered wall of an abandoned building. This is because when it sets, you won't want any protrusions for when it gets plastered. BUT there are some things you’ll need to keep in mind. We have a 1890's house and the fireplaces really make it. Clues are: An obvious chimneybreast (a protrusion in the centre area of a wall) Air bricks/ ventilation covers. I probably added about 500ml. Use the batten again to hammer down the bricks and ensure they're all inline with the existing courses. I am no expert, but: Reinstating an open fire will absolutely require that being bricked up, along with replacement of the flue lining using either traditional methods or a steel flue liner. If you do this too, you'll need to make sure old mortar is removed. Here are 16 stylish ways to decorate a non-functioning fireplace. Sometimes the brick would completely break, but it's not like our brick supply was low. Registered in England No. jobs, Can anyone advise? The products of combustion include water vapor and carbon monoxide. Privacy notice var elem = document.createElement('script'); 05272398. As you get to the top, it will get tighter. I do have an photo of the bricked up chimney, Shrewsbury • Member since 7 Feb 2017 • })();Then the chimney breast itself. UK VAT Registered: 850 4121 63, Fireplace bricked up and chimney pots removed and sealed - 1930s house, Reopening a bricked up fireplace - installing electric stove. It will also set overnight, depending on the temperature, so you don't need to work super quick. It looked a tedious task, then once the bird was freed, he flew in to my bedroom and pooed on the nets frightened. My question is can I remove it , and block it up ?. 100% positive Restoring bricked up fireplace setups to their former glory without doubt puts charm & character back into the room. var scpt = document.getElementsByTagName('script'); However, if you still have a chimney breast and chimney, it's advised to leave a vent. West Midlands • Member since 25 Feb 2014 • feedback. The room directly below (kitchen) has a chimney breast with a shelving/drawer unit built into it so I can't really see what they did to seal it, and the basement has an open fireplace. They were awful 1960's and 1980's ones when we first arrived. It helps to stop damp and prevent the air in there becoming stale. So, I'm going to share my Dad's method today. This is too cute! If your chimney also has an arch, add plenty of mortar and smaller bricks to fill the gap. You might be thinking if all these dangerous gases are being pushed into my home, how is it that vent-free fireplaces are safe at all for residential use?