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We offer a full and comprehensive chimney and flue service. from sweeping, surveying, install new fire/ stove, relining, flue systems, repairs, chimney pots and cowls fitted, pre cast flue work, in fact any flue or chimney problem. HETAS & GAS SAFE reg.

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Reviewed by Adrian on 14/6/2019

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Richard Doonan & Kevin Brooks Richard - Plumbing & Heating Engineer with 12 years experience in the trade Kevin - Gas, Heating & Electrical Engineer gas safe registered with 12 years experience

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Reviewed by Nicole on 24/6/2019

Professional, tidy, very reasonably priced and reliable tradesmen - fireplace, gas hob and radiator installation. Kevin even squeezed in replacing a faulty part on my boiler and only charged for the part. Very satisfied customer.

Gas Management Services specialize in the installation of Fireplaces for gas & solid fuel. We also install gas fires including flueless and sweep chimneys. We can carry out all building alterations required and offer a free 24 month warranty on all work.

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Reviewed by Tracey on 15/4/2019

Very professional friendly guy, did an excellent job.

We provide the best kitchen & bathrooms service in London . Garage conversion / loft/ office conversion . Free designs advices on any projects www.cezaryrennovare.co.uk Specialist Marbles; Carrara ,giallio siena,onyx, Travertine, limestone Slate ,bathstone & granit restoration end instalation .Fully insured Friendly & helpfully service

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Reviewed by Honey on 19/6/2019

Cezary called/texted on 11/06 and came to assess the job very promptly on the same day. He quoted reasonably for it and confirmed that he could sort it out next day. The job was carried out to a high standard, and I will definitely recommend and use the services of Cezary again.

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Reviewed by Paul on 18/1/2019

Robert was very professional, did everything that was asked and found innovative solutions to some tricky problems. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed by Matthew on 7/6/2019

Couldn't be happier with the job. The finish is perfect. The room has been transformed.

I am a HETAS engineer. I install wood burning stoves, chimney liners, pots, cowls, hearths and repair chimneys. As this work can be seasonal I also do general building work from loft conversions to painting & decorating. I also do landscaping, gardening. I have worked in construction for almost 20 years and have been working in the chimney & stove industry for around 4 years. I take pride in my work and will always try to accommodate customers wishes where possible. No job is too big or too small.

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Reviewed by Kevin on 23/6/2019

Steve sealed off my chimney to stop debris falling. Excellent job! Took lots of care and work was of a very high standard. Would definitely recommend!

All aspects of building work covered.

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Reviewed by Andrew on 29/1/2019

Highly recommended. Fitted the job in quickly, turned up on time, talked me through the work they did and left the house clean and tidy. Would happily use Joe again.

At Firefly we pride ourselves in being an all inclusive company, we can handle everything from quote to completion leaving you task free and and toasty warm. our expertise include:- log-burners and fireplaces, chimney stacks, scaffolding and renovations

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Reviewed by Lisa on 1/2/2019

Really excellent work, Very happy with the job (wood burner installation). Work completed in one day and that included rendering some of the exposed brickwork. Price agreed ahead of time and payment after the job was complete. Would highly recommend. David is knowledgeable, friendly and polite and a pleasure to work with.

Hi we are Onyx Stone Surfaces a company with 40 years experience in the stone worktop industry. We are based in Essex and deal with all manners of stone from nature stone Granite/Marble/Onyx to man-made stone like quartz. We deal with all aspects of stone from templating and sourcing stone to cutting polishing and fitting all over the uk as well as abroad.

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Reviewed by Jan on 17/2/2019

We are thrilled with the job these two skilled stone masons have undertaken for us. They've taken an old and dirty marble fire surround, cut it to size, cleaned it and installed it to look like new. They pride themselves on their workmanship with great attention to detail. In addition they left the room spotlessly clean as promised. They worked solidly throughout the day, quietly without a radio blaring, a first for professionals at our home. I'd have no hesitation in recommending them.

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Fireplace specialists - what you need to know

The range of fireplaces available today is extremely diverse – from those traditional, grand hearths and surrounds to modern, elegant and minimal units. Whatever the style or size you need, there’s almost certainly an option to suit what you’re looking for.

The cost and complexity of installing your fireplace will depend on the fuel source (in other words the type of fireplace) you choose. The majority of fireplaces will be an open stove, a wood burner, a gas fire or an electric model.

Each type has its own strengths. If your home already has a chimney, replacing all (or part) of an open fireplace can be relatively cost-effective and straightforward. Wood burners are often retro-fitted into homes without a chimney, as their flues can be run up an external wall. Gas and electric models are convenient options when space is at a premium, as well as providing the convenience of instant heat.

It’s worth remembering the primary function of the fireplace though – to heat your home. Unleashing the intense heat of an open fireplace in a small room might not be advisable. Similarly, a small electric or gas unit may not kick out enough warmth for a large room or open-plan area. Your tradesperson should be able to advise you here.

Cost of fireplace installation

The cost of installing a fireplace can vary significantly, depending on the type you opt for and the preparatory work required.

Fireplace cost

    • Budget: £500
    • Medium: £1,000
    • Expensive: £2,000+

Labour

  • Budget: £750
  • Medium: £1,500
  • Expensive: £3,000+

What types of fireplace are there?

The open fireplace

This is the most traditional. Quite simply, unless your house already has a chimney breast, it’s unlikely that installing an open fireplace will be a cost-effective option. If you do have a chimney, replacing an existing open fireplace is relatively simple – either the entire stove can be replaced, or selected elements (like the grate, hearth or surround). As well as sweeping your chimney prior to installing a new fireplace, you may need your flue relined to prevent carbon dioxide from leaking into your home, so beware of that potential added bill.

Wood-burning stoves

Next up, and the vogue fireplace choice for the last decade - the wood-burning stove. Wood burners have a few advantages compared with open stoves. They’re particularly efficient when it comes to heating your home, they’re not as messy as an open fireplace, and they can also be installed without the need for a traditional chimney breast.

Gas fireplaces

These were once drab, dated and dull. That’s no longer the case, with today’s models not only looking the part, but offering convenience and efficiency too. They can even be wall-mounted if you don’t want to sacrifice space for a fireplace hearth and surround, and some have handy features like remote control operation. Ventilation is something you’ll need to consider with a gas fireplace, however.

Electric fireplaces

Perhaps the ultimate in convenience, even if they’re not the most authentic. Modern units can be incredibly efficient and cheap to run. And, while you won’t benefit from a real flame, even the slenderest wall-mounted models can pump out an impressive amount of heat.

Fireplace accessories

The accessories you need will depend on the type of fireplace you install. Both open stoves and wood burners will require more accessories, allowing you to safely load logs or coal. A suitable pair of fireplace tongs and a dedicated shovel are must-haves. Ideally, you’ll also have a stove brush, a log basket and potentially a coal bucket too.

From a safety perspective, and particularly important for families with young children, it’s advisable to have a fire guard – especially for open stoves and wood burners. Guards for gas fires may also be a wise choice – while there’s nothing to spit or jump out from the fire, it’ll help keep little hands away from hot elements.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

There are a number of important qualifications when it comes to fireplace installation, and the one your tradesperson requires will depend on what they’re installing (or modifying).

Both open stoves and wood burners require a HETAS-registered professional. HETAS is the organisation that makes sure appliances and installers of wood and solid mineral fuel fireplaces adhere to the required safety criteria.

For gas appliances, your tradesperson must hold Gas Safe registration. This applies no matter whether you’re replacing one gas fire with another, simply removing and decommissioning an old gas fire, or installing a gas fireplace from scratch. Your Gas Safe-registered professional will also be able to advise you on a maintenance schedule, which is an important consideration.

Finally, for electric fireplaces your tradesperson will need NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) accreditation. This will make sure they can install and officially sign off the work – this record will be required should you sell your home.

Planning permission for fireplace installation

The only planning considerations when it comes to fireplace installation are chimneys and external flues. Ordinarily, planning permission is not required if your chimney or flue doesn’t extend 1 metre above the highest part of the roof.

To read the list of fireplace-specific planning considerations, visit the planning portal website.

Insurance for fireplace installation

If you’re having a new fireplace installed, be sure to ask whether the supplier has a warranty. Most will include warranties extending anywhere from 1-5 years, giving you peace of mind.

You’ll also need to ask about public liability insurance. It’s easy to overlook this or assume that your tradesperson has it covered, but public liability insurance is important to protect you and your property against any (albeit unlikely) damage.

Questions you should ask your fireplace installation specialist

  • Which type of fireplace would they recommend (and why)?
  • If they supply the fireplace, does it come with a warranty?
  • Can they show you their public liability insurance?
  • Do they hold the required HETAS, Gas Safe or NICEIC accreditation?

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