No fireplace in lounge

(37 Posts)
doglover Tue 07-May-13 19:43:27

Our (hopefully!) new lounge (20' by 20') has no fireplace but I feel it'll need a focal point. There are a couple of options:

a. On an outsjde wall, put in a woodburner with flue going up through roof (it's a bungalow)........ Is this even possible?

b. An electric fire (hearth / fire surround)

c. Electric wall-hung fire

Have we any other options? What do you think?

peeriebear Sun 12-May-13 12:50:28

We had our fire taken out and put the aquarium there.

unlucky83 Sun 12-May-13 13:52:22

I'm having a stove put in ...two storey house no chimney -my stove about £1k mark -but whole job just over £3k...

You can have a fake internal chimney breast built if you like -but I'm not having that ...was going to have an external flue but have been persuaded that an internal one (feeding through a built in wardrobe upstairs) is the way to go and heat given off by the flue heats upstairs a bit too...rather than wasted outside
The stove has to have a heat proof back -but I've been told on my plaster wall will be fine (plasterboard is a problem but they can't be flush against wall anyway )...and I've got suspended wooden floors (floorboards) so it is going on a stone slab (in this case is has to be on legs) - you can have a fake concrete bit built up from the ground level so you can have one flat on the floor but that's expensive and I didn't think necessary)
Also depends what you want it for -above 5Kw output you should have air vents put in ...so even thought mine won't be big enough to heat all the space in that room on its own I've gone for that (spend our lives insulating and draught proofing only to put a big hole in the wall!)
My stove man is highly recommended and has said (unless you have money to burn) better to worry about the build quality of the stove, rather than looks (I liked a £3k one - it looked like a 1970s tv, the era of the house but he pointed out the internal build (bricks vs iron inside or something) was worse than the £1k I'm having). Also one door is better than 2 and wider means you can use bigger logs if you are cutting them yourself)
If it is an external wall with about a metre wide gap outside you can have an external brick chimney built (won't take up the whole metre but they need the space to scaffold etc) - but then you are talking serious money - verbally told more than £10k ...plus the cost of stove and installation...

unlucky83 Sun 12-May-13 13:54:51

Oh and if you want it for heating ...and you don't live in a smokeless zone - get a multi fuel - means you can burn coal too if you want...

80sMum Sun 12-May-13 14:11:48

I think you can install woodburners with no chimney, you just have the flue on its own. It will get very hot though, so you would need to have a protective cage or something around it where it goes through the loft. Your local woodburner installer should be able to advise.

unlucky83 Sun 12-May-13 14:18:28

80s mum - that's exactly what I'm having...

AvrilPoisson Sun 12-May-13 22:33:30

Can you use woodburners in smokeless zones? confused

Uppermid Mon 13-May-13 21:57:20

I'm in SE London and used Westcombes, based on lee high road http://www.westcombes.co.uk/ They use a guy called Lee to fit the fires, he came out and surveyed the chimney first and put the hole back in the wall - excellent service, couldn't fault them, friendly, clean and reasonable.

We have a multi fuel stove, it has a filter and something else so that we are able to use it, we're in a smoke free zone.

Hope that helps!

Uppermid Mon 13-May-13 21:58:00

Bugger that didn't work try again

puffylovett Mon 13-May-13 22:39:08

Another vote for a stove here, ours has been in for 6 months, best thing we ever did. Friends have an amazing standalone morso stove installed on a glass hearth at the side of their living room between the sofas- offers a focal point other than the telly. Their flue goes out the wall smile

Btw we've saved a fortune on heating - dp gets pallets from work free, I only had the heating on over winter for 2 hours daily to warm upstairs smile

audrey01 Sat 18-May-13 08:43:01

Uppermid - thanks for the link and the recommendation. I will definitely give them a call.

amigababy Sat 18-May-13 08:59:47

our bungalow has a large lounge, no fire place, we've lived here 13 years. Our focal point is the large sliding patio door, balcony and valley outside. The only time we miss a fire is if there's a power cut and the central heating pump stops, we get cold quickly!
We have the same issue with our apartment in Spain, and there we're thinking of putting in a stove, it can be chilly in winter, the heat and atmosphere would be good, and it would be a great back up during power cuts ( happens a bit there and I hate being cold with a vengeance)

Bunbaker Sat 18-May-13 09:03:56

Our last house had no fireplace, but as we had frequent power cuts we needed another source of heating. We had a gas fire with a balanced flue installed and were jolly glad we did (and so were the cats grin)

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