Our HETAS registered team have just finished a fireplace renovation and wood stove installation for a customer with a small, dated fireplace that was only suitable for open fires.

We demolished the old brick surround and opened the fireplace up. They then fitted a dark sandstone hearth, rendered the inside and plastered the front.

This created plenty of room to fit a Contura 51L, 5kW wood stove with a generous sized fire box and an efficiency rating of 81%. The hearth is black sandstone which will dry and fade to a dark charcoal grey rather than the black you can see in the picture.

Our customers also chose to finish the fireplace off with a silvered oak fascia beam.

The render inside the fireplace can either be left as it is or painted with a water based paint. Some people choose to paint it the same colour as the rest of the room, and others use a different shade to add depth. We would always render inside a fireplace, rather than plaster, as plaster can crack with the heat.

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