A good reason for a having a rear outlet flue

😉 Hi Peeps

Anyone got a stove / fire, or maybe thinking about getting one?

There are many stoves that By The Fireside have installed with top outlet flues; whereas, they tend to install less stoves with rear outlet flues – well I tell you what..

There is a pretty good reason why you would want to have a rear outlet flue!

As a spacer!

One of our newsest engineers went to see a customer on Monday; they had bought a stove from us and had tried to do a DIY job. I will say, from what my colleague said; they had actually done a pretty good job, but had come across a frustrating problem that required a little guidance.

They had installed their new stove successfully and also shaped and painted their top board. The stove looked great, but was in a slightly different position to the one designed for. The customer had mis-calculated the size of the stove, in comparison to the position of the top board – the result; the stove’s position was further into the chamber and therefore, out-of-view.

Their original design meant that their stove protruded a little from the chamber opening, so as to allow the stove and it’s flickering flames to be seen, thus being a main feature to their room.

The answer we gave and a method to be used to prevent too much top board alteration; use the rear outlet of the stove opposed to the top outlet.

By using our proposed method, meant their stove was required to be moved out slightly to allow for the pipe at the back and therefore shifting the stove’s new position to the preferred, forward position.

I am sure that they could have worked this all out for themselves – they were apparently pretty savvy; they just felt more comfortable with an engineer helping out.

I hope this tip helps you?

Take care, Buck

Published in: on October 22, 2008 at 1:04 pm  Comments (1)  
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A small fireplace stove problem and fix!

Hi Peeps 😉 What a lovely day it is!

It’s been fairly tough this week – had alot on and I am glad to be here sitting down writing this.

It’s nice to get on the computer sometimes, as it can really make a difference – I love the manual side of designing and building fireplaces, but it is nice to do something other than CAD, where y’ hands aren’t getting dirty… 😉 (this is of course assuming I have a clean keyboard)

I had an interesting problem to solve at a customers house on Thursday, I actually went with a colleague as a sort of advice giver. The paint on the customers flue had disolved, due to the sealant that was used to seal the base of the flue pipe, to the top of the stove.

It’s interesting because we normally purchase the sealant from a specialist wholesale outlet, but having run out unexpectedly, we had to purchase an off-the-shelf product – (I can’t disclose the company or product, for legal reasons).

The purpose of me telling you all this is; given it was a product that is sold to the public, it could be a problem you may encounter in the future. I must mention here; this has never happened to us before, so their must be an element in the “public” product, which is not in the “wholesale” product that can eat paint away…

Not good eh?

Anyway, once we had established what caused the damage to the flue pipe, it was a fairly simple process to rectify!

How we fixed it?

We laid dust sheets down – this is one of the most important things to remember, so as not to damage anything else in the room. We then sanded the flue pipe down around the area where the damage had occurred. Incidentally, we used P60 grade sand paper to start with, as this is coarse and then to finish, we used P120 grade sand paper as it is much smoother.

The next thing we had to do, was to spray the flue pipe black, to match the colour of the stove – this was done using matt black paint and I have to say, when finished, it truely was a centre-piece.

Anyway, if you ever encounter this problem and need a bit of advice before you do the job, then comment here and I will lend a hand ;)…

Have a good weekend!


Published in: on October 11, 2008 at 12:35 pm  Comments (2)  
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Where to buy wood and Where to buy coal?

So, you are feeling the cold, have a need to turn up the heat, but… Gas is costing too much – 😦 seems to be a common story these days…

Don’t you think it’s ironic, that people of the UK are paying ‘through-the-nose’ prices, just to stay warm. The fact that stoves are making a real come-back is of little surprise and as such, I have been getting a lot of questions on where to buy wood and where to buy coal for stoves and fireplaces?

Actually, there are many places in the UK to buy timber for burning and coal too, although as you could probably imagine; with the influx of sales for stoves, the need for this kind of fuel has risen dramatically and to add to this, it is Autumn / Winter now and that also creates a need for the existing stove owners (not good).

As a word of advice; don’t go to the wood to get your wood – to my knowledge; this is illegal!

With this point in-mind, you can get pallet wood from a waste dumping site, normally for free – my mate is an Electrician and is always going to the local Dump – he often gets pallet wood for his stove…

Pallet wood is not really the best or most efficient form of wood for stoves as it burns quickly. My friend basically uses this wood and a bit of paper to get the fire roaring and then piles on the coal – the coal then stays burning for hours, but you do need the roaring fire to get it started, so therefore pallet wood does have its use and as it can be obtained free of charge, its a really good idea to say the least!

List of places of where to buy wood and where to buy coal

  1. The Internet – do a Google search
  2. Yellow Pages – go to yell.com
  3. Classified Ads – try Craigslist / Gumtree / Plus others
  4. Timber merchants
  5. Coal merchants
  6. Friends and family – ask around

It is extremely unfortunate (in my opinion) that many of the coal mines were shut and now there is a need for it… Laughable really… Not!

I hope this list helps..


Published in: on October 3, 2008 at 1:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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