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Topic: Chimney Breast

  Chimney breast removal
Planning permission is not normally required for chimney breast removal unless the building is listed or situated in a conservation area.
Whether the removal of chimney breasts and support of the residual stack by steel gallows brackets is satisfactory or not is dependent on a number of factors:
If the wall to which the chimney is attached to is a flank wall, the chimney provides restraint to the wall; i.e.
www.lbwf.gov.uk /index/environment/environment-building-control/environment-building-control-information-guide/environment-building-control-chimney-breast-removal.htm   (477 words)

 Order & Measure - American Period Design
Chimney Breast: Sometimes the chimney projects into the room, forming a "chimney breast".
If the mantel extends beyond the width of the chimney breast, it can be specially built with returns or with sides to fit around the breast.
If a chimney breast extends into the room, enter the following (these items may be left blank if there is not a chimney breast).
www.americanperioddesign.com /order.htm   (857 words)

 Chimney stack removal and the Building Regulations - London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
It is, then, usually structurally possible to remove chimney breasts from the flank or party walls of such buildings without affecting the strength of the wall.
Where the chimney breast does not protrude from the wall by more than about a third of the thickness of the wall, the brickwork may in some circumstances be corbelled out or have gallows brackets installed.
If advantage is to be taken of a neighbours chimney to allow use of gallows brackets, you are advised to have a written agreement with your neighbour to ensure that remedial works at your expense do not become necessary if they remove their chimney at a subsequent date.
www.richmond.gov.uk /home/environment/building_control/building_control_technical_advice_and_guidance/chimney_stack_removal_guidance/chimney_stack_removal_and_the_building_regulations.htm   (683 words)

 Chimney Breast Removal
A chimney breast is the horizontal projection-usually inside a building-of a chimney from the wall in which it is built
The chimney is part of the structure of the house and its removal should be carefully considered before any work is carried out.
If a chimney breast is removed in a room, you must decide whether to replace the hearth; if you do this the joists and floorboards must be extended.
www.myworkman.co.uk /articles/chimney_breast_removal.php   (805 words)

 Telegraph | Property | Do chimneys still stack up?
The chimney stack is the most obvious part of the flue system, and young children still often draw a house with a chimney stack on top of the roof, belching out smoke, even though few now live in houses with chimneys, flues or open fires.
And few of them will realise that the chimney stack is only the top of a mass of brickwork that starts off with foundations in the basement, rises through the fireplaces and chimney breasts, and only latterly emerges through the roof.
In general, chimney breast removal should be avoided, especially since there is a renewed interest in restoring Victorian houses to their original state.
www.telegraph.co.uk /property/main.jhtml?xml=/property/2006/05/17/pask17.xml&sSheet=/property/2006/05/18/ixpright12.html   (599 words)

 Damp on Chimney Breast
Flue gases leaving the appliance are therefore cooler and in an un-insulated chimney the temperature may drop below dew-point, condensing into a liquid.
Faulty flashings: If the flashings protecting the outside of the chimney are faulty, water will get in and may produce damp patches on the walls and ceilings.
In all these cases, the solution is to consult your chimney specialist, builder or roofing contractor.
www.solve-chimney-problems.co.uk /pages/section4.html   (188 words)

 Chimney breast - Topic Powered by eve community
After a storm a couple of slates slipped from our roof, near the chimney, and when the roofer went up to have a look he noticed that another couple were very, very slightly slipped and they were what was letting water in.
I had trouble with my rear chimney, there was an obvious drip that must've been going on for a long time, because I only noticed it when a perfectly formed 5p piece sized hole appeared in my kitchen ceiling.
The chimney breast had been removed from the kitchen way before I bought the house so the breast itself stopped underneath my bedroom.
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 The Huntington House in Scotland, Connecticut: Building History
Physical evidence for this is visible on the rear of the second story chimney bay and in the floor of the garret, where scars reveal that portions of the frame were removed or relocated to accommodate the stone flue.
These changes to the chimney were accompanied by significant replacement of interior fabric, although it probably did not occur in one major phase of reconstruction but over a longer period of time in several smaller phases.
In the hall chamber significant changes were made: the paneled chimney breast wall was constructed around the new brick firebox; the previously exposed posts, girts, plates, and summer beam were cased, with a crown molding added around the room; and plastered walls and ceilings were added during this phase.
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 Chimney design
Spacers of pre-cast material are used to hold the former in the centre of the chimney.
The hydrostatic pressure at the bottom of the chimney can blow the wall out on a very large opening (yes some people in the past have tried to fill up inglenooks) and mid-feather brick can catastrophically fail just as you pump the last few litres in.
Where a solid fuel room heater is installed in a standard chimney (9" X 9") chimney this method would probably give the longest life if done properly compared to 904 grade stainless flex liners.
www.cosi.co.uk /prod03.htm   (1740 words)

 Fireplace FAQ at The Fire and Fireplace portal for U.K fires, fireplaces, stoves, etc
The type of chimney or flue can sometimes be identified by the age of the property although it is always worth asking your retailer to arrange for a survey to be absolutely sure.
It is possible to replace or rebuild the chimney breast downstairs but great care must be taken to establish how the original removal of the chimney breast was carried out and completed.
A chimney breast that rises through a house is often a structural component and its full or partial removal may have required new components to be added that could affect its rebuilding.
www.fireplace.co.uk /faq02.htm   (1219 words)

 Bricks & Brass: Chimney Removal   (Site not responding. Last check: )
If the chimney stack is removed to below the roof, the roof timbers must be extended to meet the wall, and matching tiles or slates found to fill the gap.
If only part of the chimney breast is to be removed, the remaining brickwork above must be supported with an RSJ (rolled steel joist) supported on gallows brackets; a wooden beam is not normally satisfactory.
If a chimney breast is removed in a room, you must decide whether to replace the hearth; if you do this the joists and floorboards must be extended.
www.bricksandbrass.co.uk /diyelem/roof/chimney/chimrmvl.htm   (292 words)

 ebuild: Chimney breast removal
You're all mad I was only checking out how to remove my chimney breast (which has already been removed from downstairs and the stack has been removed, all that remains is the chimney breast in the second floor and the brickwork in the loft) and I stumble into a geograpical slangin' match.
Is the chimney still there?Look in the loft,the breast should be(if still in situ)supported by brackets with a steel plate running under the breast.BR dont apply though party wall act can do depending what type it is and how its been removed.
The chimney breast wall is the outside wall and not an adjoining wall.
www.ebuild.co.uk /forums/messages/3468/1675.html?1112291602   (689 words)

 Chimney Swift   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Chimney Swifts are widespread and common throughout North America east of the Rocky Mountains.
Chimneys provide upright surfaces sheltered from the weather much like hollow trees, and other sites that have been used for nesting include wells, silos, and the insides of abandoned or seldom-used buildings.
Chimney Swifts use their long, sharp claws to cling to the sides of chimneys.
www.birds.cornell.edu /BOW/CHISWI   (524 words)

 electric suites fireplaces fires
Picture shows chimney breast 60" wide x 10" deep x your ceiling height, but can be made to ANY size.Manufactured in high density board, the K1 is supplied fully painted and fully assembled and looks exactly like a plastered chimney breast once installed.
All of the cabling can be concealed within the false chimney breast, we can also manufacture units to house ancillary equipment such as video, dvd, satellite etc (see our furniture section).
The recess for the plasma is normally made to show a 50mm space all around the TV to allow for ventilation and to enable you to lift the TV onto your mounting bracket.
www.artisan-design.co.uk /electricsuites.htm   (1007 words)

 Bricks & Brass: Chimney Problems   (Site not responding. Last check: )
If a chimney has been damp for a long period, the acids in old soot can eat into the mortar in the flue and, in the worst cases, allow fumes into other rooms and an adjacent house.
A stained or, when a fire is established, a hot chimney breast is an indication that the mortar is in poor condition.
A common problem is the ingress of damp, with staining at the junction of the ceiling and chimney breast, or lower down around the fireplace.
www.bricksandbrass.co.uk /diyelem/roof/chimney/chimprobs.htm   (418 words)

 ChimneyProblems.com Terminology Explained   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This is a round, square, rectangular or oval shaped protective tubing placed inside a chimney to ensure that the chimney draughts correctly and to prevent fumes from escaping out through the chimney wall.
The free standing section of the chimney above the roof-line that is surrounded by air on four sides.
Fixed area in a chimney breast where a fire is lit from which the resulting fumes can escape upwards.
www.chimneyproblems.com /index.cfm?page=terminology   (608 words)

 Premier Home Inspections - Terminology   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Chimney- A vertical masonry shaft reinforced concrete or other approved non-combustibles, heat resisting material enclosing one or more flues.
Chimney Cap- This top is generally of concrete.
Chimney Breast- The inside face or front of a fireplace chimney.
www.davidfeldstein.com /terminology.htm   (1787 words)

 Chimney Balloon Sizing chart   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Chimneys originally built for a kitchen range often narrow quickly to 12"x12".
Generally, chimneys before 1800 are wider from front to back than later ones, so they need to be measured and the chimney balloon made to size.
Sometimes a Medium C.B., but some chimneys around this time were made wide and slim to keep the chimney breast from jutting into the room.
www.chimneyballoon.com /Sizerch2.html   (358 words)

 Habitat Designs Home Decor - Luxury Bedding, Furnishings, Throws & More
Consequently early wood and later coal-burning fires were very inefficient and it was not until a certain Benjamin Thompson (also known as Count Rumford) produced his thesis on the principles of fireplace design in 1799 that smaller grates and improvements in the internal shape of the openings were introduced.
Variously known as the fireplace opening or recess or builders opening, it may be set flush with the wall or built out into the room, forming a chimney breast.
This chimney breast rises through the height of the house, emerging through the roof to form a chimney stack.
www.habitatdesigns.net /viewindart.php?artid=63   (651 words)

 DIYnot.com > View topic > leaking roof nightmare
i went up into the loft to see anything and i saw that when i stood facing the chimney breast water was dripping down the right hand side side of the chimney breast.
as far as i know i have paid for the chimney to be capped and the flashing is sound now according to roofer B so where the hell could the water be coming from.
Sorry to butt in but from what I read it sounds like the chimney breast has been removed from the ground floor and the bedroom above to ceiling height, everything else is as before so the chimney stack still exits the roof hence the capping and the flashing are stil there.
www.diynot.com /forums/viewtopic.php?p=164461   (926 words)

 Buildings :: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
These days central heating has replaced the need for fireplaces and the chimney breast is seen as wasted floor space in the room.
But the chimney is part of the structure of the house and its removal should be carefully considered before any work is carried out.
Where a chimney stack on an external wall is partly removed, say on the end house of a terrace, the chimney stack should be reduced to be no more than 1 metre above the highest point of the where the stack emerges from the roof.
www.southend.gov.uk /content.asp?content=1108   (810 words)

 Architectural/Garden from Antique Networking
Description: To a Boston area asymetrical white pine chimney breast of the circa 1770-1790 period.
Description: To a boston area chimney breast of the circa 1740-1765 period.
Description: To an early Massachusetts white pine Chimney Breast of the circa 1750-1770 period.
www.antiqnet.com /category,architectural-265.html   (284 words)

 Common Chimney Problems
I think I have a downdraught in the chimney
I think I may have damp in my chimney breast
Complete our enquiry form, describing the problem and we will try to help.
www.solve-chimney-problems.co.uk /pages   (69 words)

 ebuild: Chimney Breast Removal
The chimney stack sticks out by 3/4 of a brick and is on an external supporting wall (which is now internal due to utility room extention).
Remove stack, chimney and breast and replace brick wall dividing bathroom from staircase with studding to reduce weight, replacing any joists necessary.
They had removed their chimney breast "by the book" and it had disturbed the chimney next door that hadn't been done properly - the result was that their Building Control officer was now suggesting they were liable for fixing the whole lot.
www.ebuild.co.uk /forums/messages/3468/118.html?1136067248   (1350 words)

 RBFRS - Fire Safety: Chimney Fires   (Site not responding. Last check: )
If you have had a chimney fire it is essential for the safety of all the occupants that you have your flue inspected by a competent person to ensure it has not been damaged.
It is not sufficient to clean a chimney using a vacuum cleaner alone.
Ensure your chimney flue is inspected at regular intervals to prevent fire breaking out of the chimney.
www.rbfrs.co.uk /fsh_chimney_fires.html   (541 words)

 Fireplace Fitting / fireplace installation - Twentieth Century Fireplaces uk
If you find a local chimney sweep in your yellow pages he will clean your chimney, which is always a good thing to do when fitting a new fire, and should also be able to do a smoke test to check the flue for soundness.
The constructional hearth is the patch of fireproof material (either a concrete, stone or tiled surface) in every wooden floored house that should appear flush with the floorboards in front of where the fire is to be fitted.
A good start when fitting any Fireplace is to check whether the chimney breast is plumb and if the floor in front of it is level using a spirit level.
www.c20fires.co.uk /fireplace_fitting.htm   (1804 words)

 Thurrock Council | Building Control | Chimney Stack Removal
Removal of any chimney breast at ground or first floor level requires that the chimney stack above must be adequately supported.
For the case of chimney stacks partly removed on the external walls, it is recommended that they are reduced in height to 1 metre above the roof level so as to improve the overall stability of the external wall.
Where the chimney stacks are on a party wall the adjoining owners approval should be obtained.
www.thurrock.gov.uk /buildingcontrol/content.php?page=chimneystack   (364 words)

 Chimney breast removal to site plasma? - AV Forums   (Site not responding. Last check: )
I am now so glad the chimney has gone, the room is so much bigger and has a nice wall to mount a plasma and if my pot of cash has anything left after the building work a nice PJ too.
Most chimneys that I have seen that are on the party wall back onto each other (yours and your neighbours) and terminate in one chimney stack on the roof, if this is the case I’m not sure if it would be possible to remove the chimney.
Also as the chimney is on the party wall there is the “Party wall act” to consider, I don’t know the ins and outs of this but I believe it involves planning permission etc as you are working on the wall that is shared with your neighbour.
www.avforums.com /forums/showthread.php?t=102563   (1850 words)

 Another boiler flue/chimney breast question - Topic Powered by eve community   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The boiler flue goes into the chimney breast in the kitchen.
It's a big chimney and I want to get rid of half of it vertically - hope that makes sense.
Chimney down-draught could easily push toxic fumes back down the chimney.
community.channel4.com /groupee/forums/a/tpc/f/6026044741/m/2730067093   (235 words)

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