Testing the log burner

We are fortunate that because of the extension we’ve added to our house we have a living room and a soon-to-be (we’re working on it!) ‘snug’ which share a wall. This wall also happens to be the wall that contains the chimney (well we’ve pulled it down a bit but it still exists in the attic) which means we’re planning to install a double fronted log burner that will sit in a space between the two rooms.

The living room was finished around 18 months ago, as as part of this we created a fake chimney breast in atticipation of opening it up. We put a plasterboard back to it and filled it with logs as a short term fix:

On the other side, we’ve recently pulled down the original chimney breast so that we could ‘move it over’ slightly (it would have been right in the corner otherwise), so both rooms have a fireplace in a more central location in the room:

The bricks are where the old chimney breast was.

More recently we’ve created an opening on the snug side ready for a fire. We’ll also be building out a fake chimney breast on this side (this one much deeper and frm brick) for the fire to sit in.

For the past few months we’ve been looking to find a log burner that would be suitable. It needed to:

  • Be ‘double fronted’ (have doors front and back)
  • Be ‘double dept, or as close to as possible essentially much deeper than a normal log burner
  • Be defra approved
  • Have the correct heat output for the room size
  • Be a minimal but timeless design

We only managed to find a few stoves that would have worked and in the end narrowed it down to the Mendip, Churchill 8 stove. We got in touch with the wonderful people at Woodburner Warehouse to see whether they might be interested in providing a discount on the stove in exchange for me featuring it, and amazingly they agreed*. They’ve then gone on to spend hours with Lee talking through various options to make sure we end up with the best flue system we can.

At this point Lee wanted to physically check that it wouldn’t just ‘fit’ between the two rooms, but that it would ‘look right’. So this happened…

Yes that is a scale replica of our new fire, made from cardboard. You can’t say Lee doesn’t do a job properly! Apparently it needed to be sprayed black too because the depth would look different if it was still a cardboard colour!

Once the rooms are finished there will be bricks in the cavity that will finish flush with the plasterboard and the chimney breast will be built out on the other side meaning you wont be able to see as much of next door.

From the other room it looks like this:

The brick chimney breast will be built out in between those wooden beams in the ceiling (which will support the beam on the right meaning we can finally take the acrow props down!

The scale model obviously also has a hole in the top so we can perfectly line it up with where the flue will be going:

As the chimney is on the original side of the house the fire sits more in the snug than the living room. We were concerned that it would be too far back from the living room but on the whole we’re happy with where it will ultimately end up:

Whilst Lee was making his fire (and my mum and I were despairing with his thoroughness) my step-dad to lend ‘moral support’ completed the model with cardboard fire and a companion set:

So we have now ordered the fire, and it should arrive some time in August which will hopefully give us enough time to make a decision about which flue to get so we can get the fire installed and the chimney breast bricked up in time for winter!

Have you ever resorted to scale models to help make decisions? Let me know in the comments below!

*Disclosure: I am being given a discount on the stove but Woodburner Warehouse have not stipulted coverage in any way. I approached them for the collaboration and we’ve been blown away with their service and help so far.