Archives for the month of: August, 2015

Before I get to the rendering of the stove opening, I’ll cover something so old-school, it’s almost prehistoric (maybe). The render is lime-based to allow the alcove to breathe like the rest of the plaster in the lounge. However, if there is any soot or other deposits on the stonework, the staining will bleed through the render, a result of it being a natural, breathable material. The solution? Cow pat.


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The lime man’s top tip is to spread a layer of cow pat onto the sooty surface before applying the lime render. It’s prehistoric stain block and we’re certainly not short of it in the fields around us.

Below is the closeup of the smeared back wall, with soot as a contrast. The uncovered soot is above the level of the cover plate of the installed stove.

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There was a little soot on the alcove’s archway, so that got slabbered too. I then used a heatgun (not so medieval) to dry it quickly so I had time to render on top of it. And there wasn’t much of a burnt-dung smell.

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Next step in the stove installation is adding the hearth. We could have lined or rendered the opening first, though I decided to do the hearth and then cover the gaps round the edges with render rather than cement. This is how the installers did the stove in the playroom too.

P1030897 (Large)The hearth is black sandstone from the local building supplies merchant. We saw the slabs as part of a patio display and asked if they could be used as a hearth, which it seems they can be once they are treated with boiled linseed oil.

After leaving it for a day to let the adhesive set, we need to grout the various gaps between the slabs, which you can see in the picture below.

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It’s time to sort out the lounge, which means we need a stove in there first. This time, we’re going to do it almost all ourselves. The only bits we’re not doing are the chimney sweeping and lining the chimney.

The first job is removing the fireplace and all the rubble that fills the builder’s opening at the bottom of the chimney. The results can be seen in the picture.

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