If you follow us on Instagram (@middleoftherow) you will already be aware that we have recently changed the fireplace in the living room from a gas fire to a wood burning stove. Let me tell you it was a decision that took well over a year but it has been well worth the wait and one of the best decisions we have made because boy does it heat the room up nice and cosy!
This was the gas fire place that was in the living room when we moved in. Everyone who has come into the house gushed about how lovely it looked. It did look lovely and very in keeping with the period of the house, however the hearth was absolutely massive and intrusive into the room and we never found the Gas fire very cosy or very efficient at heating up the entire room. We always have wanted a house with either an original fireplace to burn openly or have a stove fitted and therefore this fire was just not what we envisaged for our house.
On our decision journey we floated the idea of getting just an open fire fitted for the ambience and the dream of what we had always wanted. Everyone told us that they are not heat efficient and stoves are far better for heat etc etc etc….thankfully after finding out that the feathers in our chimney had gone and that this would be a massive cost to rectify that idea was shot out of the window and back to the stove idea we went and to be honest I am so pleased that we couldn’t get the open fire as I think it would have been a big mistake considering the amount of heat that we are now getting from our beautiful stove!
Installation took two days and had a little bit of trauma in that when they took the fire out the flu was not aligned to the centre and the hole was smaller than expected. The original fireplace that would have been in the living room must have been off centre to the right for some reason and that was why the flu was not aligned. This was rectified by removing a piece of the wall in the flu and inserting a lintel to make the hole bigger for the inglenook to fit the stove into. We also had issues with access to the chimney as we were advised that they could use our neighbours roof until the fitters came and said that they would not be able to access it and therefore a cherrypicker would be required which added additional cost.
I just love the finished look and feel that we now get with the stove and I am so pleased that we bit the bullet and decided to get it installed. We now just have a few finishing touches to complete, i.e. replacing the old skirting and decorating, but once that it done it will look even more amazing than it does now.
If you have had a stove fitted I’d love to hear your experiences so do leave a comment below?