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    Morning all as above what do you think i have just moved into my first home all the decorating is done fresh and nice carpets and painting ect the only thing thats left to do is the fire place at the moment its a oldish gas fire (BACK BOILER) THERES NOTHING WRONG WITH IT.... Just years ago me and the other half stoped at the lakes and we had a lovely open log burner fire so the question is what you guys think stop with the gas fire or go open

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    Multifuel stove all the way! Mine replaced a gas back boiler too. Took a bit of work widening the fireplace and replacing the lintel, and then lining the chimney. But well worth it when its roaring away on a cold winters day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rottertron View Post
    Multifuel stove all the way! Mine replaced a gas back boiler too. Took a bit of work widening the fireplace and replacing the lintel, and then lining the chimney. But well worth it when its roaring away on a cold winters day.

    do you know what the costs would be would i need to get rid ov the back boiler and get a combi?..... i was thinking stone fire place with one ov them grates

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    Id say 2k to 2.5K to fit a combi boiler to youre existing heating system and hot water supply.
    And with the fire place, it really depends on the construction of your house/fireplace and what work that needs, and also whether you need youre chimney lined. And could you do some of the work yourself??
    For example mine cost about 1k all in but i got a right good deal on the stove and done all the work myself.

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    Do you have all the spare time to maintain and wait for a natural fire to operate?
    Equally, even the best natural fires produce dirt that eventually builds up in that room, meaning extra cleaning (unless it is a very large room)
    Therefore, a natural effect gas fire is my preference

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    Do you have all the spare time to maintain and wait for a natural fire to operate?
    Equally, even the best natural fires produce dirt that eventually builds up in that room, meaning extra cleaning (unless it is a very large room)
    Therefore, a natural effect gas fire is my preference

    Agreed. Got my fireplace ripped out and bricked over when I had my oil installed. Open fire was a stinking dirty smelly b****** of a thing. Recked the carpet, wallpaper and everything else. I don't live in the dark ages any more lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    Do you have all the spare time to maintain and wait for a natural fire to operate?
    Equally, even the best natural fires produce dirt that eventually builds up in that room, meaning extra cleaning (unless it is a very large room)
    Therefore, a natural effect gas fire is my preference

    thats true when you look at it that way i guess thanks thats made me think lol

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    Im getting one of these http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...ht_3539wt_1139 cant be dealing with mess and slow heat

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    It also depends if the fire in the main heat or auxilary heat for the room.
    My preference is Gas too, unless you spend a LOT on a proper multifuel stove.
    Congrats on getting your first house too.

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    My folks still have the open coal/smokeless fuel fire (I grew up with it). You can get your hot water from it and even run the radiators off it. Thereís nothing better in the cold of winter than setting up the fire. (I used to use a bed of newspaper and dry kindling sticks back in the day. It would be topped it off with a bucket of coal). Then just sit back and enjoying the natural heat and glow. Thatís if it lights first time!
    It just depends if you have got the time and patients to clean it out set it up whenever you want it on? I would also have a secondary heat source built in for when you run out of coal or just canít be bothered to put the fire on.
    It can be a lot of work but you can make your toast on it while watching the TV late at night (Lots of butter for me).

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