Originally Posted by wakey wakey
What kind of price you recon for installation? Is the existing chimney no good as thete is already a working gas fire in, cheers mate
You need a liner. It'll be 5 or 6" diameter and is dropped down from the top of the chimney. Connects to the fire outlet. Woodburners burn hot and an unlined chimney will eventually start crumbling.
Liner and fire installation is about £800 plus the cost of the fire itself, say a couple of hundred for a half decent one.
Only burn seasoned wood, ideally 2 years old so it has dried out. It will lose half its weight in water when drying out. Burning unseasoned wood will creosote the chimney up in no time and is also very inefficient. It takes a lot of heat to boil the water out of the wood before it burns. Again, ideally burn hardwood but woodburners will tolerate a mix of hard/softwood. Chestnut is good for a dark red hot fire but it can be spitty so keep the doors shut and ignore the bangs.
I've two woodburners and have used one of them for the last 20 years and the other for the last 10. Wouldn't have anything else. It's all in the wood you burn though.
Like I say, they burn hot and depending on the room size, they can be overpowering.