is this fireplace lintel ok?
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wezzoid
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is this fireplace lintel ok?

by wezzoid » Sun Feb 20, 2022 11:20 am

I removed the old electric fire from this fireplace.

Here's a photo (I couldn't get on with the forum image gadget)

https://imgur.com/a/fLT2Fgh

Thinking of having a wood burning stove.

It looks like they hacked out some of the brickwork to make room for that electric fire. I removed enough plaster to see the extent of the concrete lintel and I'm worried the support is compromised.

Clearly it's been fine for decades but should I correct this with a wider lintel or is it ok?

First post BTW, Hi!

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Re: is this fireplace lintel ok?

by stoneyboy » Mon Feb 21, 2022 10:10 pm

Hi wezzoid,
What you have is absolutely fine, just do not cut the opening any wider.
Regards S

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