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    • CommentAuthorpeaks_ccb
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2020
     
    Hi,

    (Sorry, I posted this to the wrong category earlier)

    I've seen the previous messages on this topic but none seem to apply to my case.

    I have an unused chimney stack in an uninsulated external wall, feeding two decorative fireplaces, with pots intact (no caps at present). I'd like to insulate the breasts and stop draughts. My loft is converted and I have a pir-insulated roof.

    I've seen suggestions from Tony covering cases where the loft isn't converted, suggesting airbrick in loft and blocking chimney at ceiling level. This doesn't apply as I have a warm loft.

    Should I stuff insulation into a bag and push this through pots to at insulated roof level, plus install vented caps? And then leave flues open to the fireplaces? Or fill flue with eps beads - and if so, down to a vented register plate just above the fireplace?

    Thanks!
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2020
     
    Slightly more risky on outside walls, should be OK filled with beads

    Need to properly cap off, ideally remove pots and add an air brick to both side for through ventilation of the remaining masonry, higher up the betterer
    • CommentAuthorPetlyn
    • CommentTime7 days ago
     
    If you are proposing to fill the chimney then you will have to consider the weight of a vertical column and the compressibility of EPS beads at the base of the column. Have you considered the use of expanded glass beads instead as they have a much higher compressive strength, are indestructibe and therefore have a constant insulation value in the long term and above all are completely fireproof. They have minimal water absorption and vapour permeability is still available through the voids between the beads which will remain open over time.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTime7 days ago
     
    Posted By: PetlynIf you are proposing to fill the chimney then you will have to consider the weight of a vertical column and the compressibility of EPS beads at the base of the column.

    Fascinating. I'm glad you've worked this out. Why not give us the numbers you've calculated that show this is necessary?
    • CommentAuthorrevor
    • CommentTime5 days ago
     
    I presume you are going to insulate the internal of the chimney breast. I also presume that the back of the fireplace internally will not be insulated.
    Just a thought before you go and block every thing up have you considered fitting a sealed wood burner in the fire place i.e with an air input into the back which you could duct from outside. You mention a register plate so is this in place already?
    You will then have a ventilated system through the stack to the outside.
    I have done this with 2 stacks but in my situation had to bring the duct under the floor. I am dead pleased I did this as I have a draught free house a source of heat and a ventilated chimney that takes the air from outside.
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