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crsmit
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Hi, 2 years back i bought my first home which is the bisf construction. We thinking of taking down all thewalls downstairs and removing the fireplace so that it can be a nice big open plan room. By looking at the pictures above, there is a lot of steel supports around the chimney. Can one remove this or is it a structural support that cant be removed?

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Hi, the steel frame around the flue only supports the boxing-in around the flue itself, so that can safely be removed together with the flue pipe. However there are three steel elements in the downstairs walls that cannot be removed. Right across the middle of the house in the top of the wall that separates the living room from the dining room and the kitchen from the hallway there is a large steel I-beam that supports the framework of the floor above. This in turn is supported by two stanchions (vertical steel elements). One is in the corner between the living room/hall/kitchen and the other is roughly half way between the flue and the doorway between the living room and dining room.

Marc has posted a photo of a house where the wall between the living room and dining room has been removed that shows the stanchion left as a pillar but unfortunately I can't find it.

Ed

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We have completed the frame removal ready for the log burner to be installed, was a big job but well worth it, will upload a step by step guide at a later date as we logged the project with many photos.

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Hi there, I'm new here, just about to purchase a BISF house and will want to remove the breast. Having see your picture, keeping the flue looks great when painted. What did you do to clean it up?

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We used the same heat paint used to refurb old log burners, used a wire brush attachment and wet/dry paper to clean it off, very messy but we'll worth the hassle. Been in just over 2 years now and still as good as the day it was painted.

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Good to know. Thanks! Have you exposed it through the first floor too?

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Hi Dan, I hope you are well.

It's been a while since you posted your logburner thread on the site, but it would be great to see some of your photographs outlining your project as we have a few people lookin to undertake a similar upgrade at the moment.

If you could share some of your images or if you have rather a lot of them, you could always send them to us via email and we can upload them for you into a gallery?

Our address is admin@bisfhouse.com

Marc

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