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What causes the plasterwork on a Chimney breast to crack?

When installing a stove into an existing fireplace, as the flue gas temperatures into the chimney system will increase, it would be expected that the chimney system and its surrounding brickwork will get hotter. If you are noticing hairline cracks appearing on the plasterwork, it is usually caused by a crack in the flue liner of the chimney system which is allowing for excess heat to get the surrounding brickwork.

To allievate this issue usually the chimney system would need to be fitted with a flexible liner but I would advise that you contact one of the flue manufacturers who will be able advise exactly how to address this issue. The largest manufacturer of flue products in Ireland are MI Flues and they can be contacted on 046-9558030.

What causes glass to crack/break on my stove?

The following are the causes of stove glass cracked:

  • Impact Damage - If the glass is impacted by a piece of fuel sticking out of the firebox or by a stone in the fuel, a small chip can be created on the glass which over time (through repeated heating & cooling) can grow and will eventually cause the glass to crack.
  • Glass Fixings too tight - As the glass grows in size slightly when heated, if the glass screws are over tightened it can cause damage to the glass surface which can cause it to crack. It is recommended to fit the screws until hand tight and then turn the screws back approximately a quarter turn.

There is a third party company that have been supplying glass for all makes of stoves that is not of the same quality and is not of the some thickness as Stanley supplied glass (our glass is 5mm thick) so you should check with your supplier as to where the glass is being purchased from and that it's Stanley glass. 

 

Can I run central heating cooker or stove without water?

It would not be safe to use your range cooker or stove without connecting it to the central heating system.

The boiler shell will overheat due to the absence of water. This will cause potential distortion and fracture of the boiler casing resulting in fume leakage from the appliance into the room. We wouldn't never reccomend this. 

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