I'm probably going to fit one of those inset electric fires into an
existing fireplace - basically just for decorative purposes as there is
CH in the room.
Something like this: <http://tinyurl.com/2h4vus (or
What is the normal way of providing power to these? They are usually
supplied with a flex plus 13A plug emerging from the rear; and you
really don't want to have a flex emerging from the side of the fire and
trailing across the hearth to the nearest socket - and I'm sure that's
Now in the past when I've fitted these beasts I've solved this by
drilling a long hole from the outside of the chimney breast into the
fireplace; threading the flex down said hole; and connecting up to a
socket on the side of the chimney breast. However, in the current case,
the fireplace is actually on a totally flat wall, with the chimney
breast in the adjacent room, which seems a bit unusual, and which makes
concealing the flex awkward. So:
Option (1): I drill my hole as before, but this means the flex will pass
through the chimney breast to connect to a socket in the adjacent room
(still in my property, obviously!)
Option (2): I install a spurred socket on the firebrick *inside*
fireplace, behind the electric fire.
In either case, I could use an FCU instead if that would be better, but
even so, both the above options seem a bit dodgy practice to me. Apart
from other considerations, this will need to pass a future electrical
inspection, so needs to be right! What do the experts think?