I have a chimney breast that has been knocked out and a steel RSJ inserted
to hold up. Acutally, I discovered the RSJ when I knocked out the rest of
the breast/fireplace. It sits just below the original soldier-arch.
I intend to place a small wood-burner under and take the flue from the stove
through a register plate etc. The usual format.
What I need some thoughts on is where to put the register plate. I can put
it below the RSJ (resting on the top of a decorative oak lintel) and then
back-fill through the small soot box I have installed in the face of the
Or, I can put the register plate much higher up (akin to inside) in the
brick flue/breast. This will significantly reduce the amount of back-fill
(if any) but will mean that there will be a considerable void above the
stove, before the register plate. My main concern with doing this is that
the void could get a heat build up, which would then warm the RSJ too much,
causing unacceptable expansion. There will still be the decorative oak
lintel below the RSJ though.
Does anyone have any experience with this sort of scenario? I have done a
few similar arrangements before, but never where an RSJ lintel has been
present. Normally, I have made use of the soldier arch or made the oak
lintel load bearing.
Thanks for any pointers/thoughts.
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