a) I assume I have to strip the paint somehow and clean the chimney (there is soot falling out of the chimney constantly so I assume it is at least partly open)? b) There is a gas point capped off and sticking out of the floorboard just in front of the fireplace. We do have gas CH but do I need to check that pipe is still connected to the main supply or is that pretty much guaranteed? c) The fireplace itself (not including the surrounding area) is wider than it is high (31 inches wide by 26 inches high). What is the best way to fit a gas fireplace as they tend to be higher than they are wide. d) Anything else I ought to know to avoid burning the house down?
A step by step guide for super dummies would be ideal but any help is very much appreciated :)