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  1. Reece

    Reece New Member

    It sure where to post this, so please if it’s the wrong place move it to the correct place.

    We’ve recently moved into a property and I have a few concerns with the safety of the boiler flue position. It’s been signed off and we’ve got our certificate, yet I’ve been advised from another egineer that it’s not safe, so I’m thoroughly confused!

    Have contacted the leggings company and they pretty much said it’s been signed off so it must be safe.

    Essentially the window opens into the flue, which isn’t great, as the window has to be open, even a little in the winter for the fire to draw.

    Ive attaches some imagines below, one with a rough measurement. I’m just after some advice as to wheater or not it’s something to be concerned about & chase.

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  2. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    That asks so many questions: was the window always like that? Had it been replaced for an opening one? How longs the boiler been in? Is there no ventilation for the fire? What sort of fire is it? Do you have a carbon monoxide detector? Sounds like an accident waiting to happen as it stands. What boiler is it?
    Get gas safe out for a free assessment.
     
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  3. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Erm .
    Manufacturers instructions say a min of 300 mm from the end of the flue to the window opening which as the crow flies maybe ok , however the fact the window can open against it personally I think is wrong . Others may say different .
    One other thing thats noticeable is the flue gaurd is steel and not for a condensing boiler , what is the boiler ?
     
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  4. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Was gonna say it ain’t a new boiler
     
  5. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Pleas don’t ignore the fire questions too as that’s just as likely to do you harm
     
  6. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Erm again , I was a bit bemused ..
     
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  7. Reece

    Reece New Member

    Thanks for the reply, really appreciate it.

    As far as I'm aware the window has always been there, and has always opened that way. The maisonette we live in used to be one house, but we separated into two and the downstairs converted for an older lady.

    It's an open fire. From what I can work out, our bedroom used to be the living room, with the bigger of the two fires (which is now been boarded up with an air vent stuck in) and the one in the now living room (where the window opens onto the flue) used to be a dining room.

    From what I can work out the boiler is a Potterton profile, though it looks like some ID stickers or what not have been removed.

    Does the window when open count as a opposite surface?
     
  8. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Looks like an old Potterton conventional boiler. 15/20 years old. It also looks like a fairly new window 5 /7 years ago. Please let us know what make and model of fire you have as if you have to open the window to use the fire to get it to draw surely that would be classed as immediately dangerous and should have be capped off. Is there a vent to outside in the room the fire is in?
     
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  9. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I think based on this you need an urgent second opinion. I’d say it’s unsafe, looks like my esteemed colleagues agree
     
  10. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    If you must use things in the interim for gods sake get a carbon monoxide alarm
     
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  11. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    For fo asking questions you had answered above. Typed my message then got distracted with the kids before I could send it :p:p:rolleyes:
     
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  12. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Its obviously been there years , the way I read your post was it was a newish installation so please ignore the flue gaurd terminal opinion .
    In reality nobody is going to leave the window open against the flue so yes I would count it as a opposite surface and I am guessing should be at least 600 away or maybe 1200.
     
  13. Reece

    Reece New Member

    I'm assuming all the windows were replaced with double glazing at the same point. The house attached next door is mirrored in layout (before the conversion) and they have a window in the same place. The fireplace is just a standard open fireplace with fire grate in the bottom. No air-brick in the half or anywhere in the room, which I find confusing as the house has suspended flooring. It just so happens the we've been without a letter box for the last 3 months (landlord was supposed to be replacing) which lets enough air in through the hallway. Block it up however and the smoke will either fill the room with smoke, or get pulled back down the other chimney and out the air vent in the bedroom..
     
  14. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Open fire pal
     
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  15. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    My bet is the window has been replaced and the fitters haven’t contemplated the flue. No surprise. Doesn’t answer the poor fire pull question
     
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