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Insert woodburner question
by ihusker Thu 19 Oct 2017 17:39

I need to think about replacing my insert woodburner in the near future as the grate has burned through and now the glass has cracked. It's probably been there since the house was built in the 1960s so it has served it's time. Also I don't know who made it so I can't get spares so it's time for it to go. My query is that my burner glass door opens from left to right whereas all the ones I've seen on dealer's websites and also on sites such as Leboncoin show the doors opening from right to left. This would not be suitable for me due to the position of the fire and refuelling would be difficult. My existing insert has hinges either side so changing the way the door opens is easy, but all the pictures I've seen don't show hinges on the right hand side, so the question is: if you have an insert logburner installed, can your door be hung the other way round? and if so what make is it please?
If there were any showrooms around I could go and have a look but I don't know of any in the area.
I would be most gratefull for any replies and my thanks in anticipation :?

Feb 2006
Re: Insert woodburner question
by Dave Thu 04 Jan 2018 13:54

Brunet Prudhomme in Bonnat has a small showroom with several burners and a bunch of catalogues. he and his wife are very helpful and I recommend them.

16 Route de Guéret, Bonnat (05 55 62 14 97)

There are also a few stoves on display in most large DIY stores (Mr. Bricolage and Brico Marche for example).

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Aug 2004
Re: Insert woodburner question
by Creusebear Sat 06 Jan 2018 20:18

I second Dave's recommendation for Brunet Prudhomme in Bonnat. We have a freestanding wood-burner but they also do inserts. M. Prudhomme lined the chimney and fitted the baffle as well as the burner. Prices were good and service and advice was excellent - very professional and efficient. We also use them to sweep the chimney and service the fire every few years. I think Mme Prudhomme has good English as well if necessary for communication. We bought all our white goods from them and have not been disappointed in quality or reliability (although I generally wait for the sales!)
There is also an English owned business in 23 I have heard about but don't know if they do inserts or just free-standing -

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May 2007
Re: Insert woodburner question
by RobertArthur Sun 07 Jan 2018 11:04

The insert is the French answer to the question: what shall we do with a traditional open fire place. My question: is there any compelling reason to continue this solution? Or is it a constructional design from the sixties, prohibiting a solution like this one?

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Mar 2009
Re: Insert woodburner question
by rictel Sun 07 Jan 2018 12:10

RobertArthur makes a good point. When we bought our house there was an insert fitted & although it heated up the stonework around it , it never seemed to project much heat into the room. After several years putting up with it I plucked up the courage to rip it out, open the fireplace up & replaced with a free standing fire. The difference was incredible in as much as the benefits of the heat production & the efficiency of the fire meaning we also used less wood. Certainly worth a serious thought.

Brico marche in La Chatre also have a good selection of fires & inserts.

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Dec 2007
Re: Insert woodburner question
by RobertArthur Sun 07 Jan 2018 12:48

Trying to get more comfort and heat elsewhere in the house there are inserts with built-in ventilation systems. Also available as retrofit units. From what I've seen I consider these add-ons as workarounds, not able to do the same as modern high-efficiency wood stoves. In case of a black-out - not uncommon in la France profonde - I do prefer the autonomy of a wood burning stove.

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Mar 2009
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