Restoring an old, french woodburning fireplace

alfie Posted By alfie, Sep 4, 2006 at 5:58 PM

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  1. alfie

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    Sep 4, 2006
    Hi there,

    I'm trying to restore a wood burning fireplace of a type I've not come across before.

    The fireplace is fairly small, with a marble and plaster mantel. There is no hearth to speak of. All that remains of the grate is a flat, metal plate that sits about an inch of the ground with an air space underneath. A retractable metal screen can be lowered by degrees all the way down to completely cover the fireplace. It is a 19C fireplace, we think from around 1840. There are 3 in the house, which is in Pyrenees-Orienthales.
    Do you know what sort of grate and hearth a fireplace like this should have? Should there be an ash pan a fret or even a dog grate above the base plate?

    I'd be very grateful for any advice you might have! I've attached a picture...

    Many thanks!

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  2. webbie

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    Nov 17, 2005
    Western Mass.
    Talk to the small fireplace experts at:

    They have just about everything in this realm.
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