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Review of Stovax Riva 40 multi fuel

Riva 40 - Cracks in chimney breast

Alex Saward 5 years ago

I had an exposed brick chimney breast with an open fire and last year had it plastered & a Riva 40 fitted, the chimney breast was lined with heat resistant plaster board and heat resistant plaster about 30cm around the actual Riva, however every time we have a fire cracks emanate from the Riva, can anyone tell me what to do, I can't face a lifetime of filling cracks & repainting the chimney breast after each use of the Riva? I can't go back to the bricks as they have now been spoiled.

Stove expert replied: Was there back fill round the cassette when installed and how was the flue connected, two areas that are worth re-visiting to try to overcome this annoying problem.

Overall rating:

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