Flueless gas fireplace
1 x 2000mm x 1000mm x 16mm MDF
2 x 2000mm x 486mm x 16mm MDF
4 x 986mm x 486mm x 16mm MDF
2 x 1000mm x 500mm x 16mm MDF
1 x 1000mm x 998mm x 16mm MDF
Deckplatten polystyrene ceiling tiles (pack of 8)
33mm countersink bit
30mm chipboard screws
4 x cupboard hinges (two per door)
16 x washers
4 x castor wheels
2 x wooden blocks (about 150mm x
2L White PVA
2L White enamel
Sponge roller and tray set
Start building your box by cutting insertions in the back (2000mm x 1000mm), top (2000mm x 486mm) and bottom (2000mm x 486mm) sections with a biscuit joiner. Apply wood glue to the grooves, insert size-20 biscuits and join up the edges.
Tighten with sash clamps and leave to dry.
Drill and screw the outer side panels (986mm x 486mm) in place, ensuring that you fit the panels in between the top and bottom sections. Measure and mark 500mm across from either outer edge and insert the two remaining 986mm x 486mm panels. Drill and screw in place.
Your box should now have three divisions: two of 1000mm x 500mm x 500mm deep to either side and a central compartment of 1000mm x 1000mm x 500mm deep. This will be your firebox housing.
In the rightmost compartment, drill an 18mm hole in the dividing panel. This is where the connection hose between the firebox and the gas canister will be threaded through. Jigsaw a 280mm x 80mm section out of the back panel close to the bottom edge to make a vent. This is a safety precaution to prevent build-up should there be a gas leak.
Using a 33mm counter sink bit, route two recesses (about 10mm deep) to the back of the door panels (1000mm x 500mm). This is where you will recess the hinge mechanisms. Ensure that the outer edge of the recesses is no more than 5mm from the door edge.
Measure the outer edges of the firebox. Ours is 784mm x 745mm. Plot these dimensions onto the front central panel (1000mm x 998mm) and jigsaw out.
Using cornice adhesive, affix two polystyrene ceiling tiles to the front of the cupboard doors. Leave to dry.
Prime the box, doors and central face panel with white PVA. Leave to dry. Apply three coats of primer to each of the sections.
Paint the box, doors and face panel with white enamel. Apply two coats and allow at least 24 hours to dry.
Fix hinges to door and attach these to the box. Attach the face panel to box.
Attach castor wheels to the underside of the box near the corners. Screw in place.
Size the geyser blanket to the dimensions of the central compartment and then line the inside. Wrap the two wooden blocks in smaller sections of geyser blanket and fix to the floor of the central compartment.
These will support the firebox.
Connecting gas should always be supervised by a registered installer. We strongly advise against connecting gas yourself and be sure to check an installer’s credentials with the Fireplace Association of South Africa. The gas canister will be housed in the rightmost compartment.
Once connected, fit the firebox in the central compartment, switch on and break out the cocoa.