The fireplace is the heart and soul of a cottage. People gather here and share stories. In the old days the fire was never allowed to go out. Ashes were spread over embers to ‘keep them in’ until morning.
This unique Mountcharles style fireplace has now got its first slab back in place, mortared onto cantilevered buttresses, which rest upon pillar comrades.
In a new cycle of life this thresher byre is to have a wood burning stove tucked into its fireplace, so the traditionally wide chimney must be narrowed to support a clay flue pipe.
Two through stones are built-in to hold the clay flue, which shall be fitted in sections and enclosed, but not tightly (above: birdseye view).
Our slabs are fairly rough-hewn affairs. Kieran lightly trims the edges so that they can stack flush. The slabs themselves do not bear weight – the original building method used in this particular byre is described here.
Notches are cut from the lower corners to fit snugly onto the weight-bearing through stones.
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“Nil aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin” – “There is no fire like your own fire”.