It’s simple, and I think I know the answer. But it’s not that straightforward.
Do I get a fire? I have a boarded up fireplace, a handsome mantlepiece and a big, freezing living room. I like to be warm. I like a focal point. I like to burn things. So I owe it to myself, and the flat, to get the real fire reinstated, no?
The main problem is that it’s pretty expensive. I had the chimney swept and tested last winter, and Mick The Sweep (his business name) said I’d need the chimney lining, involving scaffolding, knocking out bits of the chimney breast and other disruption. And it also feels pretty decadent. There are loads of more sensible things I should get done in the house, not least sort out the large drafty windows that are also part of the coldness problem. So what do you think, have you had it done? Was it Loadsahassle? Worth it in the end (I bet it was).