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  1. My 5kw woodburner is 3 years old. My house has no chimneys, it was built on a housing estate in the 1990s.The living room flue is partly insulated. The insulated flue through the first floor passes thro’ a now little used much smaller wardrobe, there are no bends in the flue. The flue in the roofspace is within a metal cage The only evidence of the flue is the 1.5m of flue above the roof tiles. The flue in wardrobe is enclosed in a fireproof plasterboard duct with metal framing with at least a 50mm air space between the metal face of the insulated flue and anything combustible. A access panel was installed in the duct for maintenance purposes. The flue casing temperature is too hot to touch with the palm of my hand for more than a second or two. My question is could I isolate say one metre of flue with fireproof insulation and, using an inline fan, blow forced air into the ducting around the flue and out again as a heat source for the bedrooms. I would take advice as to whether I used flexible 75mm aluminium wrapped tightly around the flue or just blow the air into space around the duct. Would the cooling effect on the gasses in the flue have any detrimental effect? Any advice or comments would be welcome. Photos can be provided

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