Help! Browning/Bonding Adhesive used on stone hearth around log burner??

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Hello. I’m hoping for some advice please?. We live on an old cottage built around 1890 and had a log burner installed 2 years ago now, plastered around it with brick slips used. All was ok for a while but then the walls began to expand towards the stove and the plaster crack and crumble off, lifting the brick slips along the way. It looks a real mess. See photos.
I asked a experienced plasterer to have a look after doing some other work for us and he said they had used browning/bonding adhesive instead of a sand & cement tender with lime to make it durable.
I approached the company and after 2 visits are saying they believe it to be rising damp and they have done nothing wrong. We don’t believe it to be rising damp and it doesn’t show any typical signs linked to rising damp.
I just want to know what any professional tradesmen on here think. I’m not sure where to go with this. Thank you for any advice.
 

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Hello. I’m hoping for some advice please?. We live on an old cottage built around 1890 and had a log burner installed 2 years ago now, plastered around it with brick slips used. All was ok for a while but then the walls began to expand towards the stove and the plaster crack and crumble off, lifting the brick slips along the way. It looks a real mess. See photos.
I asked a experienced plasterer to have a look after doing some other work for us and he said they had used browning/bonding adhesive instead of a sand & cement tender with lime to make it durable.
I approached the company and after 2 visits are saying they believe it to be rising damp and they have done nothing wrong. We don’t believe it to be rising damp and it doesn’t show any typical signs linked to rising damp.
I just want to know what any professional tradesmen on here think. I’m not sure where to go with this. Thank you for any advice.

Did they fit the brick slips over the old plaster then?
 
Hello. I’m hoping for some advice please?. We live on an old cottage built around 1890 and had a log burner installed 2 years ago now, plastered around it with brick slips used. All was ok for a while but then the walls began to expand towards the stove and the plaster crack and crumble off, lifting the brick slips along the way. It looks a real mess. See photos.
I asked a experienced plasterer to have a look after doing some other work for us and he said they had used browning/bonding adhesive instead of a sand & cement tender with lime to make it durable.
I approached the company and after 2 visits are saying they believe it to be rising damp and they have done nothing wrong. We don’t believe it to be rising damp and it doesn’t show any typical signs linked to rising damp.
I just want to know what any professional tradesmen on here think. I’m not sure where to go with this. Thank you for any advice.
Won't be the only issue but there is rising damp
 
Hello. I’m hoping for some advice please?. We live on an old cottage built around 1890 and had a log burner installed 2 years ago now, plastered around it with brick slips used. All was ok for a while but then the walls began to expand towards the stove and the plaster crack and crumble off, lifting the brick slips along the way. It looks a real mess. See photos.
I asked a experienced plasterer to have a look after doing some other work for us and he said they had used browning/bonding adhesive instead of a sand & cement tender with lime to make it durable.
I approached the company and after 2 visits are saying they believe it to be rising damp and they have done nothing wrong. We don’t believe it to be rising damp and it doesn’t show any typical signs linked to rising damp.
I just want to know what any professional tradesmen on here think. I’m not sure where to go with this. Thank you for any advice.
That fire is to close to wall for a start don't even think it's legal for house insurance
 
Your plasterer is correct. I presume you went to a HETAS installer and have got it certified? - refer it to HETAS, and also ref British Gypsum website - clearly states plaster has a low temperature resistance and should not be used in fireplaces etc.
Whilst I don't like to disagree with Hobo, I fit 'em and the space is fine, but, as Malc says, the slips should have been put on with ceramic floor tile adhesive. I don't think rising damp would make any difference if the chamber and the face wall was correctly rendered, as it dry's out thru the render.
 
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