Removing exterior of fireplace/chimney

skyline87March 4, 2009

Hi Guys,

I would like to completely remove the exterior portion of my masonry fireplace due to the chimney failing and settling cracks at the base of the exterior portion of fireplace. The interior looks fine and I would like to keep that in tact. I would then like to have a gas top vent insert installed and frame out and side the exterior the same as the existing fireplace profile. Is this a crazy idea? What does that do to the structural integrity of the interior portion of the fireplace?

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I think it would be very hard or impossible to answer your question in the abstract. You really need a chimney expert on site to look over your particular set-up and make recommendations. Having said that, I will contradict myself in part by suggesting that you pose your question to the forum in the website named HEARTH.COM. A fireplace aficionado on that forum might give you an opinion on what is likely to be realistic in your case. But in my limited experience in alterations of different kinds, even in relatively young houses, when you start to take something apart to plan to do this or that, you often find surprises, usually not good ones. That's when you find out that what you want to do will cost a lot more than you planned.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2009 at 11:09AM
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