opening up closed fireplace - how?
We recently moved into c. 1910 house, where it appears the living room once had a fireplace, probably coal-burning. Sadly, it's been bricked up.
I'd REALLY like to open it up again and have a fire. Wood would be best, but as there's not enough clearance between our house and the house next door, it looks like we'll have to go with gas. Better than nothing, I say.
The problem is that it looks like the chimney is being used by the furnace, and there is only the one flue. Not sure what our options are. Can we vent outside (there is ~ 18" in-between the two houses, and there is a common walkway to the back gardens that is shared by us and the neighbor -- but maybe we can vent high above ground)??
Or is it possible / desirable to put another flue in the chimney.
Anyone faced this issue and/or have suggestions?
Thanks in advance ...