Need some options
Due to high gas prices, I would like to take advantage of the wood supply I have access to. The problem is the fireplace I have is a 1977 Firebox with only a double layered flue, going up inside of a wooden chimney. I was thinking about an insert, but I am getting conflicting information on whether or not that would be safe without ripping the whole thing apart to look. The other thing I am considering is an external wood stove that I could drill and pipe halfway into the side of the chimney, in the interior of the house. I would extend the fireplace platform out and set it on it, after bricking and drywalling over the existing opening. I am assuming the heat would be mostly dissipated by the time it reaches the chimney. I would like to ask for confirmation on any of these ideas. If someone is in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina and does this sort of thing, please let me know.