160 year old fireplace
I have a 160 year old fireplace in a house I am restoring for our own use and need help.
The opening is 5' wide x 4' high x 18" deep
The opening in the flue above the front is 12" x 5'
It is very narrow and wide.
The fireplace is on the first floor of the home and the bricks are in good shape.
All of the bricks were removed in the second floor and in the attic, also thru the roof to make more space in the house. The chimney was very big.
I would like to set up this fireplace to burn real wood with out a stove insert.
1. Can a insert be installed and be "boxed in: on the second two floors and thru the roof in such a big chimney and still work. Will it draft with such a shallow opening at the top?
2.If an insert will not work does anyone know who I should call to rebuild the chimney? The local stove and fireplace people just want to sell me a wood burning stove to put in the fireplace opening.
I live in Unionville Pa 19375 near Chadds Ford and Kennett Square PA.
Thank You for any help.