converting single sided to double sided fireplace

amylvilleNovember 17, 2008

I live in a 1920s bungalow that has a large wood burning fireplace. I would like to convert it to a 2 sided fireplace. Any ideas on if this is possible and if so, how involved/costly of a job is it? Thanks in advance for your input

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fandlil

Almost anything is possible, with the right tools and design ingenuity. But I would not do it, no matter how much I want the fireplace on the other side. It's risky because the way the chimney is shaped is to ensure an updraft when you light a fire. If you break through a wall to make is 2-sided, you alter the shape, probably in unpredictable ways, and you may not get as good a fire as you have now. It would also be a very messy and expensive alteration. You are likely to end up with an entirely different fireplace from the one you have now, not a nice old fireplace that's now 2-sided.

But I'm just a layman. What do I know? You might want to pose your question in the chat room at hearth.com. The people there live, sleep, and breath fireplaces.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2008 at 9:00PM
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amylville

thanks for the info

    Bookmark   November 28, 2008 at 5:28PM
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