ash dump for air?
I have a large fireplace that I've used maybe twice since moving into my house 6 years ago. DW would like to start using it occaisionally, but really for 'fun', not for heat. In fact, we both think that it's probably going to make the house colder to use it.
I've replace the old rusted out ash dump door and I'm getting a chimney cap because the flue tile is crumbling around the top. The flue itself looks quite 'clean', like the fireplace has hardly been used in its 45 year lifetime. There are no doors on the front, just a semi-rusty pull chain screen.
Anyway, I'm wondering if it's feasible to use the ash dump as an outside air source. Am I asking for trouble? Is this likely to cause ashes to start flying around the room? Is there any real danger in hot cinders potentially falling down the hole?