removal of fireplace damper to install stove pipe for insert?
I have a used HP40 Earthstove that I am atempting to install in my fireplace. The stovepipe is abt 4.5" in diameter, and will not fit past the damper in the fireplace.
How can I remove the damper? There would then be enough clearance to run the stove pipe, I think.
Do I just cut it out? If I did, could a replacement damper be put in later if desired?
Help! I'm freezing, and need to get this stove going!
Am low income, have skills, time, but no money to install.