Unsealed the fireplace
I finally unsealed my fireplace, or better to say, I unsealed the chimney because there is no fireplace. I'm disappointed but not surprised by what I found:
This house was built around 1900. It was possibly renovated in the 1960s and again in the 1990s. Is it possible the mantel and surround were added in the 1960s?
I assume that a coal heat stove sat in front and vented up through the hole. The hole cover comes off and there is what looks some soil in there - like ground soil.
What do people do when they want to make these things functional? Do they make attractive gas replicas similar to the heating unit that was there?
There is a crawl space below this room and the chimney goes up through the bedroom above and then to the outside. You can see where an electrical line was put through there and HVAC vertical ducting on the right.
This post was edited by graywings on Sun, Aug 17, 14 at 19:41