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160 year old fireplace

Posted by joedauphin (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 12, 07 at 9:41

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.


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RE: 160 year old fireplace

It's quite likely that you can install a wood fireplace insert on the second floor and a metal chimney to replace the missing flue. This could then be bricked in or boxed in to suit your taste.

Find several good fireplace shops to advise you on this project and shop among the suitable models for one that will work well for you. Make sure you have a competent installer do the work for you.


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RE: 160 year old fireplace

Thank you for the reply, but I did talk to 3 different fireplace shops in my area and no one makes an insert big enough. Again they seem to just want to sell me a wood burning stove to put in the big opening and run a metel flue up and out.

The metel flue pipe up and out I like but I want to use the whole fireplace.


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