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Enlarging a Fireplace Opening

Posted by thefuzzbucket (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 4, 07 at 19:09

I need to enlarge my fireplace opening because I want to install a fire burning insert. My opening is about 3" short on the height. The place where I want to buy the insert claims I cannot open it because of the steel angle iron supporting all the brick work. They claim if I remove the angle iron, the bricks will crumble. I thought it was possible to remove the angle iron, cut the brick and reinstall it.

Does anyone have any experience to say otherwise?

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RE: Enlarging a Fireplace Opening

I'd think it would depend on how well the mortar is holding the brick, and how you re-install the angle iron.

Is it possible you could remove some of the mortar and add a new piece of steel support before removing the original iron and brick?

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