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1950's incinerator, can it be removed?

Posted by detroit_burb (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 17, 14 at 0:27

This ugly monster is built into the basement wall. it vents out into the planter boxes on the front of my home. The vent has since been filled with concrete.

I opened the top door and it was filled with burn stuff, likely many years old. There were rags in there, scorched, and soot, which I tried my best to vacuum out. There was an intact baby diaper pin, and some wads of tin foil, some shards of what looks like brick, but could be creosote, the rest was soot. After doing my best cleaning it, there appears to be a grate on the "floor" of this top door. The bottom door was filled with soot, I began to shovel it out, and it seems there is dirt below it, no bottom.

It is a rusting cast iron eyesore, it is disgusting, I find it creepy.

I want to get rid of it. Any advice.


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RE: 1950's incinerator, can it be removed?

Sure. Just take it out.

We had one where I grew up. Installed about 1940. Sold house in 1989. Had to remove it to meet code. Too bad. No sweat. It worked good. Looked good. Hated to see it go. :-)


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RE: 1950's incinerator, can it be removed?

"Had to remove it to meet code."

Assuming it had "met code" when it was installed, why did you have to bring it up to current "code?"

Just asking, no hassle.


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RE: 1950's incinerator, can it be removed?

Well that is how I remember it.

Not sure exactly why anymore. An inspector went thru and I had to do lots of things. I wasn't in a position to argue and didn't. Not one word! If he said remove it I removed it. Tho it vented thru the chimney by '89 burning trash may have become illegal. Maybe he just didn't like it. Dunno.

I had been away 30 years. Lots must have changed. At the time of installation (circa WW2) you could burn your papers etc in a barrel in the back yard. Burn your leaves in the street. Too much bacon grease in your pan? A quick trip to the alley and pour some out fixt it. So there probly wasn't any code at that time. Seems like the world hung a bit looser then.


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RE: 1950's incinerator, can it be removed?

The reason for my question is that generally you do not need to bring items up to CURRENT code at time of sale unless you have at some point opened or modified an item. Clearly there are exceptions - where I live in order to transfer title to a residence ther must be fire/smoke detectors installed. (New construction requires powered units.)

I remember as a boy my Dad burning leaves in the gutter, and waste in the back yard. Heating the house with coal was also common in NYC. I do not remember anyone having an indoor incinerator in a home...

Thanks for the reply.


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RE: 1950's incinerator, can it be removed?

Maybe because the vents were sealed and it would be a hazard if anyone tried to use it and you wouldn't be able to get a C of O from the Fire Marshall?Just a guess.


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RE: 1950's incinerator, can it be removed?

how do I take it out? There was another incinerator unit in addition to this one, that vented above it through the chimney which was taken apart and taken away by a scrap guy.


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RE: 1950's incinerator, can it be removed?

"Maybe because the vents were sealed and it would be a hazard if anyone tried to use it and you wouldn't be able to get a C of O from the Fire Marshall?Just a guess."

Which would mean it had been opened or modified as I said in the post before yours.


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