I need more height to install a gas f/p so I was thinking of removing the
top 2 rows of bricks where they jut out in the center. The current height is
20" but I need about 24" for the vent pipe to connect inside the chimney.
Other possibilities include drilling a hole thru the f/p but this would not
look good if the gas f/p was ever removed.
My question is: How can I remove the 2 rows safely? The iron bar would have
to come out which could cause the bricks to collapse. Will there be similar
bricks behind the ones I remove?
angle showing jut out
iron bar under the bricks
<< thinking of removing the top 2 rows of bricks >>
No way would most people, including me, ever mess with a decent fireplace. IMO,
your best recourse is to make the appliance fit the space instead of hacking up
the space to fit the appliance. A well drawing fireplace is likely to be
severely compromised by changing the opening relative to the flue. HTH
Ok if you are talking about an insert it takes 2 stretchable tubes going up
the chimney. You first need to check to see whether they will fit. If they
will fit then you will need a mason to cut the opening with a diamond blade.
It is a bitch and will make a mess. You also have to hope that the front
doesn't collapse before he installs a new lentil though there are ways to
prevent that. Do not underestimate the dust to be made by cutting the
opening and the expertise it takes. There are some companies that
specialize in doing that for adding doors and windows but they are more into
absolute straight lines, level and plum. What you want is cutting to a full
brick. Look for a mason in the phone book who speciailizes in repairs.
Future resident(s) may want to. Meanwhile, removing support for front
of firebox is potentially stupid and dangerous. Masonry is dense,
needing support- lots of it. Maybe crashing down while you're
chiseling away. If not, what're you going to do to support it
afterward- hang some steel from the bricks? And hope it doesn't crash
down onto the gas unit? You really should find another option
(direct-vent, maybe?) or have a competent pro look at things.
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