I'm looking at buying an old house (200 years old) with a center chimney.
In the granite block basement, the chimney is built on top of a stack of
granite blocks. My first reaction is that the whole thing is rediculous, and
that no way is this adequate. After asking around, seems this is not
uncommon in old houses. It's been fine for 200 years right?
Anyone see this before? The chimney looks to be sound, and the home
inspector thinks it is fine. Could this have any advantages, other than
saving costs on bricks when granite was cheap and plentiful?
See picture here:
Thanks for any input.