Me again, with the 1923 bungalow (you'll probably be seeing a few posts from
The fireplace in my house has been bricked up and actually the chimney was
lopped off at the roof line (there's no chimney in the attic or above).
Has anyone out there retrofitted one of these fireplaces (that originally
burned coal) to wood-burning or gas log burning fireplace. I know there's
be extra cost to put the chimney back in, but really would love a working
Wood burning fireplaces and coal fireplaces traditionally had
different designs. That is, the firebox itself would be constructed
using different plans/designs if the fireplace was to burn wood vs.
coal. It would probably be easiest to convert it to a gas log. You
might be able to install a wood burning stove and use the fireplace
and/or mantel as a "mounting platform.
If you want the chimney rebuilt, you will need a qualified mason to
redo it. You could use a stainless steel chimney if appearance is
not an issue for a lot less money. Start by calling some masons in
your area and see what they think of rebuilding the chimney. If you
get three masons to come over, at least one will know enough about
firebox design to help you with that issue. Get some prices, go
Along this same line, I have two back to back corner fireplaces in my 130 year
old Victorian. It would appear that they were originally coal fireplaces
based on the size of the fireboxes. A recent inspection of the chimneys
by a chimney sweep told us that we should not be burning anything in the
fireplaces until we get the chimneys lined. Any thoughts on a good way to
solve this problem? I've seen ads in This Old House for stainless steel
inserts and "pumped" in concrete. Is this the only way to solve the problem?
Thanks in advance,
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