We have unblocked a fireplace which previously had a gas fire in.
We've only gone about 2 feet up and 3'2'' across. From the lines on
the wall the lintel arch seems to start at about 3'7''.
The trouble is inside the chimney at the point we've reached someone
seems to have bridged across the flue with a couple of bricks,
splitting it into 3. They have then blocked up the two outer holes
and put a flat piece of concrete halfway across the middle hole,
making a very small outlet for smoke. Does anyone know why they would
have done this? I would like to put either a stove or log basket into
The trouble is, looking up the inside of the chimney I can't see any
evidence of the lintel as I believe I can see on the outside. I
really don't want to chip the plaster off yet. Please tell me these
bricks inside the flue aren't some method of support!
Thanks for any help