A neighbor has a woodburning fireplace in his basement. The fireplace is flush with the inside surface of the concrete foundation wall – the chimney runs outside of the foundation. There is no hearth or mantel.
He wants to cover it up for three reasons: He never uses it, it’s drafty in the winter, and he could use the wall space to put furniture against.
The basement walls have been previously furred out with 2x4s, insulated and sheetrocked. So the fireplace is exposed but inset about 4 inches from the surface of the drywall. He wants to create an insulated cover to fit this recess – sheetrock with rigid foam behind it – that will be flush with the drywall, but removable for access if ever neccessary.
Does this sound okay? Any serious safety concerns?