OK, I know I’ll get flamed for this, but I want to tear down my chimney and keep the two fireplaces. I’ll put non-venting gas inserts into the fireplaces. The reason is that the chimney blocks views from my rear windows on two floors of the house and takes up a lot of space on my small deck. What I want to know is if anyone has done this and has any lessons learned before I get started. I can access the chimney from my finished attic roof windows and my plan is to get a hammer and chisel and start hacking away. The house is traditional wood frame with brick fireplaces and chimney.
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