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Question DetailsAsked on 9/8/2013

What's the most efficient way to deal with rusted out internals in a masonry fireplace in a 1937 house?

There have been cracks in the sealant at the top of the fireplace, allowing water to come down the chimney for well over 10 years. Now the ash door in the firebox as well as the ashdoor downstairs in the basement are pretty much rusted away. I like wood fires and would like to just get the chimney sealed and get the metal replaced. (I think I need a liner in the chimney too.) The chimney sweep who inspected the chimney is strongly suggesting that I just get a wood stove insert. The house was built in 1937 and while it's not critical to maintain the integrity of the period, I want to at least keep the styling consistent. Who would I go to for the custom metal repairs? What about lining the chimney?

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IF you don't like the insert idea (which is much more efficient because with outside direct air feed it does not suck heated air out of your house for the combustion air, so instead of a net loss of heat in the house when having a fire, you will actually add a lot of heat to the house interior.

For replacement of the ash chute parts and doors, as well as your other fireplace repairs, you need an old-time brick chimney mason. If he cannot get door replacements (which I consider unlikely - there are a LOT of sizes and out there - google this search phrase - fireplace ash chute cost), he can get them made or just replace the entire ash chute unit, doors and all. Not as tough as it looks.

The doors themselves are about $20-40 each so not a major cost; the sheet metal chute, if replacement is needed, is about $200 purchase cost with doors included. Installation usually $100 for the doors or about $150-250 for the entire unit, assuming you have the headroom to install it.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


Hello, It sounds like your Chimney Professional did not do his or her job, They left you with questions ?

Having said that, Your chimney has been exposed to the elements for over 76 years !

The structural integrity has been compromised, Not just the metal parts, But I'm sure the brick and mortar joints have serious deterioration issues as well.

I certainly would recommend another Chimney Inspection, A Professional Sweep will not only be able to explain the problem areas, But correct them as well.

Good Luck,



Answered 7 years ago by Singingsweep

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