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We took out the fireplace. Here is the aftermath of the lowering a removal of the parts. Those are some really handy miniature chain hoists that I was able to borrow from work. They made the task fairly easy.
Fortunately, there were some little steel rings welded to the chimney and we just tied the hoists to those rings.
This is the welded steel base that sat on top of the stonework. It held the glass fireplace doors and glass panels, and the hood was sitting atop this structure.
This is the heat exchanger that was built into the hood. It was heavy and we had some difficulty getting it out of the hood.
So here is the base after the removal of all the upper parts. Quite a nice bit of rock work, we were hesitant about taking it out. But the install of the masonry heater, and the even heat it will provide has overshadowed the doubts. No more chances of chimney fires, either.
Before we started the demolition of the base, I hung some plastic sheeting in the shape of a small room surrounding the base.
From the living room.
And from above. Yes, it had a plastic ceiling....
All this sheeting followed out the front entry way, where a box fan stood blowing out the front door. This worked really well, as 99% (I'm guessing) went out the door.
The end of the first rough clean-up.
There's that nifty trailer again. I'm guessing we hauled out about three loads of stone, mortar, iron and tools and supplies. It works much nicer than a wheelbarrow.
Here's what it looks like right now. We're hoping to be able to fill in around the new heater in such a way as to be able to preserve all the small, epoxied stone on the floor.
Paul, Candice and kids were up a while back, before we tore out the fireplace. We settled on the size and shape of the new heater, and what we wanted the outside of it to look like. I didn't take many photos while there were here, but I got a few.
Peggy got a custom braiding job, and I must say it turned out quite nice.
Henry climbing on the stairs? Who would have thought....
We had a great visit and we hope to see them again soon.Well, that's about it for now, I have more stuff to post, but it will have to wait for a few day.
I gotta go, Carlo......