Was hoping I can get some help on a metal box heatilator. I have a late 1970's home with a Masonry chimney in the basement of a bi-level. I plan on remodeling the basement and eventually using something like natural stone veneer overtop of the brick or something. Problem is I don't know if I will be here for 5 years or 25 years with a family, but I want future flexibility. I was thinking if I cut this thing out, I can have a mason build a firepit and can decide if I (or another homeowner) want to burn as is, add an insert, whatever they/I want to do. Am I crazy for wanting this thing removed, or is the better route just having the top cut for a straight shot on new piping for an insert or freestanding (I do have a ledge before it). Thanks.