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  1. #1
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    Heatilator Help Please

    Hello guys, new homeowner here! Rented a dumpster and completely gutted the basement to studs (had paneling). I've since hung drywall and have a pretty large brick fireplace (half underground) with of course non other than a heatilator (1978 house built). I am writing this post because I am going to go all out on my basement and since I started from studs, I want to do everything correctly. This includes removing this heatilator (unless someone tells me not to but it seems the right thing to do is remove). My plan is using natural stone ledger panels over the brick but I really don't want to do anything until I get this heatilator situation figured out.

    Right now I don't burn from it and it looks fairly decent compared to others but still a bit rusted. I don't plan on burning from it either anytime soon as well (I have a free standing stove in my sunroom). I basically just want to future proof everything IN case down the rode I can have options whether I want to do a gas insert/wood insert,ect. And from reading about others it seems part of future proofing anything related to this fireplace would be removing this thing first. What would it cost in removing something like this? I live in NE Pennsylvania and it seems people I am calling have no interest in this or don't even know what I am talking about when asking if they can remove. Any have any contacts to someone around this area? Please help. Thanks.Name:  Fireplace (1024x768).jpg
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    You need to hire a pro to perform a level II inspection first. That will determine the suitability of the chimney even if you blow out the steelform fireplace and rebuild the firebox with masonry. There is a procedure on how to torch these things out but that often results in fires. I recommend removing enough bricks to pull the unit out. A pro can detail how this is done and do the work properly. Regardless the end result must comply with the codes if it is to be used. You can search for a Certified Chimney Sweep or check the PA Chimney Sweep Guild for a contractor near you.

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    I'm kinda lost now though. I called two people (1 from the PA Chimney Sweep Guild) and both basically told me I am nuts to want this thing ripped out. They told me to mason the vents shut if you don't plan on using it before I stone and an insert would be fine inside this firebox. Both said a job like this would cost around 5-10k to remove this thing and build a firebox. So I am basically back to square one wondering what to do. I asked for a level II inspection and they both were hesitant and wondering why if I didn't plan on using the fireplace. I do respect that both places were honest and didn't try and take money right away but I have no idea what to do now?

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