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Old 06-22-2013, 08:18 AM   #16
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your lucky. i have to take down my brick chimney, it goes through the middle of the house. i have to break the bricks loose and 'throw' them. you can just drop them. i am then going to replace it with a metal chimney. all diy.


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Old 06-22-2013, 08:45 AM   #17
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Make it a B vent chimney if you only have a gas furnace and water heater.
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:28 PM   #18
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If you have a GAS furnace what do you need a brick chimney for now anyway? Most if not all newer gas furnaces seem to have forced exhaust and intake and sealed combustion chambers, you should be able to just run a round flu pipe out. At work when they replaced the furnaces 7-8 years ago with 92% efficiency ones, the installers used 3 or 4" PVC pipe for the flu on them, out the wall and with a cap.

$2000 to replace a brick chimney doesn't sound expensive to me, it's a lot of work, don't make the mistake of going with CHEAP materials anyway! you WILL regret it when you have to redo it in a few years when it fails!
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:56 PM   #19
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Eliminating the chimney also eliminates flashing, leaks, etc. around a chimney penetrating the roofing. Patching the old holes may even cheaper than fitting the new flash around a and sealing. A new furnace will probably save on heating costs, with amount depending on the efficiency of the existing furnace.



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