Question about wood mantle on stone fireplace
I really can't say. There may be a number of methods of how the mantle was attached, including the possibility of it having long wooden tenons.....slid into holes between the stone front and secured.
If you are dead-set on it's removal, you may simple have to take it out, by cutting it down into pieces. That is how most "things" are demo'd and removed (cut into pieces).
There remains the likelyhood, that, as with removal of any home's original custom wood work, you will still need to do something to esthetically "fix" that location, where the mantle was secured, or where the entire mantle, itself, was mounted.
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