Getting rid of a chimney
I have a rather large chimney in my home running from the basement to the roof. The house was built in 1911 and at some point, there was a furnace that used heating oil as its fuel. Presently, there are two appliances that vent to the chimney: a hot water heater and a boiler (is it even legal to common vent both of these??).
I'm working on the plans for remodeling the first and second floors which will include gutting both common bathrooms. Currently the chimney runs through each bathroom and is adjacent to the toilets in each. Not only is it a skotch too close to both but its location and size presents some challenges to the designs for both baths.
The chimney is made of brick and some time not too long before we bought the house, the original owner had a new liner installed in it. I understand that to remove this monstrosity would be no small task but that aside, what are my options for replacing it? Could I install something else in its place albeit smaller (some sort of round sheet metal duct for instance)? Or, is there any means by which these two appliances could be power-vented laterally out the side walls of the house?
I'm assuming that this question is appropriate for this group. If not, let me know and I'll post it somewhere else.
Thanks in advance!
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