sounds very odd, do you have a pic?
The previous owners probably didn't remove any of the chimney. Most likely, it was installed that way when the house was built. They used them for their wood stoves.the previous occupants removed the bottom half of this chimney, about 7 foot off the bottom so the new bottom of the chimney is near the ceiling but this
aHA! ANOTHER case of that old "gravity reversing itself in small, specific areas" syndrome! heh hehWhen they were all taken out, there was no apparent structural support for them.
:thumbsup: great idea.DangerMouse -
if it were me, considering prices for heating fuels, i'd put a woodstove there.
or pellet/corn/wood combo unit maybe?