Here is the situation. I want to remove a wood burning fireplace from my condominium. The condo is small and the fireplace takes up most of the living area. This is in a third floor top unit wood burner only (no gas avail) and is in Florida. I have no idea what the developer was thinking but I want to remove it to reclaim the space since it has never been used. The unit was built in 2006. I can remove everything inside but what do I do with the steel flue which goes through the roof? Can I just cap the bottom of the flue and drywall over it? Does it need to be removed completely? Does the roof need to be sealed on the outside? Will there ever be issues with moisture or condensation at the closed off flue within the ceiling? Any help would be appreciated.