I purchased our home 2 years ago and it came with a Majestic Zero clearance fire place that is nothing but junk. The ink on the nameplate has burned off but numbers stamped into the namplate read 176629 032829. I recently installed a wood boiler to heat the radiators and domestic water but I want something to keep us warm during the fall and spring when the mornings/evenings are cold but the day is warm. So I have been researching a wood stove insert for my fireplace however, my fireplace is too small for anything! I was all set on getting the Avalon Pendleton but my fireplace does not meet the minimum requirements! I am pretty handy with masonry so I am thinking about ripping out the zero clearance junker and building my own fireplace out of brick or stone. The chimney is just a stainless pipe that travels up a 4ft X 4ft chase so my chimney is a masonry chimney. Can I just tear out the existing fireplace, building a masonry fireplace and then connect the existing stainless chimney pipe to it? Then I can install a fireplace insert into that. Ps - I cannot install a wood stove in this area although this would be the easiest solution - there must be a fireplace for various reasons.