My project for the next couple days

PaulOinMA

Minister of Fire
Oct 20, 2018
673
MA
How old is the house?
 

Diabel

Minister of Fire
Jan 11, 2008
2,710
Ottawa, ON
I thought you were going to say “finally removing the BK from my house”.
btw i love my gas fireplace! Good luck with the project.
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
21,567
central pa
I thought you were going to say “finally removing the BK from my house”.
btw i love my gas fireplace! Good luck with the project.
This isn't my house
 

Ctwoodtick

Minister of Fire
Jun 5, 2015
1,268
Southeast CT
That must be interesting working on fireplaces/chimneys at are probably at least a couple hundred years old.
 

spudman99

Feeling the Heat
Jan 26, 2018
326
Yardley, PA
That must be harder work on your back, having to knell, sit or hunch to lay blocks, stand up to mix mortar or get supplies. I suppose you are doing this by yourself. Having a second hand makes a huge difference, but often times the job cost does not permit that luxury.
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
21,567
central pa
That must be harder work on your back, having to knell, sit or hunch to lay blocks, stand up to mix mortar or get supplies. I suppose you are doing this by yourself. Having a second hand makes a huge difference, but often times the job cost does not permit that luxury.
There is no kneeling or working on your back on this one. It is 5' tall. And I have a tender. It is cheaper for the customer for me to have one. But regardless this isn't cheap.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
82,965
South Puget Sound, WA
Looks like a wood lintel. Is there wood up in the chimney too?
 
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SpaceBus

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Nov 18, 2018
4,330
Downeast Maine
Looks like a wood lintel. Is there wood up in the chimney too?
I am amazed at how many chimneys were made with wood and mud, even in North America. With some of our free time we have been learning about Tudor and Victorian life, which involved a lot of house fires and CO poisoning.
 
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begreen

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I am amazed at how many chimneys were made with wood and mud, even in North America. With some of our free time we have been learning about Tudor and Victorian life, which involved a lot of house fires and CO poisoning.
Yes, many burned down after pyrolysis took its toll.
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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Looks like a wood lintel. Is there wood up in the chimney too?
Yeah a couple wood poles across they used to hang meat from to smoke. And beams go into the chimney but not through.
 

weatherguy

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Feb 20, 2009
5,749
Central Mass
That house looks like it was built prior to 1800, not too many up here that are pre revolutionary war but I run into them from time to time, that one may be.
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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central pa
That house looks like it was built prior to 1800, not too many up here that are pre revolutionary war but I run into them from time to time, that one may be.
Yes it probably was pre 1800. We have quite a few around like it. I am sure that was the original house one room downstairs and one low room upstairs. When the larger house was finished next to it that turned into the summer kitchen. That is a cooking fireplace never really used for heat.
 
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Ctwoodtick

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Jun 5, 2015
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Southeast CT
Yes it probably was pre 1800. We have quite a few around like it. I am sure that was the original house one room downstairs and one low room upstairs. When the larger house was finished next to it that turned into the summer kitchen. That is a cooking fireplace never really used for heat.
It’s cool knowing that what might look quaint and decorative to people now, was actually very practical for people on the past.
 
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bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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It’s cool knowing that what might look quaint and decorative to people now, was actually very practical for people on the past.
Well practical for the time because they had no option. There is a reason they pretty much all got abandoned as soon as cook stoves were available.
 

Ctwoodtick

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Jun 5, 2015
1,268
Southeast CT
Well practical for the time because they had no option. There is a reason they pretty much all got abandoned as soon as cook stoves were available.
I remember reading that the wood consumption in colonial days was obscenely high. Open fireplaces for heat and no real insulation. Must have been a really tough life.
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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I remember reading that the wood consumption in colonial days was obscenely high. Open fireplaces for heat and no real insulation. Must have been a really tough life.
Yeah the good old days were not that good in many ways.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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What is the rest of the house like?
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
21,567
central pa
What is the rest of the house like?
That part is a very basic log house. The main house is larger but still all log. The summer kitchen is currently completely gutted. It needed a new floor downstairs and a few bottom logs replaced. From outside it is hard to tell it is all covered with aluminum siding. It is a pretty typical old farmhouse for our area.
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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central pa
I will get some more pics tomorrow