I just took some measurements, even with a small freestanding, with the space needed in front for ember protection we’d be losing the entire corner of that room (it’s not real big), so I don’t think that’s a good option for us.This seems tight. Just checked FP30 and they need 30” to adjacent wall. Corner free standing into existing chase at a height that the bump out in the other room could be repurposed while still giving access to clean out T.
Demo is fast/cheap. Framing and finishing flat walls is faster than all the extra work to frame out a new chase. I just some are getting all you money back on this project when you sell. Do it because you want it for what what ever time you have left in the house. Or take a couple nice vacations.
Dang, looks like we are back to the alcove and freestanding...
You think most/all of the ZC are going to need around 30” to adjacent walls?