Chimney No-More

It was another productive weekend at the Twin Cities Farmhouse!  On Saturday, my father came up to help with whatever he could.  We’re in a strange place right in that we just have a small amount of tear-out left to do, but it’s all kind of tedious work before we can get to the “fun” stuff (don’t ask me what that is).  My dad volunteered to tackle one of those tasks: taking out one of the old defunct chimneys that was left in the wall upstairs.

Old chimney peeking out from behind the stud walls. This chimney would have been for a wood stove to heat the upstairs bedrooms.

This chimney has absolutely beautiful bricks, to the point that I almost considered leaving it in the bedroom after we took out the walls as sort of a focal point.  Sadly, the mortar was done very poorly so that idea was immediately thrown out the window.

chimney close-up

However, Paul got the great idea that we can still use the bricks, perhaps by using them for a garden path in the yard.  Do you love it? I do!

Anyway, the only way to deconstruct a chimney is to do it brick-by-brick, so that’s exactly what my father did.

Goodbye chimney!

chimney bricks

The bricks are indeed in quite good condition, although by the blackening we suspect that may have been a creosote fire at some point.  After the chimney was sealed off, we think someone was using it as a hiding spot–our main evidence being the beer cans and porn stuffed into it.  (!)  I think they will look beautiful when they are reinstalled as a path in the backyard.  Considering it took the whole afternoon, I can’t thank my dad enough for getting this done!  The bedroom area is just inches from having tear-out completed–thank goodness.

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About Leigh

Born and raised in Rochester, MN, Leigh moved to the Twin Cities in 2004 for college. She stayed, and now works for a south metro city in the recycling department. In February of 2011, she and Paul bought a neglected farm house in the city to start our own urban hobby farm.

Posted on March 29, 2011, in History, House, Renovation, Reuse and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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