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    Default Anyone know what this is?

    It doesnt appear to be connected into the main fireplace anywhere, no holes, except that big one in the middle.

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    Default Re: Anyone know what this is?

    Not to any crawlspace I'm guessing or you would have crawled down into it right?


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    Default Re: Anyone know what this is?

    Marc,

    Where were you standing, in the attic looking down? In a basement looking down?

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    Default Re: Anyone know what this is?

    If I am looking at the picture right and you are looking down from the fire box then it is a ash pit they used them in coal fireplaces there are normally a clean out on the floor below I have a house that has 2 of these one on second with a cleanout on the main floor and the one on the main level has the clean out in the basement


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    Default Re: Anyone know what this is?

    Oops, I should have said where I was, sorry. I was in the attic looking down at the fireplace where the it comes thru the ceiling.


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    Default Re: Anyone know what this is?

    You may be looking at a "dummy" flue built to create some sort of aesthetic effect below the ceiling line in the structure's interior. It's not properly lined as would be a functional flue.

    In terms of thermal performance, this "hole" may be an enormorous energy leak if all that separates the conditioned space of the structure from the attice is a single wythe of brick. If that's the case, suggest plugging this "hole" with insulation.


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    Default Re: Anyone know what this is?

    Yea, interresting... I thought it was an after thought or mistake.


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    Default Re: Anyone know what this is?

    You guys are so informative. I was going to say it was a hole in the floor.


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    Default Re: Anyone know what this is?

    Marc,
    It may also serve as a fresh-air intake into the FP??? Did you see an openings/vents on the insides of the firebox? Is that insulation that is down inside the opening? Hopefully not.

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