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  1. #1
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    Question fireplace in basement?

    I recently bought a renovated house built in 1912. There is a fireplace mantel in the basement right under the fireplace on the first floor. Would houses built around that time ever have functioning fireplaces in the basement? The basement is mostly unfinished, so it's unlikely one have been added later...

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    Default Re: fireplace in basement?

    My sister added a free standing stove to her 1950's home. They used it for years to heat the entire house as the basement was full size and the heat rose through the floors nicely.

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    Default Re: fireplace in basement?

    I wouldn't be surprised if there was a fireplace there in the basement. It may have been bricked over when the fireplace was deemed unusable, or possibly to improve energy efficiency. It also could have been bricked over when a freestanding stove was installed, in which case there may be an opening into the flue above the mantle.
    The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.

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    Default Re: fireplace in basement?

    In large turn of the century homes it was common to have a laundry and drying room in the basement.

    Jack
    Be sure you live your life, because you are a long time dead.-Scottish Proverb

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    Default Re: fireplace in basement?

    It may have been bricked over when the fireplace was deemed unusable, or possibly to improve energy efficiency.

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