I hope this is the appropriate place for this question!
I'm interested in installing a vented gas Fireplace in my home (built 1891).
While the original brick fireplace 'box' or frame is still in place, the opening/face has been plastered over and the exhaust for my nat. gas furnace (perhaps 8' diameter?) was installed in the chimney out to the roof many years back.
I hope to tear out several coats of plaster/plywood and place a gas fireplace insert in the old fireplace. Assuming I do find enough room back there for both a modern FP insert as well as the furnace exhaust, would it be safe/practical to:
1. Have a professional draw a gas supply line from the basement to a new fireplace insert AND
2. Conect the insert's exhuast to the existing furnace exhaust that leads up to the roof?
I've already rescued a great mantle piece from a home in the neighborhood and have started stripping generations of paint from it!! I'd hate to see it wasted! Plus it's bloody cold this winter!
Thanks a lot,