Chimney & Fireplaces/Vent above firebox

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I just purchased this home and I am confused about this vent above the firebox.  Ultimately I would like to put some sort of mantle on the fireplace.  Would I be able to remove this vent?  What is it for?

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Hello Sue, not sure what that is with out seeing it, I would have a local Certified Chimney Sweep www.csia.org, (there you can look up by zip code to find one near you) take a first hand look at what you have, they should be able to help.
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James

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James Ball

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I am a chimney sweep with over 22 years of experience, CSIA certified and member of the NCSG, I can answer questions about smoky fire places, wood stoves, and heating units (boiler and furnace chimneys) do you need a relining? A cap? And much more

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