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Dear Expert, I bought a house built in 1946 with a basement woodburning fireplace which has two vents on each side and a metal firebox instead of firebrick.  I had a chimney sweep inspect it a couple years ago and it checked OK. I had a basement water problem fixed a couple years ago.  The problem is the bottom 3-4 inches of the firebox is rusted off, it looks like previous repairs were adding mortar sloped up the sides of the box.  Can I chisel the old mortar out, add new metal then add new mortar to finish it off?  I really would like to keep it.  Thank you, Art.

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Hello Arthur, what you have is called a Heatolator, 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 and tell what condition it is in.
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James

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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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