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i am a chimney sweep and have seen quite a few of these still in operation some burning coal like intended some wood. they can be safe if there are no cracks but definatly not eficient. but they are still legal to use i am sure you could put in a wood stove but a modern woodstove will almost definatly need a liner installed to work properly
That's looking on the bright side like a dyed-in-the-wool old-house owner!crazyboomfish wrote:The foundation on this house is one of the topics I will probably also ask about as it is crumbling (river silt does not equal sand when trying to build basement walls) so there is a good chance we will be able to get down there with some heavy duty equipment to remove it.