from: Sharon Thompson
to: Jim Buckley
date: Tue, Mar 23, 2010
subject: You are
You are the best, Jim Buckley.
I'll go back to my fireplace mavin with your perspectives & then come back to your co. to order.
Thank you so much.
On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 1:46 PM, Jim Buckley
I'm not at all sure that your fireplace and oven are as old as your 1790 house. The firebox has a sloping fireback like a modern fireplace, the hearth is laid in a running bond whereas most 18th century fireplace hearths were laid in concentric boarders, the crane is upside down and it looks as if it once had a modern-style damper. It certainly is well-built and in good condition but it looks to me as if it could have been built or re-built sometime in the first half of the 20th century.
Anyway, I would repair and use it as is. You like it and it looks to be in serviceable condition. You originally asked about a damper. And the picture up the throat looks as if it one had a 20th century damper in it at one time - a damper like the Vestal damper. Such a damper would be difficult to re-install and it may have originally been installed too low, causing the fireplace to smoke which is why it was taken out. So I would install a chimney-top damper.
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