How do I remove without damaging the mantle?

Jodi Miller
by Jodi Miller
I love the wood and stone look, but as I am going to be adding on due to me being disabled now, the fireplace, which is inoperable, needs to be removed. What is the best way to go about taking it down without damaging the stone or wood?
  6 answers
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 22, 2018

    Could try using a Coal chisel or bolster and a hammer to remove the stone (No guarantees about damage, be careful) Start by taking off the wood Mantel (Try to leaver it off from both sides). Get some help to do it...............

  • Shanista Borror-Morales Shanista Borror-Morales on May 22, 2018

    Hi Jodi. It’ll obviously depend on how it was hung. I found this site and think it’ll be a good start for you! Hope it helps.

  • Linda Linda on May 22, 2018

    Hard to say without knowing how attached. A link to get you started is attached. You can google and youtube how to demo a brick fireplace. Good luck

  • Emily Emily on May 22, 2018

    Do you mean you must remove the fireplace because of, you need the space for something else? You need to take the chimney down? If you are concerned with maintaining the integrity of the mantelpiece that should be easy to do by a careful carpenter. I don't know about the stones, they may suffer some damage because they are cemented to each other. Good luck Jodi! Too bad as a fireplace is generally a selling point to future buyers!

    • Jodi Miller Jodi Miller on May 22, 2018

      When I do the addition that outer wall is being removed. Wanting to have regular walls, not a wedge like it is now. I have a pellet stove and will be placing the mantle and stones on the wall behind the pellet stove. The pellet stove has a pipe that will go straight out the wall behind it like it does currently.The chimney will be removed too.

  • Teacup8885 Teacup8885 on May 22, 2018

    You want to remove chimney? Whats on the otherside? Is it the out doors or a room? If it's a room, cut open wall remove chimney from there re insulate drywall n paint if it the great out doors, I'd leave it or hire a professional.

    What if you just insulate it n block it off, maybey put a house plant in bottom then!?

    • Jodi Miller Jodi Miller on May 22, 2018

      The one side of the fireplace is the wall that is being removed for the addition. It would be in the middle of the room if it wasn't removed. Right now it is blocked off, but as I am having to use a walker now, space is needed for safety and accessibility reasons.

  • Emily Emily on May 22, 2018

    Oh, o.k. Jodi, I understand. The mantelpiece should be just fine, if someone removes it carefully. I know someone who uses a pellet stove in her fireplace and she loves it!