Devil5052 wrote:it appears that most one portion of the bottom block was cut out for the clean out door. The only thing that appeared left of it was the sides & the side against the house......In other words just 3/4 of the block left. Doesn't that support the weight of the whole chimney above it? Will what's left of that bottom block be strong enough to support all that weight? (of course, it has for the last 26 years!)
Then again, how difficult is it to build a nice straight brick wall? How hard would it be for a fairly handy novice to bricklaying to build the surround in the above pic?