Should I be coming down with the flue?
November 11, 2011 10:04 PM Subscribe
Our new apartment (in Oakland, CA, if that matters) has a functional fireplace. Yay! Every other fireplace I've ever been around had a chain or handle of some kind to pull to open the flue. There's nothing of the sort here. Boo! Is this some kind of strange California fireplace without a flue? How can I tell?
posted by mostlymartha to home & garden (22 answers total)
The building seems to be from the 20s or 30s. There is an opening covered with a little hinged door in the floor of the fireplace that I've been assuming was, at one point, intended for sweeping ashes down into the basement. What the what is going on here?