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I am going to remove a chimney in a camp that is INSIDE the structure. Its regular modern chimney block that goes through the roof. I want to remove the blocks carefully to reuse.
( relay the chimney on the outside wall) Masonry is something I know very little about. Looking for advice on how to break the mortar joints without breaking the blocks. Also, if my idea is a lost cause, don't be afraid to say so, I just think if Im careful I can take it apart.
 

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That could be a tall order Joe. I removed and EXterior cement block and terracotta lined chimney years ago and the block came apart easily with a small electrc driven impact hammer. But the interior lining of teracotta was not horizontially joined at the same junctures as the cement block and since it is harder than the block (a fired material) it was dificault to break at the block mortar joints and sometimes the block simply cracked before the lining. My advise to you is to construct sopme sort of floor protection maybe made from discarded pallets around the base of the chimney, cover it with a tarp, and just start in from the top down, and seperte the block joints as you go. Depending on how your stack is made, just take your time, work on the block joints with a masons chissel and a good heavy headed hammer. You may need to have a helper to hand the blocks to as you disassemble the stack. One final thing - I found that sometimnes the blocks cam apart a group of 2 or 3 and this was a real PITA because of the added weight and instability.
 

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run a double lined chimney stack up the outside then lay the block for aesthetics
 

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Starting to sound like a stainless through the wall kit makes a lot of sense, looks like about $400.
I've taken a few chimneys down in my time, but with a winch or a sledge hammer, never tried to save one, LOL!
 
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