This restoration was for a couple in Sevierville who have lived in this residence for over half a century. From what I remember this is a pre 1900 home. The homeowners were worried that one more strong storm would send these chimneys through their ceiling. I must admit... they were in awful shape. After the years of sun and water... the lime mortar had all but disintegrated.
Each brick was carefully removed and cleaned. With help from our handy dandy lift rental... this process was rather stress free (for the most part). The job went completely as planned and we even had some great views along with some of the best homemade pimento cheese.
Unforgettable Rumford Fireplace via. early spring 2017
This project will forever be a part of CCR.
The project began with the foundation being poured between and during storms. Luckily, I am not stranger to tent building. With cover and motivation we had the pump guys and concrete truck out of there in a hour.
This project was a bit tricky due to the fact that all material had to be carried to the back yard. Including those 500 lb beams for the deck. (Glad to help again Doug and Eric;)
After the base was up Jamey and I started on the firebox.
This fireplace is unlike most modern fireplaces. This is actually a Rumford style fireplace. This type of fireplace was common from the late 1700's to the 1850's. Thomas Jefferson actually has the at Monticello. The Rumford firebox is shallow, tall, and has slanted sides to help project heat. The throat section of the "system" is unique also. It is designed to limit the heat loss to smoke chamber and up the chimney flue.
The smoke chamber we ordered was a bit off angle. We made adjustments and carried on. We bricked up the chimney and installed sides and crown.
After everything on our end was finished Doug and Eric finished up the deck. I am proud of the fireplace... but I believe it accents the deck. What an amazing outdoor living area. I will take some recent photos asap. Thanks for reading about this project!!! Feel free to comment or ask any questions!!!!
PS. Thanks for everything Rusty and Melissa