We removed the chimney to create space for a bigger pantry closet and a chase for heat ducts to the upstairs. This was possible to do, because our new furnace and tankless water heater duct directly out the side of the house, making the chimney obsolete. Our friend James pitched in once again to help take us take it down. He worked like crazy with the cold chisel and sledgehammer, while Julio carted the bricks out to the backyard. They were able to get the whole thing down in only 2 hours. The old mortar helped a lot, as there wasn’t much holding the bricks together.