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ventless gas fireplace

This looks terrible! I want a fireplace but this just looks wrong to me. It goes all the way to the ceiling which is 2 stories. Can it be removed leaving just the fireplace and mantle? Does anyone know the reason for this non functional chimney? It does not extend into the attic or exterior of the home.

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    Why do you think it's non-functional? Have you looked up in there to confirm that your fireplace has absolutely no means to be vented? – Jimmy Fix-it Sep 28 '16 at 4:33
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    Can what be removed? The walls around the chimney? Is the fireplace wood, gas, or electric? Is there a vent on the side of the house? – mmathis Sep 28 '16 at 13:26
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    @Jess A lot of CO detectors are also smoke detectors. It's a little surprising that they would use CO for all of them, but you may want to verify exactly what those are - smoke detectors are an easy part of fire safety! (separate issue / question though!) – mmathis Sep 28 '16 at 13:28
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    If it is not vented (it should be) you need CO monitors. Many contractors put in Faux chimneys to make the fireplace look real. If I remember correctly the space above the unit requires 32-40" or the ones I installed many years ago required that much space above. whatever is done you really need a vent for your health and that of your family. – Ed Beal Sep 28 '16 at 13:50
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    Well... you might want to do some exploratory work to make sure there isn't some exhaust vent that "sneaks" under the second-floor subfloor to an output on some back wall or the like. Only an all-electric has nothing to vent and nothing to worry about (other than electrical overheats) – Carl Witthoft Sep 28 '16 at 14:29

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