I recently removed the old unused wood stove in my basement. I now want to properly condemn the chimney.

I found this question which answers what to do with the chimney outside, but I am still unsure about this hole in my basement.

Overview to give a size referenceClose up of the hole in the wall

Behind the gray brick wall is the concrete wall of my basement. (The brick wall will be removed when I get to remodeling the basement). My first idea was to simply brick and mortar the hole, but is it a good way to do this? And should I remove the cast iron ring?

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Assuming the flue is not shared by any other devices of combustion on the first floor or above, you can use anything temporarily to block the draft and keep vermin out. you can use some mortar with a metal backing plate. Cut a piece of sheet metal in a rectangular shape slightly narrower than the hole diameter and a few inches taller than the hole. Put a long skinny bolt in the center to use as a handle. Insert the metal and move it until it is flush against the back blocking the hole. You can then put a scrap of wood with a hole drilled in the center over the bolt and use a nut to secure the metal plate against the back of the hole in the flue. This will stop your mortar from falling down into the flue and allow you to fill the void completely. To make it look OK until you renovate, cover the repair with a thimble cover. There is no need to remove the flue adapter ring.

  • The flue is not shared. So if I understand correctly, when completed there will be a metal back-plate in the chimney and a bolt sticking out the mortar in the basement that will be covered by the future renovations. Did I get this right?
    – Danny T.
    Nov 19, 2012 at 15:42
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    yes and no. After the mortar has dried, remove the washer, nut and front supports and cut off the bolt flush with the mortar. you will then have a solid patch ready to cover with a thimble or whatever you like. Nov 19, 2012 at 22:16

Use expanding foam. You can paint it as it's not very pretty.

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