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We are removing a 46 year old brick fireplace that has a wall of brick attached to each side of fireplace. The chimney has been removed from roof so fireplace is unusable. It is not a load bearing wall.

Is it possible to salvage the brick to donate or use again?

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    Maybe even sell it. As long as it is solid it should be reusable.
    – crip659
    Oct 1, 2023 at 16:23
  • They are known to be good, having survived many "trials by fire".
    – dandavis
    Oct 1, 2023 at 23:24

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Absolutely!

We recently had an addition put on our house. As part of the process, the contractor removed the portion of the chimney that extended through the roof. We had him carefully remove the bricks, breaking as few as possible. We're going to reuse the bricks (cutting them in half because we don't have enough) to use as a veneer on the concrete block foundation wall of the new structure so that it'll match the brick foundation of the rest of the house.

You could use the bricks in a structural wall, as a veneer, as a walkway, or sell or give them away for others to do the same, as well. If you use them yourself, you'll want to chip off as much of the old mortar as possible so that you've got nice even bricks to work with again. If you get a little aggressive and accidentally remove some brick with the mortar, just put that side in so that it doesn't show.

It wouldn't even matter if the bricks were used in a structural wall, as that won't make any difference to the brick one way or another. The only limit to their ability to be reused is whether they're broken, damaged or smoke damaged. Even if they're smoke damaged, that's probably only on one side and the other side will be just fine.

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    At one time or another there was and perhaps still is a big demand for used brick to be used in home construction.
    – Jack
    Oct 1, 2023 at 18:55
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    @Jack - The UK housebuilding industry prides itself on the reuse of materials taken from demolished properties. One firm I saw said they want to aim to use at least 30%(!) of the existing materials from a demolished house in the structure of the new house, whether that's brick, fill for foundations, wood, etc
    – Valorum
    Oct 2, 2023 at 10:34

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