Our house was built in 1926. We don't use the fireplace, though the inspector when we purchased it said it could probably be used with minimal or no updating. A few years in we had a leak around the chimney and I had it reflashed. Problem solved. Then about 4 years ago I saw some spalling on the brick in the walk-up attic. I had the top of the chimney rebuilt and a new cap installed. Now there are some small leaks again and the (different) roofing company says the flashing on the new chimney top was done improperly. They can fix it, but for not much more they could remove the top of the chimney to below the roofline and roof right over it. I have half a mind to go that way and install an electric fireplace insert. The new furnace vents elsewhere, too, so the chimney might not be necessary. Anyone have any thoughts on this?