How to safely remove an old back boiler from fireplace

We recently moved into a property which had no gas central heating. A few weeks ago we had an entire central heating system fitted with a combi boiler etc. The gas engineer disconnected the old back boiler in the fireplace and removed cylinder and tank etc. I assume this now means the back boiler is safe to be removed as ideally I would like to put it a wood burner in the fireplace. My concern is that the back boiler looks very firmly built into the fireplace, is there a risk of the chimney collapsing if I try to remove it myself and are there any other risks involved I've failed to mention? If it's not a job I can do, who would I go about contacting to remove it? Many thanks in advance for any responses.

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J.Still property maintenance
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Hello, You can dismantle it easily enough with basic tools, there is probably some redundant copper pipes attached to the old unit, just cut with hacksaw, have a washing up bowl handy to collect any remaining water that may be in the pipes. The units are usually quite heavy. The most important thing is to be certain the electrical and gas connections have been isolated which should have been done by the installers of your new system.

good luck.

Jason
3rd Jul 2018
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M.W Heating & plumbing services
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As long as all pipe work has been disconnected and the gas supply capped the back boiler can be removed safely
With out no worry of having the chimney collapse as the back boiler is not holding it up
12th Feb 2019
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