It is a nice fireplace, but with the current floor plan, it's in a terrible place. Making it functional would be a huge job. The chimney was falling apart, and I've since removed most of it in order to add finished space upstairs. I was planning to add a gas unit on a different wall in that room.
As far as removing it, I guess I'll just start removing the brick from inside the fireplace and see where that gets me. I'm not sure how the steel part is installed.