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Posted by Scott on April 22nd, 2002 09:35 PM
In reply to Fireplace by Scott R on April 22nd, 2002 10:40 AM [Go to top of thread]

Hi ScottR
Now days there are many options in fireplaces and wood burning stoves(most are not for cooking)Like Dodgeman said the old standard open hearth fire place is a real money burner.They pull air from the house to burn and draft it up the flue.Also air can be pulled down the flue and make your house smell like...the flue,but that is another story.Not very energy efficient.The only ones that come close are the ones that have a massive fire box and are huge stone or brick structures.The fire heats the stone(thermal mass)and it's the stone that heats the house or castle.The Russians have one of the best designs,hundreds of years old.Still not very efficient for todays heating costs.What was mentioned by Dodgeman were inserts that are self contained fire places.They could stand in the middle of the room and you could burn in them(they still must be vented properly)They aren't much to look at so you build around them following the manufactures spects for clearance from combustables or insert them into a chase built on the outside of the house to make it look like the old fireplace type.These units come many different ways,wood burning,gas log,direct vent.I would do a google search and see all your options.

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