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Old 12-16-2017, 10:43 AM  
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Ours is a wood fireplace. I have a customer that's a tree trimmer, so we have an endless supply of free firewood. The first 10-15 years it rarely cooled off during the winter, but these days we light it for special occasions only. Getting too old to haul wood every 2-3 days. the lower cabinets on both sides hold about a day & a half of wood each. It's about 20 years old now and we've had 0 problems after many many cords per year of use. It's a sealed door unit with outside air for coimbustion and another duct to draw outside air through the heat exchanger to provide positive air displacement in the house (they call it). Supposed to be 70+ % efficient (also what they claim). I know when it's up to temp, you don't stand very close to the doors for very long. I use a duct in one of the skylight wells to draw the heat off the open ceiling and dump it in the far side of the house. heats the whole house that way.

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Old 12-16-2017, 11:44 AM  
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That’s beautiful! I like the clock above����


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Both my houses so far have had small wood fireplaces in them. Big enough for "single-log" fires. We don't do the fires for heat, just for atmosphere. We don't notice any other parts of the house getting colder as a result--like I said, we do really small fires. Here's why I like wood fireplaces:

- I love the cozy feeling I get from seeing real wood burning in a fireplace. I just don't get that from tidy gas flames.
- I like the rituals involved in chopping the logs, storing the wood, etc. (We don't burn much of it, so I can mostly use the wood I've cut off trees in the backyard or picked up for free here and there, and occasionally supplement with the occasional $5 bundle from the gas station.)
- I of course love building the fires (always the old-fashioned way from kindling, never with fire-starters of any kind) and consider it a valuable skill I'll pass on to my kids. I'm glad they get to watch me doing it often. (I don't mind cleaning up the ash, either, and getting the chimney cleaned once a year or so isn't a huge problem.)

That said, I've had several friends and family members with inserts or pot belly stoves in their houses and those seem pretty useful. If someone offered to give me one and install it I probably wouldn't turn them down. If it was gas rather than wood I doubt I'd care much, though I'd miss the aspects of wood fireplaces I mentioned above.

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Thanks MAX. I agree with Flyover, I like the real fire. Nothing like snow outside with a warm fire inside.
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Thanks MAX. I agree with Flyover, I like the real fire. Nothing like snow outside with a warm fire inside.
That's exactly how I feel.
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Here in California in the Bay Area, there are a lot of ‘no burn days’. In fact a few years ago on Christmas it was really cold, guess what? No burn day! Are you kidding?! Stupid. That’s what made me decide to just go gas...I can use it anytime. Now, if I lived in the mountains I wouldn’t think twice, wood all the way!
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We have two wood burning fireplaces, both have the fans built in to push heat out. One is downstairs and one is upstairs. We run the upstairs one daily for heat along with our forced air. Our house is all electric and the bill would be 500 a month if we didn't burn wood. I leave the heat at 67 and use fire to bring it higher and keep the furnace from running. We are very rural so no gas is out here and propane wouldn't be bunch cheaper.


 
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