I remember back when we first looked at this house a few days before we began moving in back in December of 2001. One of the first things I saw when entering the house for the first place was a set of brass and glass Fireplace doors. At first my wife and I considered this a good thing because the place we were moving out of had a fireplace and we had used it a lot to save on heating costs.
It didn’t take long however to learn the difference in this one. The old place had a cast iron wood burning stove fireplace insert. This made for a very effective fireplace. on even the coldest of nights it didn’t take long to heat the house to a roasting temperature with only a few logs.
This new fireplace wasn’t so equipped. There was no insert. It took us only a few tries to realize that this fireplace had to be primarily intended as a decoration. It was meant to look good. In fact, most of the heat from a fire in it ended up going straight up the chimney, making it almost a total waste of time to use it. After that we closed it up and then sealed it off with a layer of plastic and almost a whole roll of duct tape.
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