Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by brule1, Aug 31, 2006.
I have a RUMFORD FIRE PLACE in my house,what are my best options for its use as a heat source.Brule
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Fireplaces, in general, are poor heaters. They will heat the immediate area, and may even warm a small room, but probably not a whole house. As far as fireplaces go, a Rumford design is about the best for giving off heat just as it is.
To increase heat output, you could add a "fireback" - a thick cast-iron panel (usually decorative) placed behind the burning wood to throw more heat into the room. The already shallow design of a Rumford may not allow this.
Or you could use an air-circulating log rack, which pulls cool air in the bottom, circulates it behind the fire (heating it up) and out the top.
I have never seen any inserts for Rumfords, but they might be out there.
I recommend leaving it just as it is. Rumfords are fantastic fireplaces and, though rare, they are increasing in popularity.
Just clean the chimney once a year, have the whole thing inspected once in a while, burn safely, and enjoy.
I agree with Spot. Maybe consider a hearth stove sitting in front of it.
Also look around for the fire building technique in a Rumford......I think teepee style works well, or as other said one of those fancy radiant grates....
Brule... is putting a stove on the hearth an option for you? Or are you looking for the best way to use it as a fireplace?
Harley ,I will be already burning wood in my stove ,so I was hoping I could find a propane insert that would fit.
Look at http://www.gascoals.net
These will look very nice in there!
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