Practical Fireplace Heating

Wood stoves and furnaces supplanted fireplaces centuries ago, but with the right design fireplace heating is still practical.



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Modern designs make fireplace heating a practical option.
PHOTO: SCOTT BARROW
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The Rumford fireplace on the right was a more efficient design for radiating heat than the conventional fireplace on the left.
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The fireplace design Ben Franklin developed in the 1740s was intended to prevent smoke from filling a room.
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Profile view of air flow in the Franklin fireplace design.
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A small, decorative unit.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
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A kacheloven's performance relies on both air channels and thermal mass
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