Alex, This looks very nice. Does it give off any heat at all? The parlour I have the ancient chimney in is small and can be shut off from the front and sides.
Everyones' comments have been helpfull and I hope all are staying warm this winter! Personally, I wear as much wool as possible and top it all wiht a fleece vest. Ladies, sometimes Sierra Trading Post has lovely fine woolen camisoles fom Switzerland - consider the longterm savings! And meanwhile, even the hint of fire can warm the imagination and fool the senses: a string of flickering flame-like (electric) lights thrown on a birch log is cozier than a black, empty grate.....
Hi Carol, thanks! It does give off some heat, but not a lot. It's actually somewhat hard to tell in our room because of the drafty window, large doorways to other rooms, and 10 foot ceilings. I do know that I ended up on climbing a ladder at one point when the fireplace had been lit for a while and it was sweltering hot up near the ceiling. If you can shut the room it may be able to help keep the heat in. But like I said, we wanted it far more for the look than for the function.
I like the look, but I am having a hard time thinking of using something that looks good, but provides no support to heating.
Which brings me to the metal cast insert in our fireplace above. I wonder if the casting gets heated, which it should, and put out a bit more heat. I will have to dwell on that.
Bill, I have always assumed the same thing: The metal casing, brickwork, and, in the cases of marble/slate fireplace surrounds, they all get heated up and contribute to the overall warming...even after the fire/coals have cooled down. I would never know if this were the case, as I have never allowed a fire to get hot enough in either of my fireplaces. I think we would all realize how these things are supposed to work if we would just burn some coal and try it out! ha!