"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"We have a house that is essentially the same age as your home. It's a Victorian row house in Alexandria, Virginia. Our fireplaces were originally coal burning as well (very shallow). Our interest was far more in the way of aesthetics rather…"
"Our living room fire place as an ornate cast iron insert:
The mantle was missing, but it looks like this now:
So, I don't think the wife would want to put an insert that would block this, like the logs. But a free standing stove may be the…"
"We had a gas plumber run a flexible gas hose (sort of like water pecs) from our basement black pipe right up through the ash trapdoor into the firebox. No drilling, very quick labor. Since it was on the floor, we had him put a second…"
"We have two fireplaces and thought about relining them so we could burn pellets. We had the central chimney lined for our new boiler, and thought we had to do the same for the room chimneys. But, I had not thought of using a ventless stove or…"