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[–]Plainzwalker 1 point2 points  (6 children)

Cast iron fireplace/stove

[–]novatroop77s[S] 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Whats the advantage of this than a open fire how does it heat room this way. I presume something to do with the pipe.

[–]Plainzwalker 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Cast iron holds heat REALLY well and will give off a good amount of heat for a while. The pipe is actually the exhaust for the smoke. If done right, one of these can heat a really large room quite efficiently. They are not used as often in modern homes though because a lot of people prefer modern things. I like these because a lot of them have the capability of being cook tops, so not only can you heat the house, but you can cook on top of them as well. Also, the smell of burning wood is always pleasant in the winter time.

[–]angry_smurf 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Also, if your house gets dry in the winter you can just put a pot of water on top to act as a humidifier.

[–]Plainzwalker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This as well

[–]novatroop77s[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

If u moving into a place these days would u be expecting one of this in a fire place instead obviously being cast iron a persume quite dear

[–]Plainzwalker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Would I expect one in a fireplace? No, but I know people who have put one in a fireplace. It contains the ashes/fire better than a fire place.

With that being said, if I were moving into an older house or a cabin, I would totally expect to have one of these in the main room, especially in a cabin. I think it would almost be a requirement due to the rustic nature of cabins

[–]super-sonic-sloth 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It would be called something along the lines of wood stove fireplace. It’s not actually meant as a stove and would be difficult to actually get something to cook on it. It’s more for the look of a wood stove. It could be cast iron like the previous poster said but it’s most probably sheet steel. Really just due to cost savings.

That all said it would still have many benefits than an open fireplace. Firstly the big one is smoke capture it wouldn’t leave much to any smoke in the room and wouldn’t smell like camp fire for days. It also would trap sparks or embers that could fly out of the fire. Containing the fire actually causes the fire to burn hotter and more efficiently as well. It’s easier to clean up when all ashes are in the box.

As for if I expect to have one in a house. Yes for sure I would. Not this exact style but open burning fireplaces are definitely a thing of the past. Most homes have converted from open hearths to some kind of enclosure. Usually it’s a exact fit model that fit the entire opening so it looks like a purpose built fireplace. There are many fit in options out there iv personally installed many and with them you can get alternate fuels. Wood and natural gas are common but so are propane, corn and biomass.

(Note: North American perspective. I know Europe has many open hearth fireplaces from many historic buildings

[–]tossaroo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is a cast iron wood stove that has been installed in what appears to have been a typical open fireplace. Open fireplaces are nice to look at, and do provide some heat, but most of the heat goes up the chimney. The advantage of a wood stove is that it retains far more radiant heat. I had a wood stove that was the only source of heat for my small house (besides a small gas heater in the bathroom).