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Old 02-14-2018, 08:51 PM   #1
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How important is having a fireplace? Im about to start a new house and not real sure I need it. I love having fires when its cold and drizzly outside but thats only about 20-30 times a year at the most. Ive walked in and checked out some very nice new construction houses recently and noticed they dont have fireplaces. Are they a thing of the past? Would you not buy a house because it didnt have one?
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Old 02-14-2018, 08:54 PM   #2
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Must have for me.
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Old 02-14-2018, 08:54 PM   #3
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They're expensive decorations. I'm trying to convince my wife that we don't need one. She insists that it must be added.

I think it's a waste of money. Probably going to cost me 7k at least
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Old 02-14-2018, 08:56 PM   #4
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Old 02-14-2018, 08:56 PM   #5
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We loose power in the winter at minimum once a year. I wouldn't build without one... but I've always had one and don't know life without one
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Old 02-14-2018, 08:56 PM   #6
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My old house had a large Gas fire place. I hated it because it never would heat the house. Looked awesome.

New house is wood burning. Love it but it’s drafty.

I like the look of a fire place. Or an old wood burning stove
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Old 02-14-2018, 08:57 PM   #7
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Spent some time in Brownwood. If the house is built right, it will heat your house
And if you have plenty firewood.

My plans include one.

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Old 02-14-2018, 08:57 PM   #8
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They are good when you put a.couple mounts above them.
If.you.have one built make sure it has a fan that can blow the heat out into the room and not just up the flu
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Old 02-14-2018, 08:59 PM   #9
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Looks like im putting one in.
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:04 PM   #10
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My brother and I are designing ranch houses for our new place. There will be a total of 8 fireplaces (9 if you count the Mexican oven in the kitchen). The more the merrier!!!
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:10 PM   #11
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My new home is going to have 4, 2 gas and 1 wood burning in the house and 1 wood burning fp outside. So yeah, I gotta have a fireplace.
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:15 PM   #12
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In a perfect world I’d have one. However we don’t have one in our current home, and it’s no big deal.
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:18 PM   #13
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Without a doubt I would have a fireplace.
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:22 PM   #14
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Biggest loss of heat and cooling in new homes but I have one snd would put one in a new build if I built new.
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:26 PM   #15
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I myself am going with a wood stove.
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:32 PM   #16
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Must have at my house, wife starts burning it at any temp sub 70.
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:40 PM   #17
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Fireplaces are great...if you like cutting and hauling firewood, cleaning fireplaces, and paying to have the chimney cleaned.
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:41 PM   #18
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Wood stove for head fireplace for looking at
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:41 PM   #19
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We tore ours out and added one outside, but we haven't missed the old one or used the outside one in 3 years.
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:48 PM   #20
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I could do with out a fireplace. Unless you get a blower system built in, you’re wasting your time cutting the wood.

We have a fireplace and but it is never lit. Our stove on the other hand, burns pretty regular from October until March. It’s actually an efficient heater, and I’m not into cutting ricks of wood for fun or for aesthetics. We’re on the AR/MO line so it’s not terribly cold (usually) but we do have a winter. If I was still in Texas, I wouldn’t worry about either.

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Old 02-14-2018, 10:05 PM   #21
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Grew up with one in the house, I would not ( don't) have one now. Don't miss it one bit.
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Old 02-14-2018, 10:07 PM   #22
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Old 02-14-2018, 10:44 PM   #23
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I am going with an efficient wood burning stove over a fireplace in my barndo. I have several thousand oak trees to burn.

It will be set in an alcove with rock surround with an oak slab I cut for a mantle.
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Old 02-14-2018, 10:51 PM   #24
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Wood stove for head fireplace for looking at


Wow, what kind of stove do you have?


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Old 02-14-2018, 10:56 PM   #25
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We have one in the new house we built at the ranch. Put in a gas starter in case you ever decide to switch to gas logs, just takes a little bit of modification.
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Old 02-14-2018, 10:57 PM   #26
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I love burning a fireplace. Also love wood stoves. I have a house that has a fireplace and a couple of cabins that have wood stoves. For determining which one, Iíd say it depends on your setup. For sure though, I wouldnít want a place without one.


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Old 02-14-2018, 11:08 PM   #27
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Grew up with a wood stove. Hate wood burning. We put in gas logs when we built our house 17 years ago. No regrets. All I have to do is switch on the gas and click a button to have a fire. And it'll put out some heat!
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:25 PM   #28
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This is a Pacific Energy T5 wood heater installed as my house was being built in 2013. It heats the entire 1950 sq. ft. The room it is in has a 20 ft. high centerline ceiling. Rather pricey, but that was complete installation. I considerate it worth every penny on cold days. Does not require a blower even though one is available. House was built with extra insulation, so I am sure that helps some.
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:33 PM   #29
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I never intend to have a house without a wood burning fireplace. That being said, mine is gas logs right now. As soon as my kiddos get older, I’ll convert it to wood burning. I just don’t trust my young kids around it yet
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:41 PM   #30
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If you don't have access to a lot of free wood, don't get a fireplace that burns wood. If you do get a wood-burning fireplace, get one that is big enough to actually use, not one that is size the of a shoebox.
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:48 PM   #31
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We have a gas log insert. Remote controlled and sealed up good. Little to no draft. Has variable speed motor that can run on 4 AA batteries in case of power outage. Pretty nice set up.
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:54 PM   #32
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Iíve got four in our future house plans lmao.

I have a fire going any chance I can.
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Old 02-15-2018, 06:45 AM   #33
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We have never used ours; still looks brand new.
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Old 02-15-2018, 06:50 AM   #34
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I built my house without one. I wish I had put one in. We love having fires and it's not always possible to do one outside.

I may go ahead and add a wood burning stove soon.
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:15 AM   #35
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Not a must have but wife would want one. I converted ours to Natural gas. It has a insert that holds heat and two blowers. Heats the living room great but the rest of the house can get cold. Friend of mine had his tied into the central duct and keeps the whole house warm.
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:22 AM   #36
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We are having our house remolded and have decided to go with this wood fired stove instead of a fire place.
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:27 AM   #37
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I wanted a large masonry fireplace in my upcoming house build but since Iím doing total foam encapsulation, Iím going with a stove insert and blower system instead.

It has a way to pull in makeup air to help with combustion. Supposed to be much more efficient and larger ones can heat up to 3000 sq/ft.


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Old 02-15-2018, 09:44 AM   #38
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I love having fires when its cold and drizzly outside but thats only about 20-30 times a year at the most.
That's probably a lot more use than a formal dining room gets, or a stand alone bath tub in the master bathroom, or a guest bed room, etc.
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:44 AM   #39
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At my parents house the chimney was in need of repair - that and they are in their eighties and we got em a fake fire - it looks and sounds like a real fire we were blown away about how not cheesy this thing is! Has a heater tube that blows hot air into the room from both sides and sits inside the fireplace just plugs into any electrical outlet. I like a real fire but it's much less maintenance to have it outside IMO I think it was $500 just googled electric fireplace
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:47 AM   #40
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We put a set of LP gas logs with a blower in our new house. LOVE IT. Flip the switch and you've got a warm fire that will heat a large area. No cutting/hauling wood, no ash, no mess, no chimney. If I want to sit around a wood fire, I'll go outside to the fire pit, or to the fireplace in my outdoor kitchen (when it's finished) . See Dale Moser, he'll fix you up.
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Old 02-15-2018, 11:38 AM   #41
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Must for me. However, if I was building, I'd probably do a more efficient wood stove.

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Old 02-15-2018, 11:49 AM   #42
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Must have for me. Or a wood stove.


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Old 02-15-2018, 12:00 PM   #43
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How important is it to be warm when an ice storm knocks out the power?
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Old 02-15-2018, 12:22 PM   #44
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This is a Pacific Energy T5 wood heater installed as my house was being built in 2013. It heats the entire 1950 sq. ft. The room it is in has a 20 ft. high centerline ceiling. Rather pricey, but that was complete installation. I considerate it worth every penny on cold days. Does not require a blower even though one is available. House was built with extra insulation, so I am sure that helps some.
^^^ This... must have some kind of fire to watch.... just creates a relaxing mood and calming..'
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Old 02-15-2018, 12:28 PM   #45
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A must for me. Switching to gas logs with a remote was one of the best changes I have ever made. Go gas, no mess, no smoke, no lost heat going up the chimney.
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Old 02-15-2018, 12:34 PM   #46
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Def a to each their own, i love them and will always have one inside and out.
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Old 02-15-2018, 12:39 PM   #47
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I'd go with.

I use our shoebox sized fake wood burner to purge my utility receipts every year while my wife uses it to set the mood.



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Old 02-15-2018, 12:55 PM   #48
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When we remodeled our (new to us) house in 2016, we took out the crappy builder grade fireplace and put in a wood stove. Love it, heats most of the downstairs and the house doesn't smell like a BBQ joint. My only regret is that I would have bought a larger one. Finding firewood that is 12-13 inches long is a hassle. I just buy a half cord or so and cut it in half.
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Old 02-15-2018, 12:55 PM   #49
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Obviously fireplaces are just a personal choice. For me, if I want a fire, I want to be outside. If I want to be warm, I turn up the thermostat. My wife agrees, so for us, we chose no fireplace in our new build, last fall. It's all about your personal desire. It is your house, who cares what anyone else thinks, they don't have to live there. I doubt it would be a deal breaker for most people.
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Old 02-15-2018, 12:59 PM   #50
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I can take or leave them. If it's open face, gas is fine. More likely to use. If I want it to heat the house, it must be a stove (freestanding or built-in). And if I get to start from scratch, it will be a built-in stove that burns outside air. I love the heat from a stove but if it is not vented to outside, it will make a house drafty in places.

Our city house has a big wood burning stove. I honestly won't fire it up unless it's on a cold weekend when i will be home to keep it going. We have an outside fire pit that gets the most use hanging out with neighbors and friends.

The lake house has a built-in stove that pulls air from the attic. Even the smallest fire will burn you out of that house so it has to be cold outside. The plus is it uses the least wood. And we also have a fire pit by the lake and a chiminea on the deck that get the most use.

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