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Another idea about fireplace conversion

 
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Hello,

I have been lurking around for awhile, the posts here on this forum are very inspiring. I am thinking about converting my fireplace to a mass heater, one idea popped in my mind looks like the attached drawing.

- Basically, it means hitting the wide part of the chimney, I am not sure if the heat will be conducted to the stone surface outside the chimney in the family room.

- One of my other concerns is that I am not sure if the wide part of the chimney is lined with fire brick or normal brick.

- If it is normal brick, will the temperature be so high that it makes the brick crack?

Could you guys help with the questions?

Thank you!

Frank
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While you are still in the thinking phase of your project have you thought about converting your fireplace to a Rumford fireplace?
 
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Brett Andrzejewski wrote:While you are still in the thinking phase of your project have you thought about converting your fireplace to a Rumford fireplace?



Yes, I did. It is much simpler but there is no mass, I would like to have some mass and the idea of reusing the existing fireplace's mass is fansinating, I am just not sure if it is realistic.

Frank
 
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