Recently moved into an old farmhouse with this beautiful and horribly inefficient open fireplace (see attached pic, I hope). I'm looking for options to turn it into a viable heat source for this upcoming winter.
I've been reading through the wood stove threads and have gotten some good leads on brands and the catalytic v. non-cat discussion. What I'm looking for now is the conversation comparing a stand alone wood stove that simply utilizes the existing chimney vs. a fireplace insert meant to sit flush with the stone facade. There is some great thermal mass with all the stones and I certainly want to take advantage of that and really warm those up.
They do this all the time here. The inserts are more expensive than a stand alone but you have the chimney yet. If you are used to central heating you might want another woodstove in you r house,
because with one fireplace the bedrooms are cold, but electrical blankets are cheap. Sweeping a chimney is easy but a bit messy. Nowadays they do a metal pipe instead of a chimney.
The Rumford fireplace is too intensive of a project for me right now. I'm looking more for plug and play with either a wood stove or an insert. The chimney has been inspected and the liner is in good shape, so no worries there.
I guess what I'm really getting at is: is one of these installations "better" than the other, in whatever terms you choose: efficiency, aesthetics, even heat, etc.... A couple of the insert models that I looked at do have blowers, and I'm more interested in the resilience of something that requires no power to run. We moved from an off-grid situation and were really in control of all of our systems and are trying to get back to a similar state in our new grid-tied place. So, electric blankets are really not what we're looking for Angelika.
Location: Northern New York Zone4-5 the OUTER 'RONDACs percip 36''