We have a standard fireplace and I was wondering if I could convert it into a usable RMH. I have looked around and not really been able to find much on this topic. We live in SE Texas so granted it’s not a life or death situation. If I could cut our propane bill though and make ourselves just generally cooler that would be great. I also dislike the fact that I can’t have a fire without actually making ourselves colder... a picture of the fireplace is attached.
That is an interior wall, there is one room on the other side. The house is only 1 story.
I’m not entirely sure. I know some portion of the chimney is exterior brick, empty space, and then the actual chimney, I don’t know if that goes all the way down. Once it hits the ceiling it is just the chimney.
I don’t mind losing some space.
The floor is vinyl tile on the concrete foundation.
I don’t know how, but I’m sure I can learn how to lay fire brick.
My only real concern would be the aesthetics of it. We have no real intention of selling, but I would hate to do something that would drastically effect the Desirability of the house or the appraisel. If I can make it look nice I’m all in.
Location: Southern alps, on the French side of the french /italian border 5000ft elevation
If I remember correctly when we had the Sheetrock down there is a brick facing just like the front.
Certainly a question would be what kind of heat could I get for the house? To the right of the fireplace is the kitchen and living room, which is about a 1/3 of the house. To the left is the bedrooms and baths. The house is about 1600 sq feet, with pretty good insulation, but not on the level of spray foam.
Working on measurements.
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