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jpc 03-31-2013 05:03 PM

Fireplace suggestions?
 
My fireplace is located cadi-corner faceing out towards our living room, Kitchen, and dinning room. All open with no seperating wall. We hardly ever use it, unless your right in front of it, you wouldn't know it"s light up. My high utility bill's year round, especially in winter and summer have me looking for alternative's. What can be done with my fireplace to make it more of a heat source for that main room? Advice on making it more efficient? What i
nfo do I need to post to help with my questions? Thanks in advance.
1) main rooms combined square footage roughly 425
2) vaulted type ceiling's

Fix'n it 03-31-2013 08:39 PM

fireplace make/model. and pics of the room.

jpc 03-31-2013 10:16 PM

2 Attachment(s)
I'm uploading pics now, in the mean time, where would I try to look on the fireplace for the make and model?

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, house was built in 1982, its original to the house. Both pics are from the view point of the fireplace, let me know if differnt or more pics are needed

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Fix'n it 03-31-2013 10:27 PM

on the back of it. and/or take a pic of it.

can you rotate the pics ?

JasperST 04-01-2013 11:51 AM

The view from the fireplace doesn't help much. I don't know what you have but you may need to upgrade. If so it would be hard to beat a good gas unit (if available) with ceramic glass. The ceramic glass has high heat transfer capability, like a flat top stove, so they are much more efficient than the cheaper alternatives.

I installed a Vermont Castings with remote control and thermostat. I was a life saver when I lost power for 5 days in sub freezing weather and used in conjunction with the furnace has noticeably reduced my power bill.

Blondesense 04-01-2013 12:19 PM

First of all, is it gas, electric, or wood?

And yes, a pic OF the fireplace.

jpc 04-01-2013 12:27 PM

FIXIN-IT : this evening I'm going to clear away all that crap in front of it to take a good picture of it, to help Identify it since getting behind to look for manufacture info isnt easily accesable.

JasperST : Although upgrading isnt out of the question, I'd like to check and see if there is something that can be done to the existing FP to get more out of, eliminate the possibilities of error's from the install,make sure that everything that is suppose to be sealed up is, if in fact this is the best I'd get from it , I'd have to start budgeting and looking into alternative's, what price range was the one you installed. Thanks for your input, very much appreciated

JasperST 04-01-2013 12:29 PM

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Originally Posted by jpc (Post 1150205)
... what price range was the one you installed. Thanks for your input, very much appreciated

I spent about $2,200. $300 was for the piping though.

leenamark1 04-01-2013 01:34 PM

Yes, the picture is not clear, at least is not showing the fire place and its current location. May be rotating the pic. will help.

henrylarry6 04-02-2013 04:34 AM

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Originally Posted by leenamark1 (Post 1150251)
Yes, the picture is not clear, at least is not showing the fire place and its current location. May be rotating the pic. will help.

I want to say the same, rotating the above pic will help to suggest.

PoleCat 04-02-2013 07:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Fix'n it (Post 1149986)
on the back of it. and/or take a pic of it.

can you rotate the pics ?

Quote:

Originally Posted by leenamark1 (Post 1150251)
Yes, the picture is not clear, at least is not showing the fire place and its current location. May be rotating the pic. will help.

Quote:

Originally Posted by henrylarry6 (Post 1150711)
I want to say the same, rotating the above pic will help to suggest.

You guys are way smarter than me. I was sitting here rotating my head and may have injured my neck.

oldhouseguy 04-02-2013 09:38 AM

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Originally Posted by PoleCat (Post 1150757)
You guys are way smarter than me. I was sitting here rotating my head and may have injured my neck.

Workmen's comp may apply, I will have to check into it.

tylernt 04-02-2013 11:11 AM

We need to know what fuel your fireplaces uses (wood, gas, electric, etc) and what fuel source your central heating system uses (oil, gas, heatpump, electric, etc). For example, if your central system is natural gas and your fireplace is electric, you'll probably save the most money by not using the fireplace.

jpc 04-02-2013 02:26 PM

was not able move stuff in front of fireplace to take another pic, hopefully tonight.My centrol ac/heat is ran off electric, and fireplace is wood burning. Ideally would like the fireburning fireplace to allow me to back the thermostat down a few degree's. All the other rooms in the house are fine with the thermostat set at a moderate setting, So If I could get ANYTHING out of the fireplace I would hardly ever have to touch the temp settings. Ill make sure to get those pics up tonight, thanks again everyone

JasperST 04-02-2013 02:34 PM

Open wood burning fireplaces aren't very efficient, but if you have the wood you can crank 'em up. An enclosed cast iron unit is much more efficient, just don't burn too low for too long or you can get a creosote buildup. Which can set on fire. The pellet types are supposed to be pretty good too so maybe an insert would be what you need.


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