Post # 1
ok so im from ireland and SO is from canada, i told him we would def have an open fire in our future home and he looked at me like i was all crazy, saying they’re “outdated”. is that actually ture?? apparently only old houses have them and they’re not nice and you have to clean them and blah blah blah, honestly i think he just doesnt want one and is trying to convince me to stay away from them
i think every house in ireland has one, IMO there is nothing like an open fire, the heat is completely different than that of a gas fire, i just love it!!
which do you prefer?
Post # 3
i’ve never seen this inside a home. in the backyard, sure!
Post # 4
hmm i wonder are we on about the same thing?:P
Post # 6
I’m from Scotland – and we have an open fire. They are lovely to look at and very homey – but they are messy too!
My OH has a habit of creating massive coal pyramids so the coal blocks end up falling off the very top of the pile, down and onto my rug. Also the coal dust, no matter how careful you are, will get all through your carpet.
They’re also not very fuel efficient – they look beautiful, but a wood or multifuel burning stove is much more efficient.
We’ve had our open fire ever since we moved in 4 years ago – but we’re planning on putting in a wood burning stove instead – for all the reasons listed above.
First time I’ve tried this so we’ll see if it works – I’ve attached a pic of a wood burning stove – maybe you could consider this as an option?
Post # 7
we have a stove too, its pretty much exactly like that, and that is so efficent, heats all rads, plus water in the house and its only started after 6 every evening, i love it!! SO doesnt, so thats my problem haha:P he “doesnt like the look of it” *rolls eyes* im thinking im just with an extremely picky man
Post # 8
It’s not really a huge thing in the states. We have a house built in 1922 and there isn’t even a fireplace, we have radiators, My brother’s house is 1918 and same thing. When we went back to Ireland I noticed that most people have the stove thing like in the PP pictures, at least our cousins do. It looks like a lot of mess but i hate cleaning so anything that makes me clean more isn’t worth it.
Post # 9
I’m in Canada – ‘open fires’ are messy (I think we just call them fireplaces and woodstoves here)
Commonly homes have gas fireplaces. Same look and affect, and no mess.
Post # 10
ive a feeling we tend to do everything backwards here in ireland:P
Post # 11
@misspandy: Aw – how can your SO not like the lovely flamey look?! I am definitely going to get on the woodstove thing after reading your post (takes me a while to do things, I’ve only been meaning to do this for 2 years after all…)
Mum and Dad took out their ordinary fire and replaced it with gas – very clean etc but somehow just not the same…:(
In the house I grew up in, there was a fireplace in all the rooms – including the bedrooms! We didn’t ever light the ones in the bedroom as someone had blocked them off, but how nice would that be – a lovely wee fire in your bedroom…mmm.
Post # 12
In New England in the US there are lots and we love them! We’re in the process of buying a place and fireplaces were a big draw for us (since we both grew up with them) and many homes had them. Woodstoves are also popular but slightly less common, even though they heat better; I think they’re more expensive to install, maybe?
When we were in CT there were a lot of gas and electric fireplaces which were awesome with heat but not quite the same atmosphere.
Post # 13
@ straggler…youre a woman after my own heart;) i totally agree, theyre not the same at all, i dont know how to explain it but you have to sit in front of both to notice how different they are, i just love it during the wiinter, it makes the place so cozy:)
Post # 14
- Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn
I think I would refer to it as a wood burning fireplace. And I don’t think they’re uncommon in the states. Every house I’ve lived in has had one, and even one of my apartments did. I never had a gas fireplace until just a year or two ago.
And one of the huge downfalls of the place I’m in now is no fireplace at all. It was one of the only strikes against the apartment so we took it anyway. But I miss my fireplace.
Post # 15
We have one in our house and love it! I don’t really like gas fireplaces. The sounds and smell of the wood is my favorite.
Post # 16
- Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club
Having a fireplace was one of my requirements when we bought a house. I really wanted a wood burning one, gas ones aren’t the same to me. I grew up with fires in our house. I never looked at them as messy, but maybe thats because I grew up with one and it just seemed to be what it is. Having one during yesterdays snow was perfect! 🙂 I don’t think they are outdated at all, at least in New England.