(Closed) are open fires outdated???

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i’ve never seen this inside a home. in the backyard, sure!

Post # 6
19 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

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 # 8
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

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
52 posts
Worker bee

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 # 11
19 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

@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
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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 # 14
622 posts
Busy bee
  • 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
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
295 posts
Helper bee
  • 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.

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