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Offline ladieu

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improve fireplace efficiency
« on: November 11, 2009, 11:30:46 AM »
Could anyone offer an opinion of a product like this?

http://www.improvementscatalog.com/home/improvements/792927493-fireplace-heat-reflectors.html

A reflector for an existing fireplace. Are there better options to utilize my current fireplace more effectively this coming winter.


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Re: improve fireplace efficiency
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2009, 10:23:46 PM »
We have one of these. No power required. Cooler air enters at the bottom. As it heats, the air rises and is forced out at the top into the room. This works very well.

http://www.woodlanddirect.com/Fireplace-Accessories/Fireplace-Heaters-Blowers/Fireplace-Heater-for-Zero-Clearance-Fireplace-4-Tubes;jsessionid=0a010c451f43d74767d33cea4b2e8231cf09d5092d62.e3eTaxiMa38Te38Nci0

This is from my post on http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=3373.0 This thread is about a similar question.

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Re: improve fireplace efficiency
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2009, 07:49:22 AM »
Ok that thing is seriously cool. Thanks for the link!

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Re: improve fireplace efficiency
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2009, 12:03:14 PM »
Another option is an EPA approved fireplace insert.  30% tax credit up to $1500 (offer good till 12/10 - call now!).  Typically, they're available anywhere from the $1000-3000 price range.

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Re: improve fireplace efficiency
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2009, 01:20:38 PM »
Yeah I looked at that. It is a bigger investment, and worth checking out. I would definitely have to be much more diligent about burning. I get lazy sometimes about going out to the wood pile...

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Re: improve fireplace efficiency
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2009, 08:32:45 PM »
An insert would probably be better for you folks that have a serious winter. It might freeze here a half dozen times a year. Many years, just once or twice. Mine is for back up heat during a power loss after an ice storm. We do have those every once and a while. With global warming and all, we haven't had a really bad one for several years now. ;)