Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Dark Side of the Fireplace

This is why the kitchen is not quite a rectangle. I'm going to tear down all this drywall, but I gave a little test tear to check things out. This is the back side of the chimney. It's dark, though these days the front side is dark, too. That's because we pretty much stopped having fires several years ago because of the particulate pollution they produce. I became more aware of that after visiting Yellowstone NP and reading about the problems they were having from campfires some times. Of course, even if we wanted to have fires, we frequently couldn't because the local air quality district realized the same thing, and passed regulations limiting when people can have fires, and only EPA-certified inserts, wood stoves, etc. can be installed in new construction. Glass doors I installed many years ago plus the damper keep it from sucking too much warm air out of the house, but the fireplace sits dark.

2 comments:

Chazya said...

fireplaces make nice places to set up candle stands...nice, safe place...and almost as good as a fire if you get 6 to10 of them lit...

Gene said...

That's a great idea. I've seen that done before, with variations including bricks, iron candle holders, etc. to arrange the candles in interesting ways.