The image of a couple sitting in the living room of a cabin, while the fire crackles in the fireplace, is evocative. It is a reality that cannot be denied, especially due to the number of times these scenes have been mythologized in movies. Furthermore, the sensation of being so close to the fire that you can almost touch it is nothing short of magical.
However, as is the case with myths and magic, not everything is as beautiful as it initially appears. There are some inconveniences that are worth highlighting about open fireplaces.
Romanticism, yes, but not efficiency
Open fireplaces have only one advantage, which is that we will feel the heat before any other way. However, the rest of the aspects are against the practicality of the idea, beyond the romance of the scene.
The worst problem with an open fireplace is its high energy consumption. The fuel, usually wood, burns quickly, causing a log to last a very short time. Additionally, a significant amount of heat escapes through the chimney, resulting in a loss of too much energy compared to the consumption it has. The result is a high energy cost, and therefore, an economic one.
Dirtier than closed fireplaces
What the movies never show in fireplace scenes is the state of the living room after lighting it. Ashes are deposited everywhere, and smoke comes out of the chimney, making the situation anything but pleasant.
There is an added danger, and that is that a spark can jump from the protected area to the outside, potentially igniting a nearby piece of furniture or the woodpile that is usually kept next to the fireplace to fuel the fire. The result can be catastrophic.
A solution for fireplaces that maintains the romantic atmosphere
There is a way to continue enjoying the idyllic image produced by a burning fire. Installing doors on the fireplace is the solution. They increase energy efficiency, allowing significant fuel savings without significantly affecting the heat they generate, in addition to saving a significant amount of money. Furthermore, the risk of an ignited spark jumping, smoke entering the room, or everything being covered in ash is practically reduced to zero.
Fire-resistant glass doors are just as romantic as an open fireplace. The flames are clearly visible as if there was nothing in front, with the advantage of having better control over the fire, a much more pleasant sensation, and the same idyllic image that cinema has shown so many times in so many movies. You don’t have to give up a romantic evening by the fire to have an efficient and clean fireplace. You can have it all. Plus, it’s so easy that you can do it yourself.