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Posted: 12/27/2002 5:21:10 PM EDT
I have a fireplace in my house that has glass doors I can close over the draw screens. I still can't decide if glass doors open, or glass doors closed makes a difference. I think the fire burns better with the glass closed, but the heat realized from radiated vs convective favors glass open. And there's always that burn-spot-on-the-carpet issue... What do you all do?
Link Posted: 12/27/2002 5:25:57 PM EDT
Well, my current digs have a wood-burning insert with a blower, so doesn't really count. However, at previous places I've lived, I've always burned live fires with the glass doors open, screen closed. Clean, dry firewood and a screen in good repair should prevent burn holes in the carpet. It has been my experience that you'll never get a fire hot enough to get any real radiant heat through the glass. At least not enough to heat a room, much less a house. If you're still concerned about burn spots on the carpet, go to a fireplace store and get a fire-resistant mat to place over the carpet near the hearth.
Link Posted: 12/27/2002 5:26:34 PM EDT
In AZ?! I thought you just turned on the AC?
Link Posted: 12/27/2002 5:29:34 PM EDT
As a rule if you have glass doors and your fireplace is well vented you will get the best heating results from leaving the doors closed. If you get the fire going real good with a wood like hard Maple, you will be real toasty in no time and you will have a long burning fire. Enjoy the warm!
Link Posted: 12/27/2002 5:29:55 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/27/2002 5:42:11 PM EDT
1GUNRUNNER- I live in the moutains up north at the 5000 foot level. It's 28 degrees outside right now with a little left over snow skiff. It can be cold in AZ.
Link Posted: 12/27/2002 5:46:23 PM EDT
yeah...but it's a dry cold...
Link Posted: 12/27/2002 6:12:08 PM EDT
Every set of glass fireplace doors I had exploded. I put the TV in front of the fireplace and turned up the thermostat.
Link Posted: 12/27/2002 6:23:08 PM EDT
No vents on our fireplace, and we always close the screen and leave the doors open.
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