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blacknoir 06-05-2009 09:00 PM

Where are all the fireplaces?
I'm really surprised that there aren't more fireplaces. It seems like a fairly easy progression from WFO to fireplace.. there are so many similarities after all.

I'm debating on either doing my WFO first and then my fireplace or attempting them both at the same time. The only problem I see is designing the fireplace. For those of you that have completed a WFO do you think doing a fireplace after would be easier? Should I wait and get some experience with a WFO first?


dmun 06-06-2009 11:48 AM

Re: Where are all the fireplaces?
I built a fireplace: you can see it in my build, linked below. I'm a great believer in the Rumford style of fireplace, tall, shallow, designed for vertical fires and radiant heat.

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You should also look at the site:

They talk frankly about the tendency for outdoor fireplaces to smoke, since they don't have the indoor/outdoor temperature differential that aids draft in indoor fireplaces. Read this carefully before planning your project.

blacknoir 06-06-2009 12:16 PM

Re: Where are all the fireplaces?
I was thinking of doing a Rumford actually. Can I ask what you ended up going with for dimensions? I'm thinking of doing the 36" which should end up being a minimum of 5' wide and 1'10" deep.

dmun 06-06-2009 02:26 PM

Re: Where are all the fireplaces?
I don't have time to dig up the drawings now, but you can get a pretty good estimate of the size by counting the 4 x 8 firebricks in this photo:
from this page where there are a lot more photos, and a dimensioned drawing of the throat.

blacknoir 06-06-2009 02:42 PM

Re: Where are all the fireplaces?
That works, thanks.

Jonathontd 06-27-2009 01:21 PM

Re: Where are all the fireplaces?
My first oven had a fireplace and we found out that we rarely used it. We do live in the Pacific Northwest, so that is a consideration. Don't expect any fireplace to throw out heat for much distance.


AlexaSM 09-24-2009 12:00 AM

Re: Where are all the fireplaces?
I want to construct outdoor fireplace. Prompt, what minimal distance should be from houses up to fireplace?

dmun 09-24-2009 09:51 AM

Re: Where are all the fireplaces?
There are codes for distance from the fireplace opening to anything combustible (I think it's twelve inches) and code that says that the opening of the chimney needs to be two feet away from anything within ten feet. Check with your building department if in doubt.

rtnaw 09-29-2009 06:51 PM

Re: Where are all the fireplaces?
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Building a rumford is great project. After my brother and I completed the pizza oven, we started work on rebuilding an old ineffective and extremely smoky fireplace. The old fireplace smoked so much that we could no longer use it. My Dad converted it to natural gas about 15 years ago.
After finding this site, reading Dmuns posts on his rumford build and checking out the rumford site we decided to rip the old fireplace apart and fit it with a new rumford. So, while the snow covered the pizza oven, we started constrution on the rumford. The build of the actual fireplace was easy, the hard part was the destruction of the old unit (cleaning all of the masonary dust was a pain). Used a sawzall to cut the bricks out and built a plastic enclosure to minimize the dust. We put a high output squirrel cage blower facing up the chimney to eject as much of the dust as we could when we were cutting the brickwork out.

dmun 09-29-2009 07:01 PM

Re: Where are all the fireplaces?
You built your own curved throat like I did? That's ambitious! Looking good!

We had a question about this this week: Is there a diamond sawzall blade?

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