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It is REAL wood fireplace!

Just what you always wanted.

A fireplace.  One that burns real wood, not those fancy gas contraptions.

But, before you get to excited think about  this...

Remember, Wood fireplace uses air from inside the home.

That air needs to be replaced, so the home needs to draw air from outside...COLD air.

So, when the outside temp gets below ZERO, You are drawing in  more cold than you are heating.


To combat that, check and see if the fireplace has a cold air vent to use.  It lowers the amount of cold air from infiltrating the rest of the home.


Where will you get the wood to burn.  If  you have wooded area, can you cut your own. 

Where will you store it to keep it dry?

Then how will you get it to the house.


Don't forget the ash removal.   You need a fire proof container unless you have an area outside you can safely dispose of them.


Just  a few things to think about.  The movies make it look so Romantic.

 I am not trying to talk you out of a wood fired fireplace, just don't go into it blind!!!!


A sample of wood I burn every year.

Comment balloon 11 commentsWilliam Feela • December 01 2018 04:36PM


Fireplace? Is that the hole in the wall we here in Florida shove a bunch of candles in?

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) about 2 years ago

Good afternoon William. This is thorough and very true. Most folks don't think about this.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 2 years ago

I have a real wood burning fireplace.  Fortunately, we don't have the ultra cold weather some parts of the country experience.  When the fireplace isn't in use, I am certain to close the damper.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 2 years ago


We were out for breakfast at the Cold Spring Tavern.  It is a converted Stagecoach stop from the 1800, and they had a real fire burning this morning, it was 42 degrees.

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 2 years ago

You make a lot of great points, William.  We converted our last "real" fireplace over to propane.  I like having the alternative source of heat but not the disadvantages of the wood issues.

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) about 2 years ago

William the last time we were at a place where they had a real fire-place burning wood was at the Highland's Inn in Carmel CA... we do not burn wood or even turn on the gas version at home....BTW great points, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 2 years ago


Keeps us warm when needed and we can even cook on it.  

Posted by Dan Tabit (Keller Williams Bellevue) about 2 years ago

I recently had a buyer that wanted a real fireplace. When they found out how much it would cost to build, they quickly changed their minds.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) about 2 years ago

Morning William.

Thanks but no thanks, I'll stick to either gas or electric.  I remember when we had one a very long time ago.  It was nice, but not for me

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 2 years ago

Great points Bill.   If the power goes out at least you can keep from freezing up

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 about 2 years ago

And don't forget to clean the chimney or flue to your wood burning fireplace or stove.  Burning a hot fire helps to minimize the build up of cresote which is the main cause of chimney fires.  My husband is a retired chimneysmith. The stories he can tell, oh my.

Posted by Leanne Smith, Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom (Dirt Road Real Estate) about 2 years ago