I had one once, you could only feel a warm from it with the door to it open, all of the heat seemed to go up the chimney, and your back was freezing! I like a fire that you have to move your chair back from as the heat is melting your face I've only found that with coal/log fires (admittedly against my one comparison with that log burner).
Have you confirmed that you aren't within a smoke control area? If so then you are limited by the types of fuel you can burn or to certain approved wood fired stove options.
I had one once, you could only feel a warm from it with the door to it open, all of the heat seemed to go up the chimney,
I have no idea what you mean: backwards? A woodburner, in my experience, puts out minimal heat, gets a horribly discoloured glass door, and crucially, makes no crackling sounds!
I put them in the same bracket as gel fires, fake coal gas fires etc: a false pretense of a real fire. What is the point in pretending to have a real fire when you can have one!
I think whether you can convert a fireplace back to a real fire hinges on whether the house is old enough for the chimney to have been designed for a real fire. If it was, then it depends on the condition of the chimney.That's very interesting. When you say:
'My wife much prefers the look of a cast iron insert to a log burner so we're going to compromise on the efficiency for appearance and cost.'
I must say, I agree with your wife! As the houses I am interested in buying have central heating anyway, I want the fire more for appearance and atmosphere rather than as an efficient way to heat the room. The trouble is that so many houses these days have woodburners that I am likely to have to replace a woodburner with an open fire insert.
I can find very little advice on how to do this, as most people seem to want to do it the other way around!
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