Fireplace vs energy-efficiency

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Fireplace vs energy-efficiency

I'm striving for a net zero house in northern CA zone 11, which I think is a zone 3B on the US map. 6 inch blown cellulose walls with 1 " outside foam, R50 blown ceiling; mini-splits on each level. Here's the issue; my wife wants a fireplace for aesthetic reasons; I would prefer a wood stove with glass front as a supplemental heat source. . She's ok with an insert in the fireplace.
Is there technology that will make the insert a supplemental heater and not blow half my heat budget up the chimney when it's not on? Blowers to get more heat output? Your thoughts appreciated.

Asked by Michael McKinley
Posted Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:35

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