Best way to have a wood fireplace?
We are building a custom house, and are nearing our final planning stages before bids with our architect. We are planning to have a wood fireplace on the ground floor, within the building envelope. When it is burning, it will likely to burned with any glass doors on the fireplace open, for aesthetic reasons. It is only going to be used as a heat source as an occasional backup. What are the best ways to minimize the energy problems of an wood fireplace? It’ll probably be a zero-clearance type of fireplace. My husband will not agree to a gas or wood stove, so don’t even suggest it! Nor will he agree to having the wood fireplace outside on the patio instead. I’ve done searches on GBA and haven’t seen any discussion about wood fireplaces and how to make the most of them. Thanks!
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