Are you in the design stages of building a home or addition? Do you want a fireplace that is not only beautiful but makes the room very warm and cozy? There is nothing better than spending a winter night next to a roaring fire. If you are interested in adding one of these or you are in the building process already you should consider a Rumford fireplace and all the benefits that it offers.
A lot of people have heard of a Rumford fireplace, but not many really are sure what it is.
As you begin to compare a Rumford fireplace to more traditional options you will soon find that there are multiple advantages. From the start it is easy to see that these fireplaces are tall and shallow. This allows the fireplace to radiate more heat. Rumford fireplaces have a streamlined throat that helps carry smoke away without losing heat from the house.
Part of the genius of the throat system is how it eliminates any turbulence for the smoke. The design is smooth and reduces to a narrow opening. This creates an increase in velocity and shoots the smoke out while reducing the pulling of unnecessary heated room air into the chimney. This allows for a taller fireplace opening, sometimes up to a foot or more!
The facade of the fireplace can be customized by using brick or stone, marble or tile. None of the finishing design elements affects the performance of the Rumford.
Who is a Rumford for?
Is a Rumford fireplace right for me? Well, this all depends on what you are looking for. Typically this type of fireplace is perfect for those who enjoy the crackling of wood burning, very warm heat and the smell of a good fire. This is a wood burning enthusiast’s fireplace for sure. It is also appealing to the person who wishes to be able to provide heat for their home especially during a winter storm event such as a blizzard or ice storm that we often encounter in New England’s winters. It is also emission friendly. It is the only fireplace that is as clean burning as high performance woodstoves. There are very little smoke emissions from a properly built Rumford.
When you compare the financial benefits of a Rumford fireplace to those that require gas or oil it is easy to see why these are making a comeback. Believe it or not Rumford fireplaces have been around for several hundred years. In fact they were most common between 1796 and 1850 when people relied on wood to heat their homes. While they died off in popularity for a few years, now more than ever people are once again looking into adding one of these to their home.
Benefits of a Rumford Fireplace
There is no denying the many options that you have when it comes to installing a fireplace in your home. In today’s day and age, you don’t even need a chimney. While there is nothing wrong with a portable electric fireplace for example, these do not have nearly as much character or benefits as a Rumford.
Here are some of the many benefits:
- Real masonry, built to last
- Very good radiant heaters
- Classic look and feel
- Real wood burning unit
- Tall, shallow and elegant appearance
- Safety net for power outages and various winter emergencies
- Can help offset the rising price of heating oil and gas
- Burns cleaner with less smoke emissions
Does a Rumford Fireplace cost more than a regular fireplace?
At JB Mohler Masonry we consider a true Rumford to be built following the specifications found at Rumford.com. The Rumford fireplace is more than the dimensions of the firebox. It is the curved and tapered throat that has a precise measurement from the top of the firebox. On top of that is a smoke chamber built to exact specifications.
To go through the effort to craft such an iconic and functional fireplace, as the Rumford, it only makes sense to follow the instructions.
That said it is more costly to construct a proper Rumford as compared to our standard fireplace installations, although most don’t consider it a deal breaker. This is by most standards the best radiant heating fireplace that can be built. For comparison it is probably less than upgrading to a granite countertop.
Are you interested in a Rumford Fireplace?
If you have fallen in love with the benefits of a Rumford fireplace and its beautiful appearance it is important to find a qualified masonry contractor with installation experience. At JB Mohler Masonry we have built many Rumford fireplaces and it is our passion to build authentic New England masonry fireplaces. It doesn't get any more authentic than building a fireplace named after its inventor who was born Benjamin Thompson in Woburn, Massachusetts in 1753.
It is hard for many people to believe that Rumford fireplaces have been popular for more than 200 years. When you add one of these to your home you are getting more than the benefits of the fireplace itself. You are also giving your home a unique and classic look and feel that has been a historical icon for centuries.
Contact JB Mohler Masonry for yourself and see the difference first hand. Our commitment to you is the masonry chimney we build today will be one of the best chimneys you can have built! Call today for a no hassle free consultation. 978-365-6800
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