Fireplace Help (again)
We're trying to make some decisions regarding the fireplace in our family room (new build, traditional style). We have been spoiled by living in antique homes with rather gorgeous fireplaces. I fully understand that a traditional masoned fireplace is not as efficient as a wood buning insert or gas. But our family, especially the kids, have developed a bit of a tradition of laying in front of the fire so the ambiance is really what we're after. The cost of a full masoned fireplace came in rather high. Rather high is actually an understatement. Anyhow, we went to a fireplace store today and while I have accepted doing a pre-fab fireplace my DH is struggling big time. He doesn't think the brick on the interior looks ok and the person at the store kept saying it will throw *no* heat so now he's wondering if it will throw even less heat than a masoned FP because it doesn't have the full stone surround? ANYHOW. My questions are these: Can anyone recommend a pre-fab wood burning fireplace that looks as close as possible to a masoned one? Today we looked at Heat&Glo and Heatilator. They directed us towards the Heatilator Birmingham brochure but did not have one on display.
Is there a performance difference between a pre-fab and fully masoned fireplace?
Any advice is appreciated!