Do fireplace heaters really work

spartan77777February 9, 2011

I have been looking at fireplace heaters as a supplemental and emergency heating alternative online.

I am talking about the type that consists of multiple vertical pipes that air fed through a blower such as the ones from woodlanddirect. I would like to know if anyone using them and what their experience is. Thanks.

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You're talking about the tubular grates, correct?

Yeah, they work.

But they work best with a set of glass doors designed to go with that specific grate heater.

The biggest drawback to fireplaces is that they often suck more heat out of the house than they provide. That's the nature of the chimney effect.

By fitting glass doors, providing for controlled combustion air (best is adjustable vents in the firebox), and using the heater grate you can actually recover a fair amount of heat.

Of course, the very best thing is a fireplace insert, essentially a sealed stove with the blowers.

Far more expensive, but far more efficient.

My Aunt and Uncle have a 2,000 square foot ranch in Central Pennsylvania. They burned about $18 of heating oil last year. All the rest of their heat came from the fireplace insert with the blower.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2011 at 12:39PM
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