do fire backs and heating grates work?
I've got this magnificent brick fireplace in the center of my house, and would like it to throw off optimum heat when in use. I do not want to invest in an insert or in a freestanding stove, so these options are off the table.
Do fire backs, either steel or cast iron, actually cast more heat into a room? If so, what should I look for?
Also, do those tubular wood grates, with or without blowers, work? Some of them are pricey, so here again, I need your suggestions.