Insert vs Firebox vs Fireplace please help!!!!!!!
I had the pleasure of having a chimney fire a month ago. Nothing major happened and insurance is covering everything which includes tearing down and replacing my chimney and fireplace.
http://picasaweb.google.com/ahreno/NiceHousePictures#5098326681503635522 (-- as you can see the chimney is a major part of the curb appeal of the house so it will be rebuilt on the outside to match. However I'm free to do the inside however I like.
I've pretty much decided on wood but could be convinced to pellet. Gas is probably out as the house isn't plumbed for it.
here is a picture inside: http://picasaweb.google.com/ahreno/NiceHousePictures#5098326406625728178
I'd like to get something a little bit more efficient (A LOT more efficient actually). The fireplace is the main sorce of heat for the downstairs which is 900sq ft. I'll probably put some vents in so the heat can get upstairs as well.
I am debating getting the fireplace rebuilt with the intentions of putting in an insert OR putting in a wood fire box instead.
The benefit of the firebox is it's WAY cheaper since i dont need a full chimney... just the stove piping and then a brick face (to retain the original look). The firebox is a bit more efficient than the insert (73% compared to 65%) and comes with a blower.
What are some of your thoughts on this? Is there anything wrong with doing a fire box? anything i'd regret?
Thanks so much