Adding a fireplace to a home that never had one

jlc102482February 25, 2013

I would like to add a fireplace in my 1857 home, which never had a fireplace and was originally heated by parlor stoves. I know it's not exactly "right" of me to do, but then again I don't live in a house museum where I need to follow very strict guidelines, either. My plan was to use only salvaged materials and take the fireplace to about 1870, using an Eastlake marbelized slate mantle and surround, and use majolica and encaustic tiles for the surround and hearth floor. I attached a link to a photo of what I'd like the finished product to look like.

I thought I would do a gel fuel fireplace, which would allow for semi-realistic looking ceramic logs and an open, crackling flame (unlike a gas fireplace, which is hidden behind glass and doesn't crackle).

So, fellow old house owners, what do you think? Is this an insult to my old house, or an enhancement? I haven't quite made up my mind.

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I like the look, although I don't know anything about gel fuel fireplaces. I am confused by your statement that a gas fireplace is hidden behind glass--my fireplace (natural gas) has nice realistic looking oak logs, and lives happily behind my bronze/cast iron surround and it's open grille-work front. Granted, it doesn't crackle, but the flames are open and look real, and put out heat.

Since I had a chimney already, I just hooked a new set of logs (once I found some small enough to fit the area) up to the existing piping. If you are going for an insertish thing, I think they make ventless ones...and I thought it was an option on any of them to remove the glass panels?

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