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Anyone have experience with a Rumford fireplace?

Posted by kelhuck (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 14, 12 at 10:09

I just recently heard about these fireplaces (although, technically, it's a fireplace DESIGN) and wondered if anyone had any experiences- good or bad- with them?

To summarize the fireplace, it utilizes a narrow flue to create an updraft and is supposedly very clean and efficient. The design was invented in the 1700s.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Return of the Rumford Fireplace on treehugger


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RE: Anyone have experience with a Rumford fireplace?

The house that I grew up in and one that my parents still live in now both had rumford fireplaces. They really throw the heat out into the room and there is barely ever any smoke. When we build our next house we will put them in. Our current house does not have a rumford and we had to put gas logs in because of poor design.


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RE: Anyone have experience with a Rumford fireplace?

Thanks for the feedback! Sounds like a really great fireplace!


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RE: Anyone have experience with a Rumford fireplace?

Came across this Rumsford kit demonstration on Youtube. I believe there are at least two companies offering this type of construction.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rumsford step by step


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RE: Anyone have experience with a Rumford fireplace?

Here's another Rumford install video link below...... "See the October 2008 issue of Harrowsmith Country Life magazine for an article featuring the construction."

Here is a link that might be useful: time lapse Rumford


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RE: Anyone have experience with a Rumford fireplace?

I was very interested in the Renaissance Rumford fireplace...until I asked for the installed price...

Here is a link that might be useful: Renaissance


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RE: Anyone have experience with a Rumford fireplace?

@whallyden- well, I should have seen that coming! I always fall in love with things that are outside of my budget! :) I haven't talked with anyone about the costs in our area yet, but now I'll know to be ready for the sticker shock.


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