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Are fireplaces inefficient?
I just love fireplaces but I've heard you lose a lot of hot air from the home and that they're mostly for show and not really for heating.
Absolutely not!!! Not only are they pretty and relaxing and romantic (wink wink!!) I actually lowered my gas bill by about $80-100 a month in the winter. Looking for cheap wood??... find a neighbor who is having a tree cut down and ask the company what they do with the tree. I heated my house for about 3 yrs. from a house down the block. I asked the tree guys what they did with it and they said they were going to chip it. I asked them if there was any way they could not chip it and just load it onto my truck in kinda manageable sizes and drove it home. The only expense I had was going to Home Depot to rent a log splitter for 2 days and a case of beer for my husband and his friends to split and stack the wood up in the back yard under a tarp!!