It is still unbelievably cold here.
We have a fireplace that is ducted throughout the house. Thirty or so years ago it was our only source of heat, along with a few baseboard heaters in a few of the rooms. Then years ago we finally installed a furnace and air conditioning system. And we largely quit using the fire place. What a shame.
We always find a reason to build fires in the little wood stove rather than the fireplace. Two of the biggest reasons is the work of hauling in big logs and the dirt it leaves behind. Another reason for not using it is that it “eats wood”. I know – all fire places eat wood, but this one really gobbles it up like a hungry teenager. And unbelievable as it may sound, if you don’t contain the fire, the house becomes unbearably hot. Even with the thermostat, the fire box gets so hot that it is difficult to control. So… we don’t use the fire place very often. But we did last night.
The temperatures dipped below 0 and I’ll have to tell you a fire was never more appealing and warming than this one last night. It was so toasty warm that I couldn’t make myself get off my butt to get the camera to take a picture, but rather used my cell phone and took this mediocre shot. I might just have to rev it up again tonight. Jim is working and I’m pretty sure a nice warm fire would be a nice surprise to come home to. What do you think? Should I?