Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008
Subject: Fireplace Fender
I am really enjoying our Rumford fireplace. You have helped me create a really nice improvement on our cabin. I've included a picture below of the new fireplace complete with crane. It works amazingly well and I can feel the heat from it all the way across the cabin (sixteen feet away) and the radiant component can be easily measured by just having someone stand in the way and then move. Very nice. The mantle, by the way, is the threshold from my great, great, grandfather's cabin, the original structure on the site dating back to the 1880's. The stone for the walls was cut from an arch created in the basement of my grandfather's hotel to connect two large basements in 1929. The result was the Rio Rita Ballroom, a Southern Illinois hotspot for a few decades!
Since we have stone floors and a tile hearth, a screen isn't really a necessity, but we wouldn't mind some sort of fender to help retain the logs since we are now building the fire higher, teepee style, instead of log cabin style. We've been looking for a fireplace fender, but all we seem to come up with are brass, very fancy, Victorian style fenders. I'd like something that is more in keeping with the crane we bought from you. Any suggestions?
Joseph C. Bates
Buckley Rumford Fireplaces
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