I wanted to let you know that I am new to the fireplace building scene, but I could think of no better source than your web page and your ideas on what a true fireplace could be. About two years ago, my wife and I began plans to build a new home, and when it came to the fireplace, I asked my father (who had two beautiful fireplaces built for him) what I should look for in a fireplace. He said one word: Rumford. (I assume he would have said "Buckley Rumford" had he been more properly educated....) Well, this being the information age, I immediately did web searches on Rumford and came across your initial web page.
I soaked in all of your information, and began my education process. Alas, the fireplace did not make the final budgetary cut.
Probably heavily related to that cut, here we are two years later building again.
I am shocked and saddened by the lack of knowledge regarding masonry fireplaces that seems to exist here in the great north woods (Minnesota). It borders on anti-masonry. When I mention the word fireplace, the first word that comes out of a builders mouth is "gas". I cannot believe that in the short time from when I was a child growing up in front of a roaring fire to the time when I am looking to build my first fireplace that there has been such a swing in the art and magic of building a fire.
Anyway, I wanted to say that I am grateful that there exists a site like this that we can send these "heathens" to be educated.
I was wondering if I could ask a few questions.....
Again, I appreciate all the information that you have prepared here, and it is comforting to know that there are services that you offer, when needed.
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