Featured in This Old House Magazine January/February, 1997
The photographers, out of Seattle, only had two days for the job. They wanted to photograph the firebox being built - and then the next day finish up with me posing in front of a fire!
Todd Taylor, a mason in Seattle, came out to help. We built the foundation, a 30" Rumford and roughed in a small oven on the first day. We got the living room ready, set the mantel and even painted the wall.
At show time, with the photographers snapping pictures, we built the fireplace in the Den behind the living room fireplace, getting about as far as shown in the picture above. Then we finished the fireplace in the living room and built the chimney up to the ceiling.
Next morning, with the chimney barely through the ceiling and venting directly into the attic, we started a fire in the "finished" living room Rumford for the final pictures.
In the end the editors of This Old House used a picture of Norm Abram's Rumford. I guess I was sort of red in the face and the situation too confusing as a result of my wife and our designer, up in the attic with plant misters, announcing every spark emitting from the flue. It was pretty exciting.
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