I remember growing up that every house had a red brick fireplace enclosed in awful cloudy glass with brass trim. It looked just terrible, but I guess the thinking was that by containing the heat, the fire would help actually heat the room—ambience be damned. For heat, it’s probably more effective to do a wood stove type of thing (see my freestanding fireplace post); my in-laws have one in their kitchen in Connecticut and it’s so toast.
Poking around my Pinterest boards for fireplaces, I am happy to report that the glass enclosed fireplace has received a much needed update. Apparently they’re called authentic balanced flue gas fires. A balanced flue is a glass fronted gas appliance, which is completely sealed from the room into which it’s installed and vents directly to an outside wall. Air is drawn in from the outside for combustion purposes increasing its efficiency through an outer pipe, whilst the inner pipe vents the combustion gases outside. Got that?
The 17 fireplaces below seem to be of the balanced flue variety, though I’m no expert. In any case, they’re all cozy and I’d love to install one into my non-working fireplaces in Boston.
Elizabeth Roberts/Ensemble Architecture
Photo from Linnea Press
Photo by Lars Kaslov for Bo Bedre
Stone panels by TotalStone