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#1  Postby Macdoc » Sep 24, 2017 7:51 pm



http://www.portablefireplace.com/blog/5 ... ireplaces/

We just added it to the bucket list for the house.

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#2  Postby I'm With Stupid » Sep 24, 2017 8:10 pm

Your house has a bucket list? I didn't even realise they died.
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#3  Postby archibald » Sep 24, 2017 11:16 pm

Does it play that sexy music too?
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#4  Postby Macdoc » Sep 25, 2017 4:56 am

Likely an in app purchase :D

of course this is free and the musics not bad at all

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#5  Postby Cito di Pense » Sep 25, 2017 6:15 am

The music? "Due to the large volume of calls we are receiving this morning, there will be a short delay before your call can be answered. Your call will be answered in the order it was received; the current wait-time is ... 240 ... minutes."
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#6  Postby crank » Sep 25, 2017 10:56 am

It's a cool idea, looks really good. Unfortunately, as soon as I saw what it was, it looked a lot like lighted steam instead of flame.

Now, the people with the logs on display, I'm not sure why, but I have a strong desire to use them to burn the aholes alive. Maybe it's too much Game of Thrones, maybe not.
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#7  Postby SafeAsMilk » Sep 26, 2017 1:29 am

I aspire to having an actual fireplace in a future home, as much of a pain as that would be. For now I watch the video, very satisfying! Some of my relatives have electric ones which are somewhat satisfying, but there's something about it being blocked off by glass that makes it seem more like a display than a fireplace. Still, the heat is nice.
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#8  Postby DavidMcC » Sep 26, 2017 4:06 pm

I have an "actual fireplace", but can never use it these days, because I live in what has become a smokeles zone, and had the chimney flues sealed off when the wobbly old Victorian chimney pots were removed for safety reasons. They are massive, and would probably smash through the roof, then through the floor below, if they ever blew over in a gale). However, the fireplace itself (also Victorian) is very beautiful, with its original Victorian tiles and wrought ironwork.
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#9  Postby The_Piper » Sep 26, 2017 4:54 pm

My house had a small wood cook stove in it, but I removed it, I have sensitive lungs. I did use it for a while.
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#10  Postby TopCat » Sep 26, 2017 5:43 pm

Ah yes, fake coal fires.

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#11  Postby The_Metatron » Sep 26, 2017 5:55 pm

Not really first world. Every one of us that is happy with the occasional fireplace display for the price of a few tens of watts of electricity instead of a proper heat sucking out of the house carbon dumping into the atmosphere pollution generator that is a proper fireplace isn't doing any of those things that fireplaces do. Everyone benefits.


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#12  Postby The_Metatron » Sep 26, 2017 5:56 pm

But, I do like the heat of a coal fire.


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#13  Postby SafeAsMilk » Sep 26, 2017 6:10 pm

DavidMcC wrote:I have an "actual fireplace", but can never use it these days, because I live in what has become a smokeles zone, and had the chimney flues sealed off when the wobbly old Victorian chimney pots were removed for safety reasons. They are massive, and would probably smash through the roof, then through the floor below, if they ever blew over in a gale). However, the fireplace itself (also Victorian) is very beautiful, with its original Victorian tiles and wrought ironwork.

That's a shame you can't use it, though I guess in terms of safety (and environment as Meta has noted) it's a good thing. Might be bad for the environment, but the smell is wonderful. I also lived in a place with a non-working fireplace but a beautiful hearth, I used to keep a stand with candles in it.
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#14  Postby OlivierK » Sep 27, 2017 12:00 am

I think it's ironic that the source of heat for these fireplaces is the sort of halogen lightbulbs people like me are ripping out of their downlights and replacing with LEDs. We could get the same effect of warming our living room by switching between halogen bulbs in winter, and LEDs in summer :lol:
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#15  Postby Macdoc » Sep 27, 2017 5:26 am

There is some atavistic appeal ..not to mention easy on the eyes of watching a softly crackling fire.

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#16  Postby crank » Sep 27, 2017 7:11 am

Burning real logs in a fireplace doesn't really add to the carbon dioxide problem, it just goes to make the next batch of trees. That's too simplistic, but I don't think, at least here in the states, that we're over-logging when it comes to fireplace fuel. Sam Harris went on a long spiel about how unhealthy the emissions can be awhile back, though. He made it sound like sitting in front of a nice fire for a few hours was worse than smoking a pack of cigarettes. That's the impression that lingers after years since I heard him talk about it. It's really hard to beat a nice fire that you get to tend to and fuss over. maybe I'm just a pyro.
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#17  Postby The_Piper » Sep 27, 2017 11:34 am

crank wrote:Burning real logs in a fireplace doesn't really add to the carbon dioxide problem, it just goes to make the next batch of trees. That's too simplistic, but I don't think, at least here in the states, that we're over-logging when it comes to fireplace fuel. Sam Harris went on a long spiel about how unhealthy the emissions can be awhile back, though. He made it sound like sitting in front of a nice fire for a few hours was worse than smoking a pack of cigarettes. That's the impression that lingers after years since I heard him talk about it. It's really hard to beat a nice fire that you get to tend to and fuss over. maybe I'm just a pyro.

Wood burns much much dirtier than home heating fuel. It is also bad for your lungs, think second hand smoke, but worse when the smoke blows towards you. Having a wood stove in the house also lets in ash and dust in very fine particles that get lodged in your lungs.
Depending on population density, topography, climatic conditions and combustion equipment used, wood heating may substantially contribute to air pollution, particularly particulates. The conditions in which wood is burnt will greatly influence the content of the emission.[citation needed] Particulate air pollution can contribute to human health problems and increased hospital admissions for asthma & heart diseases.[9]

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#18  Postby felltoearth » Sep 27, 2017 12:35 pm

A friend of mine inherited a Happy Thoughts woodstove like the one in the picture when he bought his great aunt's farm when she passed.

He had it restored and it was wonderful (he's in an old age home now.) He made apple butter and slow simmered beans. The best was roast chicken stuffed with wild garlic and leeks that we collected from the woods. Happy Thoughts indeed.

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#19  Postby felltoearth » Sep 27, 2017 12:56 pm

Piper is right though. There are issues.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/ ... -1.4302729

Mile End residents raise concerns over smoke from beloved bagel bakeries

While Mile End has been a hotspot for traditional Montreal-style bagels for more than half a century, some residents are becoming concerned with the health and environmental risks associated with baking the tasty classic.
Carcinogens associated with wood smoke from shops like St-Viateur Bagel and Fairmount Bagel Bakery have become an increasing matter of public concern in recent years, said resident Sarah Gilbert.
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#20  Postby crank » Sep 27, 2017 1:27 pm

I'm not disputing the facts. Maybe some things are worth the risk. They were complaining about fireplace smoke in California back in the 1700s. And I just found out the Romans recorded suits involving smoke pollution. Don't listen to me, one winter I resorted to firing up the burner from a turkey fryer kit to keep my small bedroom warm enough.
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