Do you know why early chimneys were wider than their modern day counterparts? They needed to be wide enough for a chimney sweep to squeeze through. Many early chimneys weren’t made of brick and mortar, either. They were, in fact, made of wood lined with clay or of ‘waddle and daub’ – woven wood lined with clay, straw, and even dung. These structures were highly flammable and unsafe, resulting in the loss of many homes!

Another problem with early chimneys? The layout of the bricks or other building material. Instead of creating a smooth interior, there were many dips and crevices. This meant that the chemicals in the smoke had many places to which to adhere and build up. Thus, again, a formula for chimney fires just waiting to happen. Fortunately, there were scientists that were concerned enough with the loss of lives and property from chimney fires. They were willing to study the problem and come up with some safer solutions. So, soon chimneys became safer and more efficient. One of these men was Benjamin Thompson, also known as Count Rumford.

Looking for a Better Way

Count Rumford was looking to eliminate many of the problems associated with burning a fire in your home; mainly, he was looking to get rid of the smoke filled room. He decreased the size of the cooking area. In addition, he got rid of the chimney that was built on the outside of a home and replaced it with one that could be installed into the walls of the home. He also made sure that smoke was directed up and out through the chimney, rather than back into the home. Around this same time, Count Rumford also created a cook stove that allowed heat to be regulated by adjusting the draft. These two systems were the forerunners of the Bellfires Fireplace as we know it today, a system that helps heat your home in an efficient and effective manner!

Benefits of a Bellfires Fireplace

With a Bellfires Fireplace, you will still get a real fire experience. A wood burning fire on an open hearth, snapping flames, and that wonderful crackling sound.  However, Bellfires Fireplaces have extra benefits! Due to their design, your wood will burn hotter, which means that the wood will burn completely! No more half burned logs left when you’re done with the fire for the night. Also, this hot burn means that you are getting a more efficient fire, which means more heat into your room and less up the chimney. This will mean lower heating bills as well.

Chim Cheroo Installs Bellfires Fireplaces

Are you looking for that real fireplace experience, but want a more efficient fire that can help heat your home? If so, call Chim Cheroo Chimney Service and ask about having a Bellsfires Refractory Fireplace installed in your home. After a few winter nights spent cuddling up in front of your cozy, crackling fire, you’ll be glad you did!