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Do you have one? Do you use it?

Yes, I have one and use it.
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Yes, but I don't use it.
6 (22.2%)
I have a safer alternative.
2 (7.4%)
No, I don't have one.
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Do you have a fireplace?
« on: September 21, 2021, 02:23:40 AM »
:cold: The cold is coming for some of us soon.

I've lived in one house with a fireplace, my parent's house. We never used it though and blocked it off. There were bats living in it for a while. The chimney was all rotted but was fixed a few years ago. I guess it's useable? No one knew anything about fireplaces and we live in Florida where it gets cold for maybe a week or two. So not using it wasn't a big deal. There's a bookcase in front of it ^.^

I do love the smell of smoldering wood, it's one of my favorite scents. I wouldn't be comfortable with a real fireplace though. An electric one paired with scented oil or a candle would be nice. I like the ones that look real and have a crackling sound effect.

Have you ever watched a fireplace video? :P They're pretty neat and nice to fall asleep to, but of course don't come with heat.

How popular are real fireplaces in your country? Do you have one? How often do you use it? :)
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Re: Do you have a fireplace?
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2021, 02:29:44 AM »
We have a gas-lit, wood burning fireplace so we dont have to worry about lighting it.  But it needs to be cleaned out, we haven't done that in a few years.  So it has been decorated for Christmas but not used. 
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Re: Do you have a fireplace?
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2021, 03:37:57 AM »
I live in a small apartment on the third floor, so no fireplace.
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Re: Do you have a fireplace?
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2021, 05:08:07 AM »
I spent most of my youth in a house heated with a wood-burning stove, but since then I haven't had one in any form.  I do miss it...not the smell so much as the way it was kind of the center of family life in the winter. 
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Re: Do you have a fireplace?
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2021, 05:20:36 AM »
I actually have one lit right now :D
I live in Sweden and the winters are cold. I think it's pretty common for houses, especially older houses, around here to have one. In some really old houses it's not uncommon to find a fireplace in several of the rooms (my sisters house have 4 fireplaces but they only use one)
The autumn mornings are starting to get pretty chilly now and since I work at home I recently started to light one for the first few hours every morning when the weather is chilly like today.
It's extremly cozy and soothing to just sit here with my morning coffee with just the sound of the crackling wood, the smell and the dancing flames. :heart:
And of course the electricity bill goes down a bit since we can heat up the house with the fireplace instead.

The only downside to having a fireplace is that it's not particulary funny to head outside to the shed in a raging blizzard to get more firewood and of course it needs to be cleaned once in a while too. But the result is always worth it in my book :)
 

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Re: Do you have a fireplace?
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2021, 05:50:07 AM »
We've got one in our house but I couldn't tell you the last time we actually used the thing. :P The heater does us fine enough.
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Re: Do you have a fireplace?
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2021, 11:02:34 AM »
I actually have one lit right now :D
I live in Sweden and the winters are cold. I think it's pretty common for houses, especially older houses, around here to have one. In some really old houses it's not uncommon to find a fireplace in several of the rooms (my sisters house have 4 fireplaces but they only use one)
The autumn mornings are starting to get pretty chilly now and since I work at home I recently started to light one for the first few hours every morning when the weather is chilly like today.
It's extremly cozy and soothing to just sit here with my morning coffee with just the sound of the crackling wood, the smell and the dancing flames. :heart:
And of course the electricity bill goes down a bit since we can heat up the house with the fireplace instead.

The only downside to having a fireplace is that it's not particulary funny to head outside to the shed in a raging blizzard to get more firewood and of course it needs to be cleaned once in a while too. But the result is always worth it in my book :)
 

Same here in Finland. :fireplace:

I live in a rented apartment with no fireplace. My parents have one, though, as well as a wood-burning stove and a wood-burning sauna. They don't use the fireplace as it doesn't work properly, but sometimes burn candles in it for a cosy atmosphere. :D The fireplace is located in what now effectively serves as a laundry room and dressing room (adjacent to the sauna) so it's not too practical anyway... (If you wonder why, it's an older house that my parents have renovated quite a lot over the years, adding more rooms etc. :P The part with the sauna used to have a separate entry, I still remember having to run around the house in my bathrobe when I was a kid! Not too fun in the winter...) The kitchen stove is something they do use actively, mainly for heat rather than cooking. It's not much to watch but you do get to listen to the lovely crackling sound!
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Re: Do you have a fireplace?
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2021, 03:19:47 PM »
My house has one. It's really nice to use in the winter^^ We also used it as a light source when our power was out a couple years ago.
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Re: Do you have a fireplace?
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2021, 04:06:55 PM »
Not in my apartment and I am ok with it.
The traditional wooden version is more common at the countryside. And those who have a lot to spend will create a modern version of a fireplace in their house :) 

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Re: Do you have a fireplace?
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2021, 04:08:00 PM »
We have a fireplace, but it’s gas powered. We use it a lot in the winter, and our dogs (and the late cat) would always roast themselves in front of it. We watched, and they’d just roll over when one side was too warm.
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Re: Do you have a fireplace?
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2021, 04:19:44 PM »
Not since I was six years old. We lived for nine months in a cottage with a coal fire though.

Although I suppose we do have a gas fire and fireplace but it's not a real fire as such, just ornamental.
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Re: Do you have a fireplace?
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2021, 06:06:07 PM »
We have one and I don't use it very frequently since it's not in a space I am in that much, but my Dad will light it a lot. :)
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Re: Do you have a fireplace?
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2021, 10:49:29 PM »
Yes, we use it in the winter because heating can get very expensive.
It's also really useful for cooking if the power is out :)

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Re: Do you have a fireplace?
« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2021, 12:46:44 AM »
Both my childhood home and my current home have fireplaces.  But my parents hooked up wood burning stoves to both.  They come in handy when the power goes out in winter storms.
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Re: Do you have a fireplace?
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2021, 02:27:01 AM »
From me, almost the same words as Annie and Griffin have written.  ^.^

My house has two large wood burning fireplaces.  :heart: Now I could already start warming them up because the night frosts are coming and the days are also cold. :heart:
Firewood should still be bought a little more in the woodshed so that we can cope over the winter to spring.  :wonder: Of course, we also have electric radiators and an air-source heat pump to bring in additional heat, but it will then appear "comfortably" on the electric bill.  >_<

In my former residence, in addition to the two fireplaces, there was also a wood-burning stove in the kitchen. It was wonderful and I miss it! It was nice to make food with it and at the same time quickly got heat into the house.  :sad: :heart:

 

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