Welcome to Fireplace for Heat!

It is not easy to find information on effective usage of an open fireplace. An internet search will often enough bring up articles stating that an open fireplace is inefficient, or possibly even “negatively efficient” (that it looses more heat than it produces).

This website provides clear and simple information to better understand an open fireplace and how to build an effective fire (the most important part). It will also help clear up misinformation about open fireplaces and provide links for further research.

It is useful to first understand how an open fireplace provides heat, so let’s begin with learning about radiant heat.