Wildebeest wrote:We have 3 fire places one of which is a two way ( opens up to the family room and to the library ). Because of this we had multiple fire place experts over to see how we light a fire without the house turning in a smoke pit and the fire alarms going off. We ended up with vacuum fan on top of the chimney which we can turn up to the max and makes it sound like a truck engine is running in the house but the fires we have are amazing. Little smoke and we have a fire most nights when the temperature is below 60 degree.
With houses being made tighter and tighter this has definitely been a problem I've seen quite a bit. I actually open up a nearby door for a few minutes whenever I start a fire in our house. That helps considerably.
As far as gratuitous items in our house, I honest can't think of one. But I also don't have a:
formal dining room
I guess I got lucky.
Oh wait, I did think of one. I have a mother-in-law that lives in our basement!