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Install A Bellfire Fireplace Today

At SirVent Chimney, we strongly encourage homeowners to always invest in a professionally trained and CSIA certified chimney sweep for all of their installation needs. If you’re ready to have a new fireplace put into your living space, trust in our expert crew to get the job done right! We offer top-of-the-line fireplace models that will leave you more than satisfied year after year. One of these is the Bellfire Fireplace.

History Behind Bellfires

In the late 1700s, the Count of Rumford saw the need for a more efficient way to run a fireplace. Since fire was the main source of heat for homes back then, Rumford was determined to find a way for them to produce good heat without leaving families with a house full of smoke and fumes. Research combined with trial and error led him to make great strides in the fireplace world, which is how Rumford Fireplaces eventually came to be.

At SirVent Chimney, we proudly sell and install Rumfords, and love what they contribute to the aesthetic of homes in the area. In addition to Rumfords, we also like to showcase a different type of fireplace that was brought about in the 1900s by a man named Dr. Peter Rosin. Rosin took a different approach towards the study of fireplaces and focused on enhancing function and efficiency.

Later, Bell of England took Rosin’s studies and created the Bellfire Fireplace. Ever since, it has been a popular choice for homeowners as they learn of the countless benefits they bring to a living space. Get everything you want and more from one of our Bellfire Fireplaces today! Our team of experts has the tools and technology necessary for getting the job done right. Make the right choice by calling on us today!

Why A Bellfire?

So, what does a Bellfire Fireplace contribute to a household? Well, for one thing, you’ll end up saving money month to month! These fireplaces don’t use a fan at all and depend only on refractory materials to radiate heat back into your living space. This means no energy is wasted and less money is spent on electrical bills! Along with this, Bellfires require less fuel, which means you won’t be forced to purchase firewood over and over again.

If you chop, store, and season your own wood, don’t worry about hauling and stacking wood all winter long. These units require less maintenance and don’t need to be refueled as often as other models. You’ll get stronger heat output, without all the extra work, for hours and hours!

Worried about a smokey living room? Not with a Bellfire! Their unique shape and design require less airflow than a traditional fireplace, which means drafting and smoke back-up isn’t something you should ever have to worry about.

We Can Get It Done

If you’re ready to complete the look and feel of your home, trust in us to install your dream fireplace today. When fall comes back around, you will be all set and ready to go on that first cold day! Pick up the phone, so that we can help you out soon!

Why You Should Think About a Rumford Fireplace

Fireplaces have been around since the dawn of housing in one shape or another. For hundreds of years fire was the only way to heat buildings and with indoor fires you need a fireplace. It wasn’t until 1795 that an American named Benjamin “Count Rumford” Thompson perfected the fireplace. His work revolutionized fireplace and chimney construction. Strangely, most people today have never heard of Count Rumford even though most fireplaces built between 1796 and 1850 are Rumford fireplaces. The mystery is that after the 1850’s Rumford fireplaces were not built as often and by the 1900’s most masons had forgotten or never learned how to build one at all. Sadly, the modern fireplace is a poor substitute for the simple effectiveness of a Rumford fireplace.

Rumford Fireplace - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Chimney

Persistent Fireplace Design Problems

Before Rumford’s redesign, fireplaces had plenty of issues:

  • Chimney’s wouldn’t draw the smoke up and out properly
  • Fireplaces wouldn’t heat effectively
  • Fires couldn’t pull in enough fresh air to burn effectively

A Rumford fireplace cures all those problems with simple tweaks in design!

The Rumford Design

A Rumford fireplace is taller and shallower than a modern fireplace. When most people look at a Rumford fireplace they mistakenly assume that it has been bricked in and will no longer function properly because of how shallow it is, or that the fire would easily fill the room with smoke. Neither assumption is true. Rumford fireplaces draw smoke up and out the chimney better than any other design, and the heat they fill a room with is many times that of our modern fireplaces.

Rumford redesigned a few elements on the fireplace to make it work the way he wanted.

He determined that fireplaces warm a room through radiant heat. The more direct line of sight objects in the room had with the fire the more they would be heated. To accomplish this he made two changes:

  1. He changed the dimensions of the firebox giving it a much more shallow opening that set the fire out into the room and making it considerably taller.
  2. The other change he made was to the covings or sidewalls. On regular fireplace these are normally squared off to form a square firebox. Rumford designed his covings at a severe angle to reflect more heat into the room.

The next thing to fix was the poor drafting of fireplaces. Rumford redesigned the fireplace’s “throat” which is the space that draws smoke up into the chimney. By positioning and sizing it more precisely he was able to design a fireplace that effectively removes all the smoke from the fire below into the chimney. His design also called for a specific and slight slope to the wall at the back of the firebox.

These small tweaks created an incredibly efficient fireplace that became the new standard.

With the introduction of boilers, radiators and eventually forced heat systems the fireplace was relegated to second-class status. No longer the primary source of heat architects, masons and builders gave little thought to its functionality. Fireplaces became more architectural element and less functional part of the home. Even though it was no longer a necessity, society has never been able to remove it completely from the home. If you have a modern fireplace don’t give up hope. Your fireplace can be remodeled to make it into a Rumford by a good mason without costing an arm and a leg. The fireplace is still the heart of the home. A place where we gather as a family and sit transfixed by the dancing flames and the warmth it brings on a cold winter night. That was what Count Rumford wanted, a simple fireplace that just worked.