That's Hot

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Yes, I know that the title above is supposedly Paris Hilton's (shudder) catch phrase, but fortunately, that's not what this entry is about.

It's gotten to the time of year that I can use my fireplace.  I love having a nice roaring fire going during the cold days and nights of fall and winter.  I have always enjoyed hearing the snaps and pops of the burning wood, watching the fire dance before me, and the wonderful aroma of wood smoke.  I also like to watch candles burn... I think my parents thought, when I was a kid, I might grow up to be a pyromaniac.  Never fear, I keep my fires in the appropriate place.

Have you ever been outside on a crisp autumn day and you could smell the smoke from the fireplaces in the neighborhood.  One of the best smells ever!

Okay...back to my fireplace. 

My fireplace really puts out the heat.  You can't really stand too close without getting way too hot.  The furniture even remotely close to the fireplace is warm to the touch.  Sometimes I worry that the furniture will get too hot, as I would hate for it to spontaneously combust.  You can even feel the heat in the house's entryway, which is at least 20 feet away.  Maybe even a greater distance, I don't know for sure, but I'm too lazy to measure. 

With this, I probably save some money on my heating bill.  The thermostat is not far from the fireplace, so when the fire is going, the temperature rises and the thermostat sees no need to turn on the heater.  Yea...great for me!  I have no problem saving a little money on the outrageous price of gas, but it does present a little problem.

The heat from the fireplace does not reach my bedroom.  So, if I have a fire going in the evening (and thus no gas heat has been turned on), when I go to bed, my bedroom is freezing.  Ice cold.  I don't mind it being cool, but cold is somewhat hard to sleep in.  In order to keep warm, I pile on extra blankets and wear my warm, heavy pajamas.  It works for the most part.  And as the fire dies out, the heater will eventually come back on. 

There is a possible alternative.  Some have told me that I should get the fireplace vented throughout the house.  Um...easier said than done, and I can't imagine how much that would cost.  The whole house would have to be fitted for that, and I don't think it would be an easy job. 

Easier to be a bit cold every now and then.  I just hope Catalina agrees when she moves here ....

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