I was just curious if someone could shed some light my way.
I am currently having a home designed for my wife and me. I am going to install radiant floor heat in all floors for the main heat with an oil-fired boiler. I am looking for some ideas for the fireplaces. I would like two fireplaces (one in the finished basement and one in the great room on the first floor directly above the basement FP). I’d like to use the fireplaces to help heat the home while we’re home and to ease the cost of heating oil. Also, I love the ambience of a wood fire!
My question is:
Should I build a fireplace and use a wood insert for space heating in the room we’re in at the time?
Or should I just install a high-efficiency fireplace from the beginning?
I don’t know if the costs would offset – paying a mason to build a masonry fireplace just to cover it up with an insert or just plan for the efficient fireplace right from the start. Also, how long do manufactured fireplaces last, can they be replaced after being installed?
Eventually, I will install a wood fired boiler to heat the entire home but with the initial cost of building, I’ll just settle for the two fireplaces for now.
I’m planning a 3 flue chimney, one for the oil boiler, and then one for each fireplace. I’ll build another flue when I’m ready for the wood boiler. I’m not sure if I’ll use one of the outdoor boilers or something else. I live in the mountains in western PA so we do have some colder spells during the winter and I have 10 acres with access to over 100 wooded acres of free firewood.
Any help from the experienced folks would be great. Thanks