I am in the process of purchasing a home with radiant floor heating. I live in Alaska, and there is something about sitting by a crackling fire while watching the snow fall. Therefore I want to add a wood-burning fireplace. Natural gas is not available, propane is relatively expensive, while firewood is abundantly available and cheap (often free). The fireplace is for ambiance, not as a heat source.
I am considering the purchase of a Heatilator wood-burning fireplace but would like to hear input regarding other options.
I am also wondering if the fireplace can be installed over the top of the existing flooring. Since the tubing for the radiant floor heat will run under the fireplace, I am interested to know if I need to have the contractor tear up the floor and remove a section of the tubing to complete the installation.
I understand that adding a fireplace will cause a spike of heat the will cause cooling in other parts of the zone. However I only plan to light the fire on an infrequent basis and only for a few hours at a time. Therefore I’m willing to accept the fact that some parts of the house might grow a bit cool.