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I originally wrote: Gas, but I'm more convinced by the other arguments that it might be wood. In profile, it is a rumford fireplace, but lacks some of the technology of those fireplaces to deal with smoke. It also does not have an air hole at the bottom, which a lot of wood-burning fireplaces use to avoid sending hot air up the chimney. Besides that, it ...


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That thing that looks like a weight held onto the damper by a long bolt? That's a damper clamp. When a fireplace has a damper, and is converted into a gas-burning fireplace, by code the damper must be fixed in a fully open state. Otherwise, if the damper were closed, and the gas turned on, you could get gas and/or carbon monoxide blowing into your house, ...


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Even asking about draft at highway travelling speeds invokes thoughts about the danger of keeping a wood fired unit burning while under way on a freeway. The whole idea sounds downright dangerous and fraught with risk. The energy density of a propane bottle as opposed to hauling a pile of firewood also seems to vote against the idea of installing a wood ...


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