According to Thursday's New York Times, "Curling up by the fire may be the next eco-crime."
At first I thought that this might be the perpetrator.....
Yes, that's the space shuttle, and yes, it's real.
Clever use of used rocket parts.
It's cool, but I don't think your artwork likes it.
Vending Machine fireplace
Kafka / Gulag fireplace
But no, they are making criminals of all fireplaces, including these beauties....
The author, Christina S.N. Lewis, asserts that the fireplace is acquiring a social stigma among those who aspire to be environmentally responsible. She contends it is joining the ranks of bottled water and large houses.
This upsets me. My home is not large, yet I've always envisioned that when it was time to sell, I'd mention the THREE WORKING FIREPLACES in all caps in my ad. Who knew that I might have to downplay what I thought was an asset?
What do you do? "Uh....no...that's a bookcase." or "That's my album repository."
"I had that made for my shell collection."
You could try hiding it.
Or, you could turn it into a big vintage floor mirror.
As for me, I choose not to ignore the fireplace.
I really only use the one in my den, and not daily. I try to burn only seasoned dry wood, as per EPA guidelines, because it burns hotter and releases less smoke. I also try to build my fire correctly so that it has higher visible flames for the first twenty minutes, which causes the chimney to heat up dispersing the smoke so that it doesn't drift into the house creating a health hazard.
In other words, I'm going to continue my "guilty" pleasure while trying to be as eco-friendly as possible.
What are your thoughts on this fiery issue?