When Tom and Danielle Thornton first built their home, they went with a wood-burning fireplace for the look of it. It didn’t take long before they realized that their fireplace was made for ambience and not for heating. The heating season meant adding wood all day before their family room felt warm. That task, they found, ruined the firebrick because the old fireplace was not meant to put out that kind of heat. Tired of the inefficient fireplace, and after doing their homework, the Thornton’s decided to replace their old wood-burner with a new efficient model as well as changing the look of the fireplace surround and mantle.
Tearing out the old hearth, surround and fireplace and replacing it with a new efficient wood burning product including a floor to ceiling stone facing typically takes two weeks.
The Thornton’s installed a BISS CE by Security Chimney woodburning stove insert with a wall-to-ceiling Cultured Stone ledge stone face and wood mantel. The product burns at 72% efficiency (compared to the 20% efficiency rating of the old fireplace), allowing them to heat 1500 square feet, plus a second-floor loft.
Initially, the Thornton’s wanted a larger model. “I recommended this unit because it was appropriate to their house set-up and square footage,” said Vince Herbert. "Since talking to Danielle, I know she’s happy she went with the smaller one, because it’s hot in there.”
Estimated Cost of the Remodel
To install a new wood-burning fireplace with a redesigned surround and mantel: $14,000
Comments about the Experience
“We’ve gotten so many compliments on it,” said Danielle. “It looks beautiful. Our friends tell us it makes the house.”