Rumford fireplace


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Rumford fireplace

An efficient fireplace invented by Benjamin Thompson (1753–1814), originally of Massachusetts, who later achieved distinction as Count Rumford. His innovative fireplace design increased the efficiency of radiated heat and lessened the emitted smoke, benefits that were achieved by significantly reducing the size of the massive colonial fireplace opening and by introducing a constriction in the chimney directly above the hearth so as to increase the draft through the chimney.
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In England, Rumford improved heating apparatuses that warmed homes and cooked food, and his Rumford fireplace was influential.
Inside, a hydronic floor (warm water circulates through pipes in the concrete slab) and a heat-efficient Rumford fireplace warm the rooms.
A complete Rumford fireplace cross section is provided on page 40.