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Newsgroups: alt.folklore.urban From: ab401@freenet.carleton.ca (Paul Tomblin) Subject: Re: the fire inside's delightful... Date: Fri, 10 Dec 1993 16:38:15 GMT acook@vnet.ibm.com (AlexanderCCook) writes: >A fire in the fireplace makes the house colder. >Is this: >A. True >B. False >C. In the friggin' FAQ A. True. Usually. Because a fire in the sort of poorly designed fireplaces you see in North American houses creates just enough heat to cause a convection current up the chimney, which sucks the smoke from the fire up the chimney, but also suchs out the heat generated by the fire, and lots of nice warm air from the house. The cold air that leaks into the house to replace the warm air lost up the chimney cools the house down. Which is why my house has: a. A wood stove instead of a fireplace b. An outside air source for the wood stove c. An air-to-air heat exchanger for warming the incoming air up. and for you "global warming panic mode" nuts: d. A woodlot on the property to supply all the wood burned in the stove. (so the woodlot converts at least as much co2 to oxygen as the stove converts back to co2) Unfortunately, it also has my ex-wife and her boyfriend, so I don't live there anymore. Paul "Will burn wood for warmth" Tomblin

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