I can't believe there aren't more members with fireplaces. Come on guys, share.
That's a beautiful picture, in more ways than one. All my pets have been strays. It's like they really know and appreciate you're taking them in.
Dawgs always know where the best spots are.
First time attaching photos. It wasn't too hard to do!
Here is a good link for anyone having a wood fireplace built or is just curious: http://rumford.com/
The wood is stacked vertically to take advantage of the height and because of the shallow nature of the fireplace. Three logs are all it takes to throw out an enormous amount of heat. The "throat" is designed so that you don't need to start a draft, and the only time I have had smoke come into the room is when it is windy enough to force the air back down. We have fires every night once the temperature drops below 60.