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Old 02-09-2012, 06:17 PM
 
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Hello, i am moving to the springs this year in an apartment. The Berkshire apartments. iwould love it if there was someone here that lived there and can tell me about the heating of the wood burning fireplaces there. i will have a 2 bedroom one bath. or if anyone can tell me there using their fireplaces in an apartment how they use it in detail. i never used on before. thank so much
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:58 PM
 
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Do you mean how to use a wood-burning fireplace in general? How to Use a Wood Burning Fireplace
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:54 AM
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Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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I had a wood burning fireplace when I lived in Westminster. This was the apartment I lived in when I got married, and my wife moved into it as well. Wood burning fireplaces are awesome. We used to get a fire going and then open a pack of those Hillshire Farm "Lil' Smokies" and do weenie roasts in the fireplace! Sometimes we would roast marsh mellows too.

Good times!
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:12 AM
 
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This should answer some questions:
http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/ap/sbap...oodburning.pdf
RP
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:06 PM
 
Location: ATLANTA
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Thanks guys can you tell me if they heated the apratment well in the winter?/ can you tell me if it helped your heating bills? can you tell me about cleaning the firelplace and creasote log usage . .

I am also seeing all these new type og logs. . like the java log. . and logs you can use to cook food with in the fireplace. . .

anyone have any information to share??

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Old 02-14-2012, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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I know we personally heat our entire house (1250 sq.ft.) with wood during the winter here in Oregon. We have the chimney swept by a professional once a year and just have to clean out the ashes,etc. when it gets dirty.

However, I'm not sure about Colo. Springs, but the Denver Metro Area has woodburning restrictions, meaning there are certain days you can't burn wood. I wouldn't plan on it being your sole source of heat. Make sure you have a good back up source as well.
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:49 PM
 
Location: ATLANTA
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DELTA Wow that was fast . . thanks so much for this. .

yeah i was readuing that document about restrictions. . but i am in colorado springs. . or i should say going to be there this year. the apratment is basically 900 sq feet. . i have neve use a fireplace before. and i want to hear other's experience with using them. everything you can tell me in detail,, please share. i am also going to cook with it too .. thats the part i really want to try. i am trying to learn and gather as much info as i can. all you great knowledge will be appreciated . ..
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:02 PM
 
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El Paso county has yet to enact most of the emissions / pollution controls that Denver and it's surrounding counties have. There are no wood-burning fireplace restrictions here. Whether or not a wood burning fireplace will heat your entire home throughout the winter relies mostly on what type of fireplace is installed, the architecture of your apartment and the way you maintain the fire. For the most part, especially in an apartment home that doesn't have abundant space to store firewood, heating your home with a wooden fireplace would be much more expensive than using a gas furnace. It would also be much more dangerous. Improperly maintained fireplaces and chimneys can cause the risk of both uncontrolled fire as well as poison gas inhalation. Always make sure your fireplace is in tip top shape! Fireplaces, especially in the metropolitan areas along the front range, are more of a luxury item than a main source of heat. Many with fireplaces tend to keep their thermostat lower and use a fireplace during peak times of the day, for instance, in the evening after work and before bed. Never leave your fireplace unattended.
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:20 AM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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Just an FYI...I've been seeing a recurring post on Craigslist R&R about Berkshire apts having 4 electrical fires in the past year and they refuse to do anything about it. DOn't know if it's just a disgruntled tenant.
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:15 AM
 
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We are wanting to buy a home in the springs soon and we really want a wood burning fireplace and a gas stove but it is very difficult to find either one let alone both.
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