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Old 04-01-2012, 09:55 PM
 
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My wife and I are looking into a home just outside of SF. Like so many older homes we've seen, it's almost stifled with an uncanny amount of area heaters and we're seriously looking into having a kiva installed.

Has anyone done this, what was the total cost, and who could you recommend?

Much thanks for any advice.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:49 PM
 
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Has anyone done this, what was the total cost, and who could you recommend?

Much thanks for any advice.
Indoor or outdoor? Wood or Gas? Size?

I have seen two indoor wood units built and one outdoor wood unit improperly built.

I am only familiar with the units carried by these people in Bernalillo (40 miles south of you perhaps). In any event their web site is informative: Kiva Fireplaces

A "What is a Kiva Fireplace?" web page: What is a Kiva Fireplace? - Adobe Oasis


Rich

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Old 04-02-2012, 09:40 AM
 
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Grand River Supply in Bernalillo. Call them or visit them. They have installers they can recommend that will install their pre-fabricated Kiva fireplaces.

Adobelite in Albuquerque.

Or search through the local paper and mags for masons.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:26 PM
 
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Thanks to you both.
We're looking for one to go inside an older adobe home out in La Cienega.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:46 PM
 
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Try Jim's Masonry. He has a website with pictures of kiva's he's built. He has done work for us in the past and we wouldn't hesitate to call him again.
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:14 PM
 
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Try Jim's Masonry. He has a website with pictures of kiva's he's built. He has done work for us in the past and we wouldn't hesitate to call him again.
THANKS! Will check it out as we're still looking.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:14 PM
 
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Choose carefully...I have a wonderful adobe home with a fireplace hand built by a (supposedly) expert local craftsman down in Mesilla. All is well when a full blaze is going, but a low or smoldering fire will gradually fill the room with smoke. Does not draw well enough. We're having gas installed...;( 'cause my wife doesn't like everything in our living room smelling (strongly) like woodsmoke.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:35 PM
 
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If you're looking to heat your house with a kiva fireplace, then I'd strongly advise you ensure it's made of real adobe rather than cinderblocks covered with stucco to make it look like adobe. An adobe kiva fireplace will radiate a nice amount of heat, but if it's made of cinder block then it won't. Depending on the size of your home and its floorplan, a single kiva fireplace will probably not heat the entire space, so you might want at least one in the living/eating area and another in your bedroom.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:02 AM
 
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Modern fireplace design has become a science and for the average person they may be swayed
with romantic buzzwords like adobe etc... Original adobe housing was typically small:


Thus, fireplaces were also very small...



Steel fireboxes, real "firebrick" and proper flue design can go a long way for a safe and efficient
fireplace. The difficult part for the consumer is weeding through the claims...

Just my opinion.



Rich
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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imho while steel fireboxes, firebrick and properly made flues incorporated into a kiva design make for a safer fireplace and help ensure the gases go up the chimney instead of into the house, they do little to radiate heat into the room - certainly not as much as a properly made adobe kiva. Another fireplace design that's been around for a couple hundred years is called a Rumford, and that, too, is much more efficient than your traditional open hearth fireplaces. With a Rumford you can also have blowers installed that push the hot air into the room. You can't do that with a kiva, nor is a kiva conducive to putting in an insert which greatly increases the efficiency of traditional fireplaces which send most of the heat up the chimney.
So many things to consider......
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