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Playing in the Yard on Bailey Bear Ridge
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Playing in the Yard on Bailey Bear Ridge
Rural Ozarks
Madison County
Northwest, Arkansas 72632

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The Fireplace

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Date: December 6, 2003

The fireplace will serve several purposes; ambiance, radiant heat and heat storage.

Jen and I have always wanted a place where we can relax on cool or even cold evenings and sit in front of a fire with a big cup of hot cocoa. When I was still single, just the few months before we married, I lived in a townhouse with two friends that had a great fireplace. We have missed it ever since. There is just something unbeatable about a real wood fireplace to make a home feel cozy.

The second purpose of the fireplace is the radiant heat it will create. The stone mass is three feet deep and betweek 8 to ten feet wide. It serves as the divider between the livingroom and master bedroom. The back side is exposed to the master bedroom. A mass that size can be charged with heat in the cool evening and continue warming the home over night with an extra log before bedtime. All four sides are exposed to radiate heat in all directions. Looking carefully at the 3d sketch at the top, you can see that the stone work actually stops before it reaches the roof. This will insure that a stone chimney does not conduct our precious heat out through the roof and into the cold night. There is planned a stove pip that will carry smoke out the roof. It will have a lever to close the pip near the roof to keep heat from escaping shen there is no fire. Not shown here in great detail, the exhaust for the fireplace will pass through several passages that will help heat more of the stone mass of the chimney efficiently.

The third purpose of the fireplace is to heat water that will be stored for infloor heating and to heat the ramps of the carport. This heated water will also help the incoming water pipes with a reverse flow anit-freeze system for in the winter when the water pipes are at risk to freeze. Water temeratures will be sensed with a thermostat and when a fire is burning, the pipes will curculate water from the storage tanks in the 'basement' to heat them further. There will be more on this desing in later pages.

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