Over the next year…maybe the winter if I can get my CLAA work done…I’m going to build a Rumford fireplace and oven in our kitchen. We have a section of space in uor kitchen that currently holds a pair of sliding glass doors going out back…which we never use. We plan to remove them and use the wall for an open hearth. This will serve all family cooking during the cold months when cooking outdoors is not feasible. A “Rumford” fireplace is an old 18th century design that made better use of heat by forming a narrow flue in the chimney so smoke could leave, but more heat was retained. Modern fireplaces aren’t made for anything but appearance, with all of the heat leaving the house through the chimney.
You can see that a beehive-type baking oven is included on the right hand side with wood storage underneath.
I’ll probably not get started on this for a few months, but I’ll try to keep the progress updated here.