Linda Applewhite & Associates
431 Golden Gate Ave.
Belvedere, CA 94920
415 789 8871, fax 415 789 8851
Linda's book, Architectural Interiors, features one of our Rumfords on the cover. One of our customers pointed it out to me and wanted a Rumford just like it. So I bought the book and read it.
It's a beautiful book full of practical ideas about how you can enhance your home yourself. You should buy the book too. Go to the Linda Applewhite & Associates website and click on "my Book" in the upper right corner.
Then I emailed Linda. Below is her response.
Thanks so much for your email.
Yes I specify Rumford fireplaces a lot both indoors and out although we are limited here in California to gas inserts in some areas only. I love your product and have designed many surrounds for them especially for exterior fireplaces which are often less restricted.
The one on the cover of my book is a home I worked on in Glen Ellen California in the Valley of the Moon north of San Francisco. I do not remember the model or measures of this Rumford but the suround was custom made by Sonoma Cast Stone located in Petaluma, CA.
My challenge with installing your product outside is the height of the chimney based on what code allows in the area. Due to code restrictions in some areas, we are unable to make the chimney high enough so the fireplace doesn't smoke. Otherwise I have had complete customer satisfaction with your product. Without fail I recommend installing an outdoor wood burning fireplace on projects where they are still allowed and my recommendation is always for a Rumford.
Unfortunately installing wood burning fireplaces inside residences is getting more restricted and gas inserts are being specified more because of building codes. I immensely dislike glassed in fireplaces!
I would be delighted if you would carry my book in your bookstore and list my firm with your company.
Thanks for contacting me Jim!
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