Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998
From: Matt Peterson
Subject: 42"x42" Rumford's first fire
I am extremely pleased to inform you that this weekend my two brothers, my father and I have completed my 42" Rumford fireplace and chimney. We tried a few small fires, crossed our fingers and found that the fire had perfect draw. This particular room in my house is under renovation, I can not wait to show off my Rumford!
I am not an experienced mason by any means. The straight Rumford firebox, one piece throat, and ready formed smoke chamber really makes building a fireplace a snap (a Rumford fireplace). I put about 30 hours into the "HOW TO " research and about 60 hours into building the fireplace (36 hrs myself and 24 from family). I will hire experienced masons to build the field stone facing around the fire box up to the 12' cathedral ceiling (I am not skilled enough for the finish work). I expect the field stone work will take 50 more hours.
I can not thank you enough for you support and advice. I truly have a new-found appreciation for a tall and shallow fire places like my Rumford. If you are ever in Sudbury, MA and you want to see what you have helped me accomplish you are welcome anytime.
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