Rumford Fireplaces

Not just a brand, but an efficient style created centuries ago

The Rumford wood burning fireplace, now in wide-spread production by such companies as Buckley Rumford Company in Washington, is actually a fireplace style created in the 18 th century that minimized smoke and maximized energy efficiency. The secrets behind Count Rumford's creation were thus:

  • A fireplace with a high, broad opening
  • A shallow firebox and amply splayed jambs, reflecting greater amounts of radiant heat
  • A straightened fire back and rounded front wall of the throat, creating a nozzle to shoot smoke up through the damper and out the chimney, resulting in less heat loss

With these principles in mind, Buckley Rumford Co. has custom designed a wide array of Rumford fireplaces in Canada and the U.S. Rumfords can be broken down into several categories, comprising Traditional, Cooking, Modern, Outdoor, Certified, Big, and Victorian.

Rumfords typically will throw out a lot of radiant heat. As they can hold a lot of fuel, the heat output is greater. For instance a 48" Rumford can hold 20 lbs. of wood, and one pound of wood contains approximately about 7,200 BTU. If the fireplace is 50 % efficient, then the 48" fireplace should put out 72,000 BTU over the course of its burn time.

The Classic Rumford , of course, incorporates all the original design and function principles as laid out by Count Rumford, with modern materials and workmanship.

Rumford Classic Fireplace

Components of a Classic include, but may not be limited to:

  • Clay Flue Liner
  • Smoke Chamber
  • Damper
  • Throat
  • Firebrick
  • Refractory Mortar

Optional items can include mantels, andirons, fireplace doors, screens, ash dumps, gas logs or gas inserts.

A 36 inch opening is fairly standard, but more efficient than most 36 inch units on the market. Rumford's typically can be built in sizes anywhere from 24" to 72".

To meet EPA emission standards and local building and safety requirements in some states, Rumford's can be made 'Certified' . Pictured below is a Buckley Rumford Certified project, a 30" unit.

Buckley Rumford 30 Inch Fireplace

As Rumfords can be built to enormous sizes, a 60 inch fireplace is not uncommon. Pictured below is an independent installation of a stone model.

Rumford 60 Inch Fireplace

Information and purchasing information on Rumford fireplaces can be gathered from Buckley Rumford's web page.

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