In our case, flue runs up through our bedroom and makes all nice and warm.george wrote: ↑Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:49 amYes, but open fireplaces tend to lose a lot more heat as it disappears up that usually rather large chimney opening. Woodburners are more contained and heat retentive and keep the heat in the house, well unless there's some expertise about chimney building in colder areas of France that I don't know about ??
The aesthetics of an open fire outweigh the disadvantages. There is also the physiological effect as well because the smell and ambiance of an open fire makes you feel happy and warm. Can't beat one on Christmas day.
I have grown up with open fires. I could not live in a house without one.