Homeowners can enjoy the beauty of a fireplace without paying a high cost in lost heat and wasted fuel. Thorough coverage is given to heat-recycling systems and energy conservation and wood use, as well as to fuel-efficient construction variations on the basic fireplace. Offering not only ideas for "dream fireplaces" but also practical information on the hands-on process of renovating, remodeling, installing and building a fireplace, this book contains over 250 illustrations, including 28 pages of color. Whether building a traditional masonry fireplace, installing a zero-clearance or free-standing fireplace, or buying a wood stove, this book provides detailed information and instructions. Here are some of the other topics covered: **adding or extending hearths; **mantels and moldings; **building the Full-Efficient Rumford Fireplace; **firewood recommendations and use; accessories and products; wood stove installation; renovating an old fireplace; and adding zero-clearance and free-standing fireplaces. Guidelines that help the homeowner get the most satisfaction possible from a fireplace include: interior design considerations, styles and types of fireplaces, placement of fireplaces for best heat retention and appealing decorative effect, and ways to dress up the fireplace.