From Parafin to WoodThe house had a parafin oven fitted in the year 1973 and it was used up until the house was sold in 2010. Now, coming from the tropics where fireplaces are only meant to look like a fancy decoration in a living room, I had no clue of how necessary it would be to have a working one in the house. Needless to say, I found out that parafin is not very user-friendly. I hate the smell and I am terrified of the fumes and everything related to parafin.
Remove the parafin oven and replace with a real fireplace. (check!)
Replace with a real fireplace. At a cost. A rather high cost!
So I contact the municipality and I find out that the chimney needs to be rehabilitated before installing a fireplace. I call the heat people and they come over and give me a quote. The damage?
10,000USD, yep, ten grand. That is around 60,000 Norwegian Kroner. The job they have to do is basically get on the roof and insert a new steel pipe down the chimney in order to avoid any possible fires. the house is almost 100 years old so it is imperative to do it. (after much consideration: check)
Here is the old parafin oven (really 1970's!)
Now choosing a fireplace is not an easy task. Goodness it is one of the most difficult journeys I have embarked myself on! So I learned as much as I could about fireplaces, the pros and the cons, the beautiful ones, the practical ones, etc. And in the end I went for the Nordpeis, especially tailored to Nordic interiors.
Here is Isabelle and me next to our fireplace. :)