Traditionally, a Rumford fireplace is a tall, shallow fireplace designed by Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, born in 1753 in Woburn, Massachusetts. Count Rumford was known for his investigations of heat and fireplace design.
Based on their design, Rumford fireplaces reflect more heat, and have streamlined throats to eliminate turbulence and carry away the smoke with little loss of heated room air. Additionally, the Fire Rock pumice-based construction reflects heat much more efficiently than traditional masonry products.
For that classic look, Fire Rock offers a modified version of the Rumford fireplace. The Fire Rock Modified Rumford firebox incorporates three of the fundamental design characteristics associated with the classic Rumford:
*The opening is taller than it is wide.
*Have a radius lentil.
*The back of the firebox is straight up, with no inward angle.
However, unlike the traditional Rumford’s shallow depth and widely angled sides, the Fire Rock Modified Rumford is a full 22 1/2" deep to accommodate larger logs and gas log sets. If the customer desires the wide angled sides, the unit can easily be modified at the time of installation by the installer or mason.