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Timber Home Living - - The Welcome Home Series -

A pop­u­lar al­ter­na­tive to carv­ing out en­ter­tain­ment zones in­side your tim­ber home is to build a sep­a­rate out­build­ing ded­i­cated to soirees — a “party barn.” The op­tions for this kind of wide-open area are truly un­lim­ited. A few es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ents in­clude de­sign­ing a fully stocked kitchen, so you don’t have to run back and forth be­tween the barn and house for food or sup­plies. Like­wise, you’ll want a full bath­room (or at least a half-bath) so folks won’t need to ven­ture out to use the fa­cil­i­ties. Make sure it’s prop­erly heated, cooled and ven­ti­lated. Of course you’ll need ad­e­quate light­ing, but con­sider dimmable LEDs so you can set a mood ap­pro­pri­ate for the event (and save money on your elec­tric bills).

If you’re like most peo­ple who love tim­ber homes, hav­ing an ex­posed tim­ber frame isn’t the only place you want to en­joy the warmth of wood. An all-nat­u­ral, wood-burn­ing fire­place ranks high on the wish lists of many a home­owner. Sure, gas units are con­ve­nient to op­er­ate. With the flick of a switch or, these days, a voice com­mand, you can have in­stant fire. But when it comes to cre­at­ing true am­biance … the aroma of the wood, the crack­ling of the logs, the glow­ing em­bers … a real wood fire is hard to beat.

Look­ing to add a gen­uine wood­burn­ing hearth to your tim­ber home? Warm up to a few of our fa­vorite op­tions.


This is the Mack Daddy; the Bent­ley of the wood-burn­ing fire­place world. A site-con­structed ma­sonry fire­place car­ries with it an air of pres­tige and grandeur; how­ever, there is a price to pay for all this lux­ury, with costs av­er­ag­ing $10,000 or more. You also need to plan for it early in the home-de­sign phase, as it’s not easy to retro­fit a struc­ture for a hearth of this scale. In most cases, the foun­da­tion must be re­in­forced to ac­cept its weight, and when it comes to a tim­ber home, you have to take the frame’s po­si­tion­ing into ac­count as well. Ma­sonry fire­places don’t have the great­est rep­u­ta­tion for en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, ei­ther, as a lot of the heat you gen­er­ate es­capes through the chim­ney. Leave the damper open when not in use, and you are invit­ing out­side air in­doors. But all cons aside, the ex­quis­ite beauty this kind of fire­place brings to a tim­ber home is un­par­al­leled.


Though it’s hard to touch the crafts­man­ship and el­e­gance of a site-built ma­sonry hearth, to­day’s pre-engi­neered wood-burn­ing fire­place man­u­fac­tur­ers con­tinue to heat up the mar­ket. An in­su­lated me­tal fire­box is usu­ally lined with light-weight brick, al­low­ing it to be in­stalled within inches of com­bustible

ma­te­ri­als, and the units cost a frac­tion of the price of a full ma­sonry hearth. Cou­ple these cost sav­ings with their highly ef­fi­cient com­bus­tion and heat­trans­fer rates, as well as their clas­sic styling, and these beau­ties are a fan­tas­tic tim­ber home choice. The unit shown is Travis In­dus­tries’ 36 Elite™, which can heat up to 2,500 square feet, has a max­i­mum burn time of 10 hours and boasts up to a 73-per­cent ef­fi­ciency rat­ing.


To­day’s wood stoves marry tra­di­tional and mod­ern styling into one ef­fi­cient unit. Flex­i­ble place­ment and vent­ing, ex­cep­tional heat­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties and old-fash­ioned charm are only a few of the ben­e­fits a wood-burn­ing stove has to of­fer. Plus, they’re in­ex­pen­sive to op­er­ate and easy to main­tain. Some mod­els even dou­ble as stove tops, ca­pa­ble of heat­ing a va­ri­ety of foods or warm­ing a ket­tle. This stove, from Quadra-Fire of­fers au­to­matic com­bus­tion con­trol and 51,000 BTUs, en­abling the com­pact unit to heat an area as large as 2,600 square feet.


Sleek, clean lines and a Eu­ro­pean flair are hall­marks of free­stand­ing soapstone fire­places and heaters. Though they come in a va­ri­ety of col­ors and tex­tures, their smooth bluish-gray hue is their call­ing card. But these beau­ties pro­vide many more ad­van­tages than mere good looks. To op­er­ate, you only need a small amount of wood to en­able the unit to burn a short, very hot fire. The soapstone ab­sorbs the heat and ra­di­ates it softly and steadily back into the room for hours, even af­ter the fire is out.

By re­duc­ing the amount of wood you need, you’ll save money on fuel. Plus, well-made soapstone units are clean burn­ing, al­low­ing you to bring the warmth and am­biance to spa­ces like mas­ter be­d­rooms or kitchens (some mod­els even boast a bake oven!) This unit is in­dus­try leader Tu­likivi’s new Ni­etta de­sign. A “mod­u­lar” ap­proach to the unit al­lows you to ad­just the height to fit your space and fea­tures in­te­grated wood stor­age for con­ve­nience.

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