a gas fireplace that replicates the look of a Victorian coal-burning fireplace
Photo: Stephen Karlisch
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For the Traditionalist

At the height of the Victorian era, before the days of central heating, many urbanites warmed themselves with small, coal-burning fireplaces. Such fireplaces, with their decorative cast-iron surrounds, are still made today, although most people now opt for gas over hard-to-start coal. These replicas fit neatly into vintage coal- and wood-burning fireboxes or can be freestanding. Some have open flames and send emissions through metal B-vents; others have fixed glass panels with more efficient direct venting.

Similar to shown: Adorn 21½-inch B-vent, 7,320-Btu output, $1,900; Victorian Fireplace Shop
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