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December 8, 2008

When I was a child one of my chores was to burn the trash.  This chore was not really a chore in my eyes but rather a wonderful opportunity to start a fire with parental approval.  I truly enjoyed watching the flames consume the material that had been placed in the burn barrel.  Sadly, many of my old toys that might have been worth money in todays collectible ebay auctions met their final fate in the flames of the burn barrel.

My family went camping quite often and I enjoyed the campfires.  In fact, I learned how to cook over a campfire before I learned how to cook on a stove.

My grandparents had a fireplace and at Thanksgiving and Christmas would always have a fire going for the family gatherings.

I like fires. (In controlled conditions of course!)

A few years ago we had the opportunity to get a wood burning fireplace installed at our home.  Numerous people told me that I should get gas instead, that I would not like the mess, the work and the general upkeep of a wood burning fireplace.

They were wrong.

I love our fireplace.  I enjoy almost every aspect, from cutting the wood out in the fields, to splitting it with an axe, to having the fires going in the fireplace, which we do most weekday mornings, (I get up early and work at homefor the first four hours of my day.) and those few evenings that we are at home.  Cleaning out the ash, and cleaning the chimney are not fun, but they are necessary chores. 

The fireplace is no longer new.  We have had it for several years now and I continue to greatly enjoy using it.