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September 2004

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Here Comes Flue Season

When we moved to our farmhouse 15 years ago, we decided to make its handsome brick fireplace far more efficient. We hired a mason to seal the back of the firebox with brick, leaving an opening for a stovepipe thimble. On the brick hearth we placed a gorgeous, green-enameled efficient wood stove with glass-paneled doors. That wood stove made our new home cozy, radiating generous amounts of heat. During our first winter, we burned scarcely a cord of wood.

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