Picture this, howling winds, torrential rainfall with sleet.your in for the night, stick inside and you......................
cant light a fire because you blocked the bloody thing up? Whats wrong with ppl? With all of the rising fuel prices why in gods name block up a fireplace? I mean whats the bloody point? An open fire cant be beat.
you have heat by convection and radiation. Heat by convection is most appliances. It hears the air. Radiation is an open fire.It heats everything close to it, from the floor to your chair etc.
An open fire is great and you can even out the lights and still see and for all the romantics out there its romantic too.
Stop blocking your f'n fireplaces,
PS it vents the bloody house too.