Fireplace left off

My sibling rented a fantastic house, however 1 area of it just boggles my mind. She has a gorgeous family room in her rental house–the whole thing is a Colonial in stunning condition–but the fireplace has been reduced to nothing more than a decoration. What’s worse is that she has to work undoubtedly tough to keep it covered so that no hot air from her gas boiler escapes up the flue. I asked why she didn’t have it lit the last time I was over–I was ready to bring by some firewood for her to keep in the garage if she needed some. She explained the fireplace is the 1 blight of the beach house because it cannot be used. The property owner obviously tried to convert the fireplace from a wood burning fireplace to a more current gas system, however sadly they ran into some kind of problem so it was never finished. However, the fireplace flue has much of the pipework needed for the gas fireplace, as well as so it can’t even be used for a official wood burning fire. The pipe also means she doesn’t have a flue cover, so she can’t even put a little fake electric fire heating system in it for a little warmth as well as ambiance–the whole hearth has to remain closed up for the sake of the central heating system at least. My wifey as well as I are debating buying her a space heating system that looks appreciate a fireplace to put in front it, that way my sibling at least has something nice as well as homey to appreciate in her otherwise beautiful home.

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