An Inglenook Fireplace built by local craftsmen at Midhurst Fernhurst Builders in 1978 replicating a traditional Sussex tile-and-cement hood. The house, a former Cowdray Estate cottage, was originally built in circa 1575 out of old ship's timbers. To get this new fireplace in a room which didn't have a centrally placed fire before involved the co-opting of an original Inglenook and its chimney next door in the dining room. This original Inglenook was subsequently filled in but the beam now makes a beautiful feature in the dining room. (see picture below.) This picture shows a wood burning fire with added coal for extra heat. Mixed coal-log fires produce more soot that logs alone and the chimney needs sweeping every 6 months.
On the left is an original Inglenook Fireplace with a log fire burning brightly in Exsurgo's bar and reception hall, faithfully restored by CAP, the Headley based Conservation Architects who were responsible for the total project including the unique interior design.
Cowdray cottage log fire with added coal in burning log fire picture above. A wood burning fire is improved by adding coal but at the expense of more soot, and the attendant risk of a chimney fire if not regularly swept.
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