Small Fireplace Solutions
Owners of historic homes face unique challenges in finding products to fit their small fireplaces and to complement a period décor. These tiny fireplaces were designed to burn coal and are most often found in homes built between 1880 and 1930. They are characterized by shallow depths and small openings which are taller than they are wide.
For the smallest fireplaces (under 11" depth) you'll want to consider a gas coal basket. We have a gas coal burner that , such as our Victor gas coal burner fits fireplaces as small as 5-1/2". Since these old fireplaces were originally built to burn coal, gas coals are a natural choice and their smaller venting requirements can usually be met. Gas coal baskets are a great alternative to burning real coal which is messy, or to burning tiny wood fires that will need frequent replenishment.