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12 October, 2016 | By Dimitry

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Who needs a roaring fire? These are just as show-stopping.

Amsterdam has many apartments that have non-functioning fireplaces. Why fireplaces work, and how best to build them, has been a topic of hot debate literally for centuries. From the first stone rings stacked around the campfire, to the modern factory built fireplaces with carefully engineered dimensions, there has been a steady evolution of design parameters to make sure they draw well and cast as much heat as possible. Most of this evolution has been by trial and error, and some designs work much better than others.

Simply put, there are a lot of fireplaces out there that have been closed up and cautious landlords who don’t permit using working ones. Even for those of us who can use our fireplaces, they sit untouched at least six months of the year. Well, after you’ve taken my lesson on cleaning your fireplace, there are a few things you can do to spruce up your hearth and keep it looking from barren. Real Simple recommends sticking a plant inside your non-working fireplace to “brighten up that black hole.” I have a few more ideas, so check out this slideshow to see them!

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