One of the most important things that you can do when starting a fire is to make sure that it is going to be a safe fire.  Always inspect around the fireplace to make sure that there are the necessary fireplace accessories, so that you can manage the fire. The most important of these accessories is the mesh screen that you can pull together once you get the fire going.  The mesh screen helps keep all of the little pieces of debris from flying all over the room.  That will happen if there is a bit of moisture in the logs that you put in the fireplace.  This would not be an issue if you had a gas stove.

The gas stove would be in place with a lid that you can close, so that none of the heat gets out.  There have been a couple of houses that my parents have had with a gas stove.  The great thing about the stove is that it allows for the heat to be directed to different rooms.  That is not something that I have in my house now, but I think that it would be cool to have on in a cabin in the future.  The other thing to keep in mind is that the best part of having a fireplace is that you can roast marshmellows in it.  My parents and I roasted marshmellows in my fireplace several times growing up.  It was  a great thing for us to do as a family when we were not able to go up to the mountains or we were stuck at home.

Now, I have to focus on other stuff in my house.  I look forward to being able to get all of the necessary pieces in place so that I can finally get a house with a fireplace in it.  Once I do, I am going to try and put a grill in my fireplace and actually use it as a mechanism for smoking meat.  I wonder if anyone actually does that.  I would definitely need to check out some fireplace inserts that could help with the grill and barbecue.When I was living in Argentina, we would often grill meats and I think that it would be awesome to be able to use wood and the fireplace to do that.  All I would have to do is get a grill instead of a big rack on which I would put the meat and not the wood.  I think that it is possible and I would like to see just how I could get that to happen.  It would make me the happiest person alive to be able to do that in my current place or in the place that I will eventually move into.  I have to wonder how the meat would turn out if that is what I was going to try and do.  It turned out so well the previous times that I have tried that technique myself before.

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