Victorian-looking fireplace inserts?
We have a 1909 house with a nice old cast-iron coal-burning fireplace, which of course sucks all the heat in the house up the chimney and is unusable except on summer evenings. We're really sorry to see it go, but we do want to be able to use the fireplace for heat (we live in a cold spot), so we're looking at hearthmount stoves or inserts. The hearthmount is our preferred option, but may not work because there isn't sufficient clearance to the mantel. All the small inserts we've seen look wrong; they tend to be horizontal where the original is vertical, and they have a modern look. Jotul makes a pretty nice one but it's way too big for our situation. Have we missed something? Can anyone suggest a solution? I would think there would be big market for Victorian-coal-fireplace-looking wood inserts (I've seen a gas one). Thanks.