Re: Ugly Wood Burning Stove
An actual fireplace with masonry chimney will be the most expensive option by far. The possibility of installing one depends more on the structure of the house that we can't see from the photo; masonry fireplaces are so heavy they require their own foundations and generally are built from that foundation up.
If you're wanting to get away from wood heat, there are many nice options for lightweight gas fireplaces that can be made to look like a real fireplace, without modifying the structure or building additional footings.
As for wood heat, I don't know of any woodstoves that use a regular stovepipe but look like a fireplace. You might check with a local woodstove retailer. Pellet stoves are another option; they don't require as substantial of a stovepipe as woodstoves do.
By the way, woodstove flue temperatures are usually between 700-800 degrees F. Pellet and gas stove flue temperatures are typically between 300-400 degrees F. That's why the stovepipe requirements are different.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.