Fireplaces are a nice feature in any home. Count Rumford fireplaces, known for their heat efficiency, are tall and shallow, reflecting heat back into the room. Constructed from fire bricks and refractory mortar, they will tolerate very high temperatures. The distinctive throat design connecting the firebox to the flue wastes less heated room air.
For more on fireplaces, consider:
Gas Fireplaces 101
Firewood Primer: Which Wood Burns Best?
10 Accessories for the Fashionable Fireplace