Looky what I hauled home the other night — a retro red fireplace!
I saw the Craigslist ad the day after it was posted. (The very nice seller must have been slightly color blind because he listed this as orange and it is most definitely red) I had previously decided that I needed one of these vintage Preway fireplaces for my collection of retro goodness — and I’ve never seen one for $150 before. Every other similar fireplace on Craigslist or Ebay has been listed for $300 or more. Why are they so expensive? Anyone know?
Like Leo, you are probably wondering what the heck I am going to do with this mid century fireplace — well I had something like this in mind.
The photo above is a Malm fireplace from the Design Within Reach website. This is a very pricey model, but I hoped to create a similar setting with my much brighter and much less expensive version.
I didn’t get much red smokestack with this guy — and I’m not really sure how high the smokestack needs to be for outdoor use, but I should probably get some sort of cover to put over the top of the pipe for when the fireplace is not in use (like over the winter).
The plan is to use this out on my oval patio in the back yard. I’m going to keep it under the porch roof for this winter.
It is so nice and shiny — and I’d like to keep it that way for as long as possible, but I know Wisconsin winters will be rough on it. Does anyone have any experience with using these fireplaces outdoors?