My late aunt in London claimed that every British home had to have fireplace (many of them had just a bulb imitating fire). In US, I do have fireplace, but almost never use it. It is a toy, wasting energy. I went to fireplace store and asked about better efficiency. They told me that in order to get efficient heating I need an "insert" and redo of the chimney (expensive). This should get me 60k BTU, about the same as my gas furnace can deliver now. Too much for me.|
Audio gear in front of fireplace looks weird, I agree, but perhaps there is some way to mask it. I have the same problem, hoping to move to larger living room without it.