WOW! thanks for all the thoughtful responses, this place is awesome.
Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC
It is in man's genetic background to build shelter and start a fire. I doubt you'll find the desire to have a roaring fire going during a good movie. Also a heat source is usually not appreciated in a well insulated air tight theater space. You may need to run the air conditioner when you use the fireplace.
lol at needing an air conditioner, no one in this area owns an air conditioner. Sometimes I will want a fire, maybe for sports or TV. when it is distracting I can just flip a switch to turn it off. I hear ya on the genetic background, I've been a fire lover since day one!
Originally Posted by Fabricator
i say = get 2 fireplaces = stereo. just don't use em during a movie. find another place for the sub, should have 2 of em anyway.
Two subs would be nice, but the one I have currently is plenty. Two fireplaces is out of the budget and just kinda weird :P
Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC
I would take the money for the fireplace and buy a heated massage chair.
I'm really considering this.
Originally Posted by macadoo
As someone who also appreciates a good fire, I say go for it. However, could it be located away from the front wall? I had a fireplace in my first theater and loved it in the winter.
I'm not sure where else to put it. In the corner seems like the natural spot to provide the best heat and ambiance. That corner is also where the pellet stove was. Here is a more complete picture of the layout, the punch out on the left side is a kitchenette/wetbar:
Originally Posted by Elill
If you do end up getting one make sure its correctly flued - not only for gas emisions etc, but from a soundproofing/flanking perspective.
Can you elaborate on this a little? I'm not sure what you mean... Thank you.
Originally Posted by jamis
I'm becoming a fan of ethanol fireplaces. They look super modern, clean, and minimal and much like a propane fireplace
Wow, I have never seen those before, looks pretty cool. I will look in to it, thanks.
Originally Posted by D-Train
I say go for it. I put a natural gas fireplace in mine but am not finished so can't comment on how well it works.
Yeah, I really think it will be nice for TV and sports in the winter. We use the pellet stove a lot right now. We also have the whole house HVAC unit, but it's just not the same, and it takes a little longer.
Originally Posted by sumavguy
My parents have a real fireplace about 8-10 feet off to the left of the screen, and it does wash out the picture some. It really depends on how picky you will be. Also what about radiant flooring and then heated seats?
I've thought about radiant heat, but it seems expensive and overkill for a basement theater. Still considering heated seats.
Originally Posted by oman321
+1 on putting it somewhere other than the screen wall. I was thinking about doing one in my rec. room but I was told by a plumber that the flue-less ones are illegal in MA. I'm not certain if it true ot not but maybe a future upgrade if isn't or they are allowed later on.
The fireplace im considering is a direct vent model, not sure where else to put it. You can see my layout above, any suggestions are appreciated.
Also, here is a chzy live motion pic of how it looked with the pellet stove, before I started the rebuild...
the new room will be much more like a dedicated theater, with a nicer PJ, speakers, acoustic treatments, a false wall 15" in front of the current wall. this new false wall will have a wider (2.4:1) acoustically transparent screen hiding the speakers.