How to Build a Fireplace
Rumford, Brick Style

Traditionally, a Rumford fireplace is characterized by a tall, shallow firebox designed to reflect heat into a room instead of letting it all go up the chimney with the smoke. 

In this execution, Mike Mehaffrey maintains the aesthetic but adds depth to the firebox to meet code, while tapering the back wall inward to maximize heat reflection. Although the entire assembly will eventually be surrounded by 8 inches of solid masonry, the focus of this video is on the layout and erection of the visible, interior fire-brick layer of the firebox.

This video was produced and featured on the FineHomeBuilding site.