fireplace surrounded by sculpted cob - a mixture of clay, sand & straw - that absorbs the heat from the fire and stays warm long after the fire is done burning. Much more efficient than a regular fireplace (which can have a net cooling effect).
"This home features straw bale walls with a hand rendered plaster finish, timber construction, reclaimed timber for stairs, rails and seating and polished concrete floor giving that natural and earthy feel" . ECO HOMES AUSTRALIA
***Especially Love the TOP of the fireplace*****A Russian stove, in which the masonry above the fire absorbs heat and radiates it into the home, can warm the entire house on most winter days. It also provides a striking centerpiece to the main floor.