Today I took on the task of cleaning the fireplace. In the three years that I have lived in this house I have never actually built a fire, and for at least two years I have intended to give it a thorough cleaning. I finally got around to this tedious task today, and was greeted by years of ash and soot. After a lot of hard work and one incident involving a clogged vacuum filter I have a clean fireplace. I only wish mine was as appealing as these pictures that I have collected. It would be great to have one of these fireplaces to sit by tonight.