Fireplace Bumper Guard - There is a day when burning wood in the wood burning fireplace was the only alternative. That's before the furnace, baseline heaters and central air. So, having a fire-place was absolutely essential.
But, there were so many things different back then. They weren't burning wood that was treated. There weren't a billion homes in the planet at that time. Obviously, it's still excellent for wide open areas like in the country in your farm-house or in your own ranch. However, in city and suburban places where living is limited is not conducive to the wood-burning fireplace.
But, we don't have to totally trash the whole concept of having a fire-place in the house. You'll find alternatives. A few of these alternatives look just as good as a wood-burning fireplace and throw every bit as much heat.