Heat rises…

Opening the ceiling also revealed the other side of a decorative round metal vent plate, which had apparently been installed long ago as a convenient way to heat the second floor via the first floor fireplace.

decorative vent view from kitchen

(This is a view of the closed vent plate, as it appears in the kitchen ceiling.)

When we bought the house, we saw this vent in the floor in the room above the kitchen, but we didn’t understand its purpose.

decorative vent view from office (closed)

(This is a view of the closed vent plate on the floor, as it appears in the room above the kitchen.)

On opening the ceiling, we could see it was a direct vent from the first floor to the second.

decorative vent view from office (open)

(This is a view of the open vent plate on the floor, as it appears in the room above the kitchen. A bit unnerving, but cool!)

another view of vent

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