The Invention of the Chimney

Maybe this seems like a strange topic for a blog post, but I’m sitting here by my nice warm fire, typing into my laptop, while it’s about 15 degrees outside (F).  I am not a medieval person, but I hate being cold and get grumpy if my house is below 68 degrees (and with the fire, I can get it a lot warmer than that). Round huts in which many early peoples lived did not have chimneys. They had fire pits in the center of the room, with or without a hole in the roof for the smoke to leave. According to the re-enactors at the National Museum of Wales, not having a hole wasn’t as bad as it sounds. The smoke did gradually filter through the thatch, and in so doing, had multiple benefits for the inhabitants of the Read more…