Today, people like fireplaces in their houses for decoration and for extra comfort during the wintertime. Many people like to watch a fire in the fireplace during the colder months. However, in earlier years, the fireplace was a necessity. That is what the family used to cook their meals on. Since many pioneers did not have stoves or ovens, they had to rely on the fireplace.
The fireplace also kept the house warm since these houses did not central heat or air. Usually a house has to have a fireplace already built into the house because putting in a fireplace after the house is built is very difficult. Today, people can purchase stand-alone fireplaces where you don’t need to cut into your wall in order to have a fireplace. This one simply leans up right next to the wall.