The Architecture Puzzler
Created by Dave Guadagni
Solution to Last Week's Puzzler
Architecture Puzzler #528
Masonry fireplaces in the eastern United States typically have a cast iron damper, while steel dampers are more popular in the West. To avoid rust, stainless steel dampers are favored along the coast. What is the major disadvantage of each?
The major disadvantage of cast iron dampers in masonry fireplaces is cracking. The disadvantage of steel is warping. The disadvantage of stainless steel is cost.
Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects
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One of the more than 1,200 fireplaces at the Palace of Versailles.