The 1963 Preway Fireplace Story by SMSmith

Real Estate

In January 2016 I shared a story on YouTube about our 1963 Preway fireplace and compared it to buying a house. To date, that has been the most viewed video on my YouTube channel.

I just watched it again and realized that I left out a very personal detail that I think is worth sharing. I’ll add it to the end of this blog. 

The video is embedded below.

Here is the content of the video.

"What do you do when you find a house that you really want, and you don’t want to lose it?

Well I can tell what I did with this 1963 Preway fireplace. If you don’t know what that is, it’s like an upside-down metal funnel of a fire place that is somewhat portable. You can put it in different parts of your house and pipe it into your ceiling and out your roof.

My wife and I wanted one of those in the worst way. She had been spending a lot of time on eBay looking around. Most of them were pretty used. After all, it is a 50 year old fireplace. So she finds this one in Colorado on eBay that stated it was brand new in its original crate – never used. It was pretty pricy, but it was a one of a kind. There were other Preway fire places, but none that had never had a fire burned in them. Hundreds of people were watching it on eBay, but no one had bid. There were several days left and they were probably all waiting until the end to bid to try to get it as cheap as possible. Katrina and I wanted that fireplace. We did not want to lose that fireplace. I looked at my wife and said… “it’s what we want – it fits our needs – are you really thinking that you are going to find another one like this? “ Of course the answer was… we need to get this. We did a buy-it-now and everyone else lost their opportunity because they hesitated.

What do you do when you find a house that you really, really want and you don’t want to lose it? Don’t hesitate!"

What I left out of that video was that my dad had just passed away and left us a small inheritance. We wanted to purchase something with the money that would always remind us of him. That was in 2012. My dad’s final present to us has been in our home or office ever since. Someday it will become our kid’s fireplace. They will have either have piece of Grandpa in their home or a rare item to put back on eBay.

Written by Steve Martin Smith


Steve Martin Smith is a top Sarasota County area Real Estate Agent licensed in the state of Florida since January of 2015. With an impressive launch, he attained the number two ranking in his brokerage of 20 agents by the end of 2016. That caused other brokerages to aggressively attempt to recruit him and eventually he accepted an offer with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in March of 2017. Since that time Steve has reached many personal heights. Selling $1,000,000+ estates from Panther Ridge in Manatee County to Burnt Store Marina condos in Punta Gorda, Steve has managed to become the top selling Coldwell Banker agent of single family homes in the area that includes Venice, Venice Island, Nokomis and The West Villages since 2017. He is also in the top 40 of all Sarasota County Realtors.