Following removal of the old insert, trimming of some stones, and removal of the old hearth, the new insert was put in place. It is wider and taller than the old insert.
The gas line was hooked up, new electrical wiring to accommodate the new remote.
The unit viewed from the cut in the chimney.
It looks very much like a small furnace.
The chimney was closed off about eight feet up and the new fireplace vented to the outside. The workers re-assembled the shingles which were removed for the cut.
Look at that.
You cannot tell where the cut was made.
The lower hearth stones were placed and cemented.
The gas logs were inserted and connected. The wiring was completed. A glass panel was placed to seal the fireplace and then the frame was placed around the unit.
The county inspector came out twice during the process to make certain everything was done safely and properly.
So after 10 days and a ton of money we went from this...
To this. TaDa!
The fireplace has gentle blowers which, when activated, suck the cooler air from the floor and send it out through the sides. That plus the radiant heat from the glass warms the room quickly. The remote has functions we will likely not use and can be programmed like your furnace thermostat to automatically come on or shut down at certain intervals. You can set a temperature and the fire will adjust itself to keep that temperature. There is even a light inside to illuminate the fireplace when there is no fire. The frame doors will open if you choose and you never have to put a log on the fire.
We are absolutely delighted with the fireplace. How wonderful to have a warm fire with my morning coffee. We just love it. And Lucy loves the warm hearth which is so much easier on the neck now that it is not so tall.