I live in California in the San Francisco Bay Area so rarely freezing temperatures. I have about 3 cords of firewood and love a wood fire. We have a great room that is 1000 square feet and is always colder then the bedrooms (by about 5-10 degrees) I would like to get an insert for my existing fireplace to better heat the greatroom. Keep smoke out of the house (the current fireplace creates a lot of smoke since the damper doesn't seem to work very well) I want to be able to see the fire so a big glass front is important. My husband will do the installation so ease of installation is important. We are cost conscious (but not cheap) and want something that looks like a regular fireplace so no fancy or elaborate fronts that look more like a contraptions than fireplaces. The existing fireplace is brick and the opening is 35 inches wide, 24.5 inches tall and 24 inches deep the back of the firepalce is narrower then the front and is 28 inches wide the fireplace in the back slopes down so the height is not 24.5 for the entire 24 inch depth.