Went to a friends newly constructed 5,000 sq ft home for a Christmas party last night. He's an enthusiastic wood burner, but won't listen to me about the awesomeness of a modern stove or insert. Had his brick mason buddy build a HUGE Rumsford fireplace in his living room. Since it wasn't particularly cold last night, he had a small fire going. Like my old fireplace (pre-insert) it was hot when you were up close, and cold more than 5 feet away. And the worst part was that there was a fair amount of smoke leaking into the house. People as far away as the kitchen were complaining about the smoke. When we got home last night my wife's hair and my sweater smelled like a campfire. My wife thanked me again for pushing her into getting our insert. It just works SO much better than an open fireplace. I tell everyone who will listen that if you LOVE burning wood, you simply MUST get yourself an insert or a stove. It just makes the experience so much more enjoyable. Will my friend ever learn? We'll see....I don't know how long he'll be able to put up with that setup.