Been reading a lot, first time posting. After way too much looking and sticker shock on the prices of these things, we decided on a Regency L540EB-NG gas insert. This jewel is costing $3500 + installation, which includes the seasonal $250 discount. I called around and that seems to be the going rate. A few questions: 1) Does Regency typically offer a better after holiday sale? We wanted it done by end of year but already missed that boat. We'll wait to place the order if they usually offer better discounts in early Jan. 2) Anything I should be looking for re: best practices on a professional installation? - I'm thinking they should use a fire rated insulation (i.e. roxul) at the top and bottom of my chimney. Won't it be too hot for fiberglass? - Should I request any particular type of stub out / valve in the firebox? There is already a ball valve at the start of the gas run, about 30ft away. 3) Unit includes a remote. I want to tie it into a standard heating/cooling thermostat in the future. Anything I should ask to be done at this point to assist with that? All advice appreciated. Thanks!