I am brand new to the forum, and I am quite impressed with what I have learned so far. I have done some searching, but I need to understand what my options are for my specific situation. Here it is: My house is 6 months old, purchased as a spec. home. In the great room, is beautiful floor to ceiling faux field stone work - it is flat face stone and mortar. It is approximately 8 feet wide. There is a large raised hearth, which comes out approximately 16 - 18" (it is raised probably 18"). There is currently a Majestic BC36 fireplace installed. It was originally set up with gas logs, but I removed so I could burn wood. However, there is no blower, and the fireplace is all show and no heat. I am therefore trying to research my options, as I want to use wood to help heat my home. I think I want to go to a wood burning insert like the Regency I3100 or I2400, but I don't know if that is the best option? Also, with the mortar work done around the existing fireplace, is this going to be a huge expense, or is it really not that big of a deal to switch out inserts? I am a complete novice to burning wood, but I have 10 completely wooded acres and have lots of wood already cut and split from the trees removed to make a small yard. I really want to utilize that wood to heat my home. With my current set up, I would be better off selling wood to pay for LP than burn it in my fireplace. Sorry for being so wordy...any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated.