In preparation for a cold winter we invested in a fireplace insert. Our existing fireplace was the kind that burned wood and didn't have a blower therefore rather than providing heat it sucked all the heat from our home and shot it out the chimney. Not very energy efficient. Last year we put an electric insert in the fireplace for my viewing pleasure, but after a 3 day power outage last winter we decided it was time to invest in something that will keep us warm whether we have electricity or not.
So here it is, in all it's glory. Except that it's not actually installed yet in this photo. We have a bit of work to do to make room for the chimney liner to get through the preexisting damper but hopefully we'll have this beauty up and running soon. I'm so excited for cozy evenings by the fire sipping on cocoa, or wine, or beer, or whatever strikes our fancy that night!