My husband and I have owned this fireplace for a year now and I have only great things to say about it. We bought a new house last year and really wanted a fireplace but unfortunately ended up falling in love with a house that didn't have a fireplace. I found this one on overstock and purchased it after reading good reviews. I have to say I don't miss the traditional fireplace w/mantel as this is very portable and has a modern feel. We are a young couple and host lots of gatherings in our home and everyone is always impressed with the modern design and the heat that it throws off. It is definitely ALWAYS a topic of conversation when people see it for the first time. Aside from the look of this fireplace it really came in handy when we lost power last winter and had no heat. We lit this fireplace up and moved it to the entry way so that it would throw heat upstairs and it did just that in about 30 minutes. It was a lifesaver when we were stuck in a home without heat. Overall I recommend this fireplace and would say stop thinking about it and just buy it, you won't regret it.