There are four points at which one attaches the base to the sides. For two of those, the screws did not thread smoothly; it took much longer than it should have to assemble, and I had to resort to a drill with a screwdriver bit. The cover plate for the flame area does not fit tightly. And I'm having the hardest time finding the bio ethanol fuel it uses. It's not like I can go to the local hardware or home improvement store; they don't carry, so I'll have to order on-line. Ergo, I cannot say yet how well it heats. Finally, the contact e-mail for questions doesn't work; I received a "this is not a valid address" when I wrote to ask if I could use rocks or stones in the container, so I still don't have the answer to that question.
I had a few specific things I wanted in an entertainment stand with a fireplace. It had to have a remote. It had to be tall and it had to look nice. I didn't know it when I bought it but the fireplace has a touch pad to adjust the heat, time, and fireplace settings, so that was nice. No ugly switches! It was everything I expected and more. The instructions were clear and it was shipped really well. 5 stars.
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