I love this thing, so glad I bought it. One reviewer said that they liked this piece because it felt like a substantial piece of free standing furniture, and I agree. I think that the finish is a bit darker than in the picture, but it is a lovely piece that adds character to my craftsman bungalow. My house should have had a fireplace, and this arts and crafts design fits beautifully. My package arrived missing one piece (or so I thought! check all the packaging!!) and a seriously broken piece. Overstock was responsive on both and sent replacements within a few days. When yours arrives, first be sure that you got two boxes. Unpack the firebox (smaller box), plug it in, and make sure it works. Then inventory everything else before assembling. And double check inside the packaging. You can adjust temperature, flame height, and brightness of the glowing coals, independently. The flames are not super realistic, similar to others I have owned----but the ambiance is right and the frame is chunky and more substantial than other fakes. I'm thinking of adding a tile "hearth" because the wood of the mantle is dark and my floors are also dark. Tiles underneath would enhance the illusion and make it stand out more.
Our new fireplace looks great! I was able to put it together without any help (although having another person to hold boards would have been nice, but it was not necessary). The quality of this fireplace is very good and I was surprised with how easy it was to put together. We bought this for our main living room and we do have our 42" flat screen sitting on top of the mantle (against manufactuers suggesting otherwise--we are risk takers). The only complaint is that the shelves were not quite wide enough to fit our cable box and dvd player, but depending on your provider/brand, yours may fit. The "flame" effect of the fireplace is very realistic and the heater works great! You would never guess this fireplace is electric. It's very quiet to run as well.
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