This fireplace is beautiful and simple to assemble. It didn't come with wood glue so I didn't use any and it is very solid. Mostly real wood. I didn't get this for heating purposes but it does heat very well. I am a very busy person and I worked on this after work having to stop a few times to pick up kids and such so I assembled this in 2 days. Just took my time with it. The shelving units are separate so I assembled them on the second day and it took about an hour. I didn't use power tools but I think the material would have held up fine using them. I did spend alot of time researching these and this one was by far my favorite and the price on this site can't be beat. It is a beautiful, rich, warm color similar to the picture. Instructions were simple to understand and for once I didn't have to take anything apart because I put a piece in upside down.