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Time to instal the insert

This project is moving so smoothly, it's daunting. It looks like we will have a new, working, nonsmoking fireplace in time for, well, this weekend. Here is what the filled in box looks like:
After the not-so-original firebox was removed, the space needed to be re-framed, as the insert is cast iron, so very heavy. This is why you see the new sheet-rock in the background. And this is what the insert looks like from the back:

I must admit, I didn't realize it will be that shallow, but our contractor tell us there will be a very significant difference in the amount of heat generated, not to mention absence of draft. We shall see.


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