A few years ago when I remodeled my basement, I had the contractor prep the existing wood burning fireplace for gas. I went to puchase an insert, but they were too expensive. I recently ran across a vent free model at a home center store for a reasonable price and it has great reviews. My only concern is that I have seen some articles that question the safety of vent free inserts. The fireplace is in a large open basement area. I have another fireplace upstairs in the main floor family room that I would also like to have an insert installed. I could aford to do both if I could use this product. I am in Iowa and it has been really cold here! Thanks.