Hi - thanks for your comment on my blog. I figured it would be easier if I responded here.My fireplace does not work (it was never a wood burning fireplace - it was used for heat). We could have it converted but it would require us lose quite a lot of space in the room. Personally I would never light a fire while I was sleeping - Im too paranoid. So I don't mind that it doesn't work too much. Its pretty to look at anyway.