The pictures below are from Iggy in New York. He sent me a picture of his fireplace and asked me what we can do to help him. Well sit down and watch. A new pan, hood, surround, tile and Starfire Base Glass! Nice insert, not! Just like "Nice Logs", not!
below is a template for the stainless steel pan
Below we added a pan
Below we added a vent which was taken out years ago.
Above you can see the the key valve and below you don't see it. Because we made a removable panel!
There you have it in Rochester New York, Iggy it looks great.
The next abomination I had to post! A customer asked me what he had to do to convert their fireplace! This is supposed to be an insert. Putting a fireplace in a fireplace is just nuts! If you were shown what they are or were going to do, would you still continue? I don't think so. This seems like a money making scheme to sell you something as ugly and idiotic as an insert. Why couldn't they come up with something more aesthetic or useful? I guess the fireplace industry is not very creative. After seeing so many of these the only advice I can give is RUN if anyone recommends an insert. You be the judge:
It looks like they hacked up the fireplace installing the flexible vent, nice job!
in my opinion, they butchered the fireplace and stuck in some insane part of a dead robot! It's a fireplace! Your looking for failure if you install this type of a fireplace.