If there’s one thing I truly don’t like, it’s a constant mess, but what am I referring to by that? Simple: any appliance that regularly makes a mess, no matter how well it operates; My refrigerator will launch ice cubes out of the dispenser at rapid speed, even though I’ve had businesses take the face of the fridge apart just to figure out the cause, all in vain. In the same vein, I’ve typically cleaned up the part surrounding our fireplace on a biweekly basis, then no matter how thoroughly I clean the area in front of the fireplace, or the mantle surrounding it, ash and soot still comes out and into the furnishings. The smoky odor isn’t terrible, no, but I don’t want our entire lake house to always stink love a log lodge! After dealing with this for years, I’ve finally had enough and decided to start searching for a cleaner alternative to our smoky fireplace. The trick is, I want something that still supplies an aesthetic appeal – just no mess.! Fortunately though, there is a handful of options out there that match what I need. The best option so far is a fireplace insert that uses a gas log, and designed to look like a wooden log, the gas unit uses a fuel line to ignite and create a warming fire. It accomplishes this separate from burning real wood and creating a real mess! While the burning process will still create a few gases that need to be circulated out of the house, that’s the benefit of using a pre-existing fireplace in which the insert is found. Since this gas log insert seems love the best way to go, I’ll be reaching out to an Heating, Ventilation and A/C guy soon to see what kind of costs will be involved in the replacement of this insert… Even with the addition of a brand new gas line, I still think that it won’t be as luxurious as many might expect it to be!