"..You're getting smarter by the (Watt) Hour ....I'd say ! fordy.. " Thank you. Several people (caring, concerned friends and relatives) are urging us to install gas logs. Seems to me that would defeat the purpose of having a wood burning fire place. I've never had a fireplace before. It's always been a dream, but never a reality until now. I have several questions. I'm assuming you clean the ashes out as needed. These can go in the compost bin and/or mixed in the bedding for the chickens. Right or wrong? What about the chimney. It's in a mobile home so the entire chimney is less than 6 feet in vertical length. What needs to be done to keep it clean? There are blowers made into this thing. I'm assuming it would be good to use them. Right or wrong? There is a wire mesh hanging inside of glass doors. Would there be greater heating with the glass doors kept open? Seems to me that it would. Other than "firewood," what else can be burned? Cardboard, newspaper, sticks from the yard? I know that anything chemically treated or pressure treated cannot be used.