When my partner Mohammed and I first moved into our home, we were bummed about the boiler system. The boiler was located in the basement! It was immense, rusty plus ugly looking. It took up half the basement plus it did not look like it could heat at all; What was horrible is that the residing room floor had a bunch of grates in it to allow the heat from the boiler to rise up. Mohammed and I thought it looked so classless. He and I wanted to patch the holes up, get rid of the boiler then get a classy gas fireplace. However, since he and I were newlyweds, we could not afford a new furnace plus a totally remodel of the house. After a single Winter, he and I were thankful we had left the boiler in the condo. That boiler in our condo was the greatest heating idea in the world. It was powerful plus could heat our entire place in under an hour; On days where the temperatures are -20 degrees, the boiler did it just as effectively. The numerous grates in the residing room were hideous. So what Mohammed and I did was patch most of them. We we left the greatest grete that was centrally located in our residing room. We framed it with rugs so it did not look half bad; He and I used to sit on that grate in the afternoon before our jobs to get a little heating. After the boiler died, we did cover the grate plus get a gas fireplace. It is not even sort of the same. The fireplace is not as effective at all.