Options for installing NEW fireplace or wood stove
We have an interesting fireplace. actually just the fireplace mantle. as far as we know there has never been a fireplace in our house but the mantle is original to the house. we like the look but not the empty space.
what are our options for a fireplace with out having to build a chimney?
we would be happy with gas but wood would be really nice. maybe a pellet stove?
are the book cases too close to the "fireplace"? is there a minimum amount of space that needs to be to the right or left of the fireplace?
Has anyone out there faced something like this?
Is this something that a pro should do or can a handy home owner take care of most of the install (not including the gas)?
Thanks for any tips or suggestions?