I always enjoyed having a fireplace and the smell of the wood burning. But, I do not miss the buying, stacking, carrying of the wood and then the cleaning and disposing of the wood ash. I am happy that I no longer contribute to the threatened air quality. There are still a lot of people that use wood in their fireplaces here in the mountains. I have full understanding because it is less expensive. Installation of the propane line and new fireplace can be costly.
I refinanced my mortgage several years back so I could afford some upgrades of this 1972 built house. It is a very good house, well built, great location and "has good bones" as they used to say! I certainly do not live in a fancy home but it sure is cozy. I am truly blessed to have had the foresight in buying this house 22 years ago. And, most importantly - - - staying put. I have lived in this home longer than any other place. After having to rent and live many places in over twenty years prior I am truly blessed. It certainly was a challenge to save for the down payment but the rewards and return on the money has been unmeasurable!