We decided that it would be a good idea to install a fireplace insert in the fireplace in our home in France. Whenever the Mistral wind blows, the smoke from the fire is pushed back into the living room. So I never enjoy the fire. The living room isn’t well insulated (150+year old building), and it would be nice if the fire could add to the warmth of the room.
But maybe this isn’t the right time of the year to put one in. Perhaps January would be better?