I'm taking a poll. The Husband wants to use the fireplace this winter while he's working inside the house. Something about it being cold in the North Country six months of the year and efficiently disposing of scrap bits of wood. I want to have an inaugural fire once the house is complete and we're moved in, and the kids are at their grandparents' house and Norah Jones is on the stereo.... oh, hey. Are you still there? *ahem* Sorry.
I think it'll be all black soot and ugly in my beautiful new house. He thinks that it's a matter of practicality.
What say you?