We've lived in our house for four-and-a-half years now, and the gas fireplace has never worked properly. Dan was able to light it the first year - with great effort - but for the past three it sat idle and non-functioning. Our many attempts at finding someone to work on it proved futile. It took us awhile, but eventually we came to realize that fireplace shops aren't interested in servicing units they didn't sell in the first place.
I was determined that this year we'd have the fireplace functional for the winter months. Someone suggested that we contact a plumber instead of the fireplace specialists, so that's what I finally did. Thanks to Aardvark Plumbing, who sent someone out this afternoon, we now have a warm and cozy hearth. And, yes, I am a happy camper!
Here's a picture, looking from our dining area, through the lit fireplace (which is glass on three sides) into our family room. And as a BONUS, you can even see the red leather sofa!
All that's missing, now, is a rainy day, a good book and a cup of cocoa.