Two things I wanted for my cottage, but never thought I'd be able to get were a piano and a fireplace. Last year, I got the piano - an old, beater of a spinet I bought on craigslist for $50. This year, I am getting my fireplace! I just had to wait for technology.
I've had my eye on electric fireplaces for a few years now, but I couldn't justify the non-necessity and expense of them. This year, though, we had a need for a heater for the school room. I heard nothing but good about infrared heat. Lo and behold, I see that they make infrared fireplaces that heat just as well as the less asthetic boxed heaters and cost around the same. I found the Lifesmart on Walmart.com, and read the reviews...good reviews. Even better, I found the same unit on Overstock.com for cheaper than Walmart and free shipping to my house!!
It comes with casters so I can move it about the house where needed. It heats up to 1000 square feet, which is perfect for my little cottage. And tomorrow it arrives! Pics to come soon!