Shoot, my insert is in the living room and does my wife complain??? Absolutely not! She love the heat. Now, I do use bagged coal but as you said coalman...its a small price to pay for the extra work. Like someone said in a post recently, its like a hobby for me too and as a result, I don't look at it as work and to be honest, it does not take but 10 minutes a day of my time.