To get the family room ready for painting (which includes the brick fireplace and mantel) we decided to ditch the old fireplace doors and heatilator system. The fireplace has a bit of a backdraft on windy days so we want doors that are more airtight and we wanted to get rid of the electric insert that no longer worked to circulate heat from the fireplace.
Andy removed the doors and used the shop-vac to remove as much of the remaining ashes and debris as possible.
With the fireplace relatively clean he was able to pull out the old insert and grate.
I thought it looked so much better without the brass doors but now that everything is finally painted it's hard to imagine that it actually looked like this for over 2 years. (Kodak photobombs again!)