We had been in our house a little over two months when we finally acquired a fireplace guard. I didn’t want to turn the fire on as we have carpets in the living room, thankfully the weather hadn’t been too cold. We have not had radiators put on the walls either as the plaster was still drying. So the fireguard came just at the right time. We have started using the fireplace everyday and it has been wonderful, the noise, the smell and the warmth are great. It has taken us a few weeks to get the hang of starting and keeping the fire going but we are getting there.
Here is a photo of our first attempt.