No, it's not actually cold enough to need a fire yet. The new insert said to leave windows and doors open during the first fire because the paint would be "curing" and would produce fumes (and it did). We figured we better do this before it gets too cold. The day after this, we had 90 degree weather! Now we're 20 degrees cooler again. Maybe we'll actually need the fireplace in the next month sometime, but for now we'll just enjoy the beautiful fall weather here in TX.