A: Yes, it does have realistic flickering.
A: We have learned over the years that set up / assembly times can vary. As a rule, we recommend you plan on two hours. And, while the fireplace can be set up by one individual it's easier and more fun if you recruit a helper. A very easy to follow instruction guide is included with a parts list (for handy reference) as well as a toll-free customer service number which is answered Monday thru Friday between 9:00am and 4:30pm Central Time. Your assumption regarding the ability to plug the fireplace into a standard wall outlet is correct. Thanks for asking and we're sure you will enjoy your new fireplace.
A: Hi Clare, the height of the fireplace is 42.25" H and the bookcases are 40.5" H each