Glad it's worked out, you must be having a great time firing up the gas after years of electric.
I've had a 42" VAH over a 36" Blue Star (like Ted) for 5,6 years. I love the BS but I've had my issues with the loud, hard-to-clean VAH -- still, it keeps the air clean & looks great.
For anyone else considering these 2 appliances, here's my .02:
VAH: Talk to your installer/contractor about quieting the operation with installation (remote blower, silencing tricks).
Blue Star: Fabulous American made range & way easier to clean than you'd think, don't let that stop you.
Once you're in the market for these appliances you're often splitting hairs. This must be why most of us are happy with our purchases after making different decisions.
Buy local, buy glass.
It might be fun to find a local beekeeper. The easiest way is to wander the farmers' markets but you could also contact a local beekeeping association (google, facebook, libraries all harbor beekeepers).
I have backyard bees & would not bottle their hard work in plastic -- particularly since I avoid chemicals in the yard & in the hive boxes. There is a lot of questionable honey out there. It's a good bet to look for raw products originally packaged in glass. And get a taste first, if you can!