Wood-burning fireplaces provide great ambience, but they can't beat the easy, no-fuss efficiency of gas.
You don't have to split, stack, season, or haul logs.
There are no ashes to bag, no smoky smells, no chimney to clean.
You can start, adjust, and snuff out fires with the touch of a remote control.
The fire needs no tending and won't die out from neglect.
A wall thermostat can control the flame size—and therefore heat output—to maintain a specific temperature setting in the room.
The fixed glass panels covering direct-vent fireboxes ensure that the furnace- or boiler-heated air in the rest of the house doesn't escape up the flue, as it does with a wood fire.
You can get as much as 75 to 99 percent of a fuel's energy back as heat, instead of the 10 to 30 percent for wood fires.
Gas fireplaces can go almost anywhere—in an upstairs bathroom, in a basement, or outdoors—without needing a chimney.