About electric fireplace inserts
In the past was almost impossible to think that you could use something to replace the wood in your fireplace. With the technology advances, now we can use electricity to power out fireplaces and also achieve the same desired look. These the electric fireplace inserts.
The inserts are designed to fit into your existing wood burning fireplace. They use lights, mirrors and electricity to simulate the look of a log burning fire without actually using any logs. This gives you the possibility to have the same ambiance and also the heat, but without using any wood.
The main problem with the inserts is that you need to find some that really look real. You can expect to pay from $200 to $500.
If you can test the insert, then do it. This will help you see how the flame looks and how it moves around. The flames are quite hard to simulate by an electric device.
Also, to achieve the wood burning effect, you will need to find a device that will give you the real crackling sound of real fires. Most improvement stores have this kind of devices.
You can also look for a fireplace insert that can give you some control over the flame, heat, etc. You can find inserts that will have a control panel.