As human beings try to lessen their impact on the earth and minimise their impact on the environment we constantly look to find ways of doing thing quicker and easier. Heating our homes, especially during the cold winter months, is a massive drain on the earth and its natural resources. Converting to more energy efficient heating mechanisms in your home will ensure that you use less limited natural resources and you spend less on powering them.
If you are concerned about losing out in terms of aesthetics and still appreciate the visual appeal of a classic fireplace you can still have the modern technology with the good looks of stone fireplaces. It is possible to compromise between classic and contemporary and get the best of both worlds if you are smart about your purchase. Stone fireplaces can have a granite, marble, limestone or sandstone finish and can use gas to burn instead of wood if you are concerned about toxic emissions into the atmosphere.
While gas does not emit the same levels of toxic substances it does need natural gas or propane in order to burn, both of which are available in limited amounts.
If you live somewhere where there are a lot of trees available for burning and subsequent replanting your carbon footprint would be smaller than if you had to source gas from somewhere further away, so you have to weight up the advantages and disadvantages of your particular scenario to make an informed decision.
From a practical point of view if you live on a smaller property or in an apartment you may not have the space to store wood so gas might be a more practical solution for you. Wood does require more maintenance and work so if you want something easy to run and operate then you will probably benefit more from gas.
Take a look at the wide range of contemporary fireplaces that are available at Marble Hill Fireplaces.