I moved from a loft apartment with a fireplace to a new home without and I really missed the feature. This purchase was one of the smartest I've made in terms of indulgences, not only because it's reasonably priced, but because it's portable, it's cute and it's useful. We lost power one day in the dead of winter -- I'm talking below zero temps -- and were able to keep the living room toasty with this thing. The fire gel isn't cheap, but if you use it sparingly and adjust your thermostat to accommodate, you can offset the cost by turning the heat down while this is in use. I love the candle holders as well. The whole thing is just a nice addition to our living room. I'm looking to get another version for our bedroom because I've been so happy with this one.