After I found this fireplace on Overstock I couldn't stop thinking about it and eventually splurged. It's a gorgeous piece that enhances any room. It's even more beautiful when lit. Since the fuel (another product entirely) is rather expensive I only light it about once every two weeks. It gives off a little heat but only if you're close to it so it's purely for asthetics. It's wonderful to be able to have a real fire in my apartment. I use pilar candles in lieu of fuel regularly. This will do just fine until I buy my house with a real wood fireplace. In fact, I'll move this to my bedroom then. Speaking of which, it will take two people to move this around safely, and never move it after you've lit your gel fuel. Enjoy!