You can adjust the flames, and they don't waste heat the way the older models did by trapping it inside, or the way wood-burning fireplaces do by letting most of it escape out the chimney or flue. Contemporary fireplaces demonstrations that something pretty can be completely practical. And convenient. There are no ashes or dead embers to clean out regularly, and there is no need to be able to light a fire with newspaper. If you already have a wood burner, you can get a new gas insert to convert that old fireplace into a better fireplace.
In designing contemporary fireplaces, the project commences with a basic design concept. Then a simple measured image is drawn up, which then is transformed into a life-size representation that permits a more detailed look at the moldings and the carving details so that more minute dimensions can be determined. After all of this information is ascertained, the details are sent to a stone mill, and the materials are ordered (10-ton blocks are commonly ordered as a starter piece, but each project will require something different).