Electric fireplaces are easy to maintain and do not require lots of cleaning. They don't produce ash and waste and are relatively maintenance free. Smoke and ash can also be hazardous to the health therefore these electric units are very favorable in houses with old people and small children.
When thinking of modern versions of a fireplace necessity, the log holder comes to mind. The older styles did the job of holding wood beside the hearth but not too close to the fireplace to allow for ease in keeping a fire going with more wood. Now, not only will the holder do just that, it will come in two pieces to make the job even easier to bring the wood inside.