These days just as fifty years ago a minimum list of fireplace accessories includes only a few necessary items. Nothing new was invented in the last century. Today you will need a set consisting of a poker, a shovel for coal, also brooms and tongs. Add to this list a screen that helps to adjust the flame, a grate and log holders, and that's probably going to be all you have purchase for the fireplace.
To assess practicality of the fireplace, we can judge it through its function. Its purpose is same as the classic wood fireplace and so is its function. It produces the same amount of heat as wood powered fire, eliminating the risk of flying sparks, smoke and other risks. These electric units generate no smoke and therefore don't require ventilation. There is no need of getting a chimney built or a duct system.