The modern gas fireplaces is truly a beautiful thing, the ultimate marriage of efficient functionality and elegant beauty. They are not like the old gas fireplaces, with their meek blue flames and their obscured tempered glass door panels that trapped in what little heat there was. These contemporary fireplaces feature real-looking yellow and orange flames curling around real-looking ceramic "logs," which are very visible through newer-style ceramic glass door panels, which also let the heat pass through to the rest of the room or outdoor space. A newer model gas fireplace has more cool accessories than the old gas fireplaces - child safety screens and pull screens, storage cabinets, mantles and display shelves, ornamental ceramic logs, overlay doors and louvers, decorative panels and all-purpose grills. They can be made of anything from cast iron or stainless steel to molded cement, or even bronze, with ceramic, stone or copper garnishes.
In the end the fireplace is installed by a stone mason, who will connect the carved piece or pieces directly to the wall with specialized galvanized wall ties. The shaped stone pieces are usually connected together with bronze pins, the gaps filled in with mortar, and finally sealed with grout material. The whole process can take many days to complete, but the result is a magnificent custom modern fireplace with a distinctive style.