One more indispensable attribute of a fireplace is a mantels for fireplaces. Very often it is made of wood, typically of oak or walnut, and then it gets smoothed and polished or darkened by time and soot. Of course, the cost of fireplaces and fireplace accessories is quite high, mostly because the price of finishes and high quality materials. A fireplace is a bright, colorful interior decoration, a symbol of stability and warmth. And to some extent it is a luxury item, and as you know the real luxury just can not be cheap.
Wood fuels produce more and exceptional heat. They run on the radiant heat principle so they heat rooms a bit more proficiently and rapidly compared to heat produced via vent systems. Wood stoves produce heat that radiates through both tops and all sides of the unit hence sending warm to all directions in the target rooms.