In order to spread warmth throughout a room, these electric fireplaces use a "fan forced heater". Large metal coils are heated within the fireplace, using electricity. A fan is then used to direct heat from the coils outwards, thereby heating the room. These fan forced heaters are silent and very energetic and efficient, allowing the heat to spread over a large area. As soon as an electric fireplace is turned on, the heat is provided instantly with no delay for heating elements to warm up.
Works perfectly as a real cooking stove. Some modern wood burning stoves are designed to work as cooking stoves. All you need is to install the cookware and adjust the temperature and you are good to go. With a good wood burning stove, you can thus reduce your expenditure on cooking gas.