Discovered that I can look at an open fireplace and even have the crackle of the burning wood on my television! It plays Christmas music too!! All this and no mess with wood! I know the mess, we used to burn wood for years in our closed woodburner...I'm too old for that now! I think this will be neat on a cold evening when you just want to relax. Speaking of cold, it has arrived in NE Ohio and it brought snow flurries with it!