I was looking at purchasing an Electric or Ethanol Fire anyway I thought about searching for Gas and I'm pleased i did. If you remember old coal fires as a child and the worm cozy feel on cold days but you don't have room or the money to install a real fire, this is ideal. Believe me you'll be really pleased with this item if you purchase it because its loads cheaper than at Amazon and its easy to assemble / no install of gas or dirty coal. Yes there is a light smell but if you use an oil burn on the top of this unit it will mask that smell. The unit put out loads of heat I'm so pleased with it.