A fireplace is really not the greatest oil furnace out there, and but, it is all that have in my home, however the little gas heating system came with the home plus I can’t afford to replace it at the moment with this salary, then my main beef with the heating system is that it is not connected to any type of ductwork or baseboards. The heated air simply pushes out of a vent plus that is it. My massive downstairs level can hardly get heated with the little fireplace. The upstairs level is cold cold cold, all day, but i have purchased many section oil heating systems for the upstairs level to help. I have to keep one in the bathroom to stop my pipes from cold. I need to keep another situated in my dining room plus I also care about to have one in my main hallway. The tiny oil heating systems look terrible, but I have to do it in order for my home to not be a total ice box. I think if I had a little shack or maybe a home in the south even, a gas fireplace would be a feasible heater. It is not that powerful, but good enough plus it looks really nice; Climates that don’t require too much heating during the year would be perfect! When the temperatures get to be around 2 degrees though, well, I don’t really care how my fireplace looks. I want an industrial strength heating system in my house actually working around the clock to keep myself and others warm! Someday my main method is to get rid of the fireplace plus get a big boiler system in my basement. The huge boiler should be able to heat my entire home via baseboard, but or if I get really expensive one day I can hook piping to it plus have radiant floors.