Not really. There is of course a whole range of gas fireplace units that vary in size, type, and features. When weighing the cost of a fireplace, you should also take into account the long-term expense of time, energy efficiency, and construction. In all of these areas, gas fireplaces have a huge edge on wood-burning fireplaces. In terms of time, gas fireplaces allow you to turn on warmth and ambiance with the touch of a button. No longer do you have to trudge outside to retrieve wood, making a mess in the process. Instead, your gas fireplace is hooked directly into your normal gas line. Just turn it on and you can adjust the height, heat, and look of your fire with your remote. Clean-up is effortless as well: there is none! A gas fireplace does all the work for you. In terms of energy efficiency, a gas fireplace is a smart investment. Gas units convert all of their fuel directly into heat and ambiance, at a rate exponentially better than wood-burning units. No longer do you have to buy and store large heaps of wood that are wasteful in terms of energy efficiency, heat, and space. In terms of construction, a gas fireplace does not have the same limitations and costly requirements of a chimney-based wood fireplace. Instead, you only need to worry about the hearth and determine your system of venting. If you already have a chimney, you can easily and painlessly convert over to a gas system.