If you don't have a real fireplace, fake fire is the way to go.  This is my fake fire, and believe me, I did my research! One thing you don't want are "predictable" flames.  Random flames look more like real fire and give you that cozy ambiance. The art of imitation fire has come a long way.  But I've found that one company really stands out....DIMPLEX.  Mine cost only about $100, but larger units with mantle can get as high as $2000.  But there are LOTS of choices in between.  Click the button to see the very coolest, most realistic top of the line from Dimplex!