Looking to get a new fireplace, but not sure the kind? Here is an unbiased comparison that will help you choose.
Gel fireplaces are inexpensive, easy to maintain, easy to use. You also don't have to worry about toxic fumes or odors. Most Gel fireplaces can't output more than 3,000 BTU's, so if you're looking to heat a large area, you should consider a different type of fireplace
Pellet stoves create powerful, dense heat. Large hoppers can automatically feed the systems. They do require some cleaning, and reloading of the hoppers, but the heat output is unmatched by any other type. Wooden pellets are typically inexpensive, but you need to check availability in your area.
Electric fireplaces require no effort to start or maintain. Also electric fireplaces are typically inexpensive. The only problem would be if you lose power to your home, you lose heat as well.
Consistent flames, beautiful ambiance The price is determined by your provider of gas, but is usually more expensive than electric. You can get your gas fireplace working if you lose power, which is important.
Provides optimal visual entertainment., but require periodic cleaning and refilling. Fuel has to be cut up, and is not cheaper than electric. There also needs to be an exhaust for a wooden fireplace. If you're old-fashioned, this may be the option for you.