I like the look of a wood burning fireplace, but they are not as convenient. It is harder to keep the house clean if you burn natural wood and not the logs you buy in the store. Also, with wood you have all of those ashes to take out of the house. This is another source of dirt and dust i the house.
The decision to install a gas fireplace is something we think will pay a long list of dividends in the future. Heating with the gas will be more efficient and cleaner.