This is one of the plug in fireplaces. He really wants a soapstone. But our home we are in is small. So we are going to wait on the soapstone till we decide on a new home. But he got this,whenever we move we can put this in our bedroom. It cost 8 cents a hour to run on high. We have propane heat and you know how high that is! It has gone down a little but is still high CajunLizz suggested I add the where we got it from: amroyal.com for $ 269 dollars. They have different styles and colors and sizes. It came wrapped in bubble wrap so the toddlers, our youngest had some fun.