Contemporary gas fireplaces commonly exhibit the following traits:
- Non-traditional shape; they're either long and linear or have a "portrait style"
- Non-traditional burner media; rather than displaying a traditional log-style fire these fireplaces use rock, crushed glass, coal, or beach-fire style burner media
- Contemporary fireplaces either come with or have optional light kits, blowers, remote controls, pilot light on demand, and battery back-up.
- Strong design features that command your attention as an integral piece of the home's furniture.