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OK, so it’s not really fake. It’s just gas. And it’s behind some sort of Star Trek glass that prevents heat from coming through to the room. It looks like a fireplace, but it doesn’t seem to fulfill that one desire most of us want from a fireplace: heat.

That’s not true, either, is it? The main thing we want from a fireplace is for it to look like a fireplace. Heat may be what we need, but we can get that from a regular old furnace or even the stove. What we like about fireplaces is the sight of the fire. The flames licking the logs, the pop of the air in the wood as it escapes.


The logs aren’t burning because, well, I don’t know what they’re made of but it’s something that doesn’t burn. And the flames themselves aren’t the pretty reds, oranges and yellows of a campfire, but the blue of a gas flame. It’s everything you want from a fire … except what I want.

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About Sam White

Samuel Ben White (“Sam” to his friends) is the author of the newspaper comic strip “Tuttle’s” (found at and doctortuttle,com) and the on-line comic book “Burt & the I.L.S.”. He is married and has two sons. He serves his community as a chaplain with hospice. Contact him at In addition to his time travel stories, Sam has also written and published detective novels, a western, three fantasy novels and four works of Christian fiction.

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