Having a regular fireplace takes a lot of care and all.
It isn’t love having a single of those electric fireplaces or gas fireplaces.
With a regular fireplace you need to constantly make sure that the sparks are not going too much. Because things could get out of hand if you have a entirely superb fire going and somehow it blows slightly out of the fireplace from some kind of wind or something from outside coming down the chimney. This happened to me recently. I had the fireplace going and the sparks started to drift a bit outside of the fireplace and off to the side. I was fortunate that I was paying attention and seen it happening! I had to hastily put out the fire and see where the issue was coming from. It looked to have been coming from the upper end of the chimney. When the winds outside are this bad, it gets in. So this is where it is best not to use your fireplace and just turn on your central heating system if you have a single of those. If you do not have central heating, then turn on your gas furnace or your portable space oil furnace until the wind has passed. Then you could go head and light up your fireplace all over again once the wind has cleared. So just be extra careful when using an authentic real fireplace and it could be the best thing you ever experienced! They are much better than an electric fireplace or gas fireplace at the end of the day.