Understanding fireplace options
My house has what I think was originally a wood burning fireplace; it has a regular chimney with a flue that can be opened and closed, and just chain curtains in front of it. There are basic gas logs in there now, which you manually light with a lighter after turning on the valve with key-like wrench.
What I want is a gas fireplace with an enclosed glass front, which can be lit with a switch on the wall or a remote control. I am confused about what the different options are in this case and what the pros and cons are. Do I want "direct vent"? "Vent free"? An "insert" or a "fireplace"?
I am also having a hard time getting an idea of what I should budget for this project. Is it likely to be possible to do this properly for around $5k, or should I allocate more?
We live in a warm part of the country, so this is mostly cosmetic. I don't expect to use it all that often, and when we do, I don't think heating effectiveness will be a primary concern. I just want it to look nice and be low maintenance.