Because it is an electric fireplace. In fact, we own an RV and we have a fireplace. An electric RV fireplace – who'd'thunk? I think that is the funniest, coolest, and oddest thing – all at the same time.
(I have more details that are a good overview of the rv fireplace in the article linked in this sentence.)
When we were shopping for a new RV, Sheri wanted a fireplace and I thought it was very silly. But now that we have it I think I like it better than her. It puts out GREAT heat, isn't too expensive to operate ( see our article on the cost of heating our RV in the Texas winter using the rv fireplace ), and it looks really great.
Look, we know the fire isn't real. It looks FAIRLY real, and it creates a fantastic ambiance in the RV even if it isn't a real fireplace. Before you knock it, I really recommend you give it a try.
I went ahead and took some video of the rv fireplace, which by the way is made by Dimplex, so that you can see the rv fireplace in action. The Amazon links I've provided are not the exact unit, but they are fairly representative and can give you a great start to avoiding wood and ashes. The actual unit we have is called the Dimplex BF8000. Here is the Dimplex BF8000 Manual, which I've put online on Google Docs for all of you.
Disclosure : I added the crackling fire and crickets to the video. I'm so sorry. I just could not help myself.
Enjoy the video…