How do I use this rental fireplace

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I just moved into a house rental with a absentee landlord. We have a working GAS fireplace, but the previous tenant seems to have just piled wood on top of the gas flame output, which is just a flame-bar. Is this safe? What can I do to make this fireplace cozier, warmer, prettier? Is there a DIY solution or should I call a pro?
Thanks in advance. Picture attached.
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