Unique Ways to Add Fire to your Living Room
When temperatures start to plummet and snowflakes start to fall, nothing creates a cozy living area quite like the presence of a roaring fire. The gorgeous glow and the comforting crackle give every interior a timeless elegance that can’t be replicated. Nothing is more relaxing than a plush blanket, a glass of wine, and a fire on a cold winter night.
If you are looking to increase the ambiance in your living room, adding fire is a beautiful way to start. No matter if you are a traditionalist or prefer a sleek, contemporary look within your living spaces, there is a way for you to introduce this mystifying natural element into your home.
Here are 4 Unique Ways to Add Fire to your Living Room -
A Wood Burning Fireplace
A traditional fireplace imparts an old-world elegance to your interiors. Wood burning fireplaces make every single night in your living room feel like a romantic, rustic getaway. These structures add warmth to your home as well as an unmatched ambiance and a nostalgic sense of style.
If your home doesn’t include an original wood burning fireplace, installing a new one is always an option. Keep in mind, installing an authentic fireplace within your living room requires a qualified contractor to remove walls, construct a chimney, install the fireplace, and craft a mantle on the surrounding wall. Although this is an expensive and invasive project for any homeowner to undertake, the results are often well worth the required costs.
There are numerous benefits when it comes to constructing a brand new wood burning fireplace. Not only does the presence of a fireplace increase the resale value of your home, you can also ensure it adheres to modern energy standards and codes. Not to mention, you get the pleasure of curling up in front of a fire on cold winter nights.
The presence of a traditional, wood burning fireplace also allows you to perfectly customize your mantle. No matter if you opt for sleek, white surroundings or prefer an authentically rustic look, you have the ability to design this important focal point to your exact preferences and specifications. The result is a comfortable living space that perfectly aligns with your tastes.
An Electric Fireplace
If you want to enjoy the beauty and ambiance of a roaring fire without the hassle, expense, or upkeep of a wood burning unit, consider an electric option. These modern fireplaces are incredibly convenient and provide you with a quick, easy, and cost effective way to enjoy the beauty of fire within your living spaces.
Electric fireplaces are a great option if you want to enjoy the benefits of a fireplace without any of the headaches that are often associated with wood burning models. These convenient and exceptional fireplaces don’t produce any real flames – instead, they have a realistic flame effect that can be dimmed to create the amount of light and flame you desire.
Because there are no flames present, homeowners never have to worry about disposing of messy ash or other constant upkeep that comes along with traditional fire places. This also means that homeowners don’t have to worry about the safety issues or hazards associated with having a real flame present within your living spaces.
Safe and easy to install, electric fireplaces are an exceptional option if you are looking to introduce the beauty of fire into your décor. They also provide you with a plethora of options when it comes to their overall design and appearance. If you are a traditionalist, install them within a classic mantel to mimic the look and feel of a rustic fire. If you prefer something unexpected, you can also find media consoles that come complete with electric fireplaces at the base. The absence of flames or vents means there is greater versatility when it comes to your design options.
A Wood Burning Stove
Another way to add fire to your living room is to install a wood burning stove. They impart a vintage, bucolic element to you home while also adding the warming glow of authentic flames. Wood burning stoves are reminiscent of a simpler time and have an antiquated elegance that makes them a pleasing focal feature of any room.
Wood burning stoves provide the genuine crackle of a wood burning fire without some of the hassles of installing a wood burning fireplace. When installing a wood burning stove, it is imperative to adhere to the very specific safety requirements that are currently in place. They need to be placed at least 1-foot away from non-combustible walls or least 2-feet from standard, combustible walls. In addition, they need to be placed on an appropriate, UL-approved hearth made of concrete, brick, or other non-combustible materials.
Creating an appropriate space for your wood burning stone to sit is just the beginning. A chimney must also be installed so that smoke can easily escape. Although this installation process is less expensive or invasive than installing a traditional chimney, it still requires careful consideration and the work of an approved professional. A stove’s cylindrical chimney should extend all the way to your roof so that the smoke can be properly expelled while it is in use.
Although smaller than a traditional fireplace, wood burning stoves have their own unique charm. A statement-making addition to your décor, they are often made of a rich, rustic cast iron, which adds to their vintage appeal. With that said, sleek, modern options are also available if you are looking for a way to introduce a wood burning stone into more contemporary interiors.
Modern Wall Mounts
For a sophisticated and contemporary way to introduce flames to your living space modern wall mounts and fixtures powered by ethanol are a perfect fit. These sleek units have an almost futuristic look that appeals to homeowners looking to impress visitors and follow current design trends.
Ethanol flames are caused by burning an eco-friendly, bio-ethanol fuel source. These flames have the same mystifying and magical appearance of authentic flickering flames, however they are a safer and more contained alternative to wood burning fireplaces. These units also do not require a vent of any kind and do not produce messy ash, making them a low maintenance option for modern homeowners who desire the beauty, ambiance, and warmth of flames without continual cleanup.
While traditional-looking options are available, ethanol wall units are typically surrounded by modern elements like glass, chrome, or acrylic. These sleek materials have a crisp, modern, and sophisticated look that works well with contemporary, designer-inspired décor. You can also find sleek, glass-enclosed sconces or other small wall fixtures that allow you to elegantly enhance any living spaces with flames.
In addition, tabletop ethanol units are small, portable, and allow you to place them anywhere within your home. Tabletop units can be taken outside when hosting a backyard barbeque or placed on your dining room table to add unique flair to any dinner party. These modern units are the perfect way for young, urban, or contemporary homeowners to introduce flames into their décor in an easy and hassle-free way.
- Catherine Sibi
Top 15 Ways Your House Loses Heat
With winter rapidly coming, it’s time to turn one’s attention to the issue of heating. Many homeowners find their electric or gas bills skyrocketing after October because they need to turn the heat on, but a majority of those people are also overpaying. Why? Because their homes are bleeding heat through cracks, leaks, and poor construction.
There are dozens of ways a structure could lose a significant amount of heat, but this guidebook focuses on fifteen. Among them are improperly sealed entryways and exits, poor insulation, unused fireplaces, and basements in general. In combating the ever present cold, it’s important not only to make sure a home is properly sealed but that the heating system in place is adequate for the amount of space.
1. Cracks in the Walls
Having cracks in the walls doesn’t mean having gaping holes. For many people, a crack could be part of missing siding on the exterior of the house, worn down mortar between bricks and stones, or improperly applied plaster. Even the smallest crack can mean bigger problems are lurking around the corner, so it’s important to thoroughly inspect a home before winter comes.
Many of these problems can be DIY fixes involving some extra siding, a little bit of mortar, or some plaster, but they do take some experience. Any homeowner that doesn’t know much about construction shouldn’t do these on their own and should instead contact a service for assistance. However, fixing cracks can save people lots of money in the long run since heat seeps out and the cold seeps in quickly and easily.
A draft is best known as a current of cool air which somehow works its way into a fully confined space such as a room. The draft indicates that there is a leak or opening somewhere in the room that an individual might not be able to see but can feel. Drafts can come from anywhere like cracks in the walls or even just windows that are set at poor angles. The best way to combat a draft is to make sure any openings are sealed properly, the room is insulated, and any cracks in the area are sealed.
If a draft is still coming in or the room still feels cold after sealing, it could mean the heating system is not up to the task of keeping the home warm. If this is the case, it might be time to look into alternative heating methods like an electric fireplace. These fireplaces are safe, easy to maintain, and powerful enough to provide extra warmth to multiple rooms when sized correctly. If curtains, sealant, insulation, and other measures aren’t enough, the investment of an electric fireplace can save a homeowner in the long run.
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3. Leaky Outlets
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a lot of older homes possess outlets which lack the proper sealing and insulation. When an outlet isn’t insulated correctly, it’s easy for cold air from the exterior to work its way inside and lower the temperature of the interior. When this happens, heat naturally gets wasted since it either filters back out through the outlet or the HVAC system needs to struggle to maintain the desired temperature.
Unfortunately, most people might not be able to insulate an outlet fully without some construction experience. However, a savvy homeowner can install a plastic seal to help keep the heat inside. This seal is similar to the one shown in the picture below. It covers the electrical equipment and bare wall where outlets are typically installed and keeps the system safe. Any homeowner can install one by measuring the area around the outlets and then screwing a model that fits around them.
For individuals who still have leaks even with the seals, the problem is most likely deeper in the walls. In these cases, the best course of action is to install a foam gasket. Homeowners without experience should not perform this procedure and should instead call an electrician or construction company. If one outlet is missing a foam gasket, it’s likely that the others are as well. Remember to have all outlets correctly sealed before winter sets in and heating bills rise.
4. An Unused Chimney
Chimneys are the fireplace’s doorway to the outside world, so of course winter’s cold air manages to get inside. It’s a well-known fact that cold air sinks and hot air rises, which is why hot air balloons work the way they do. If someone’s house has an open chimney during the cold months and heat is running inside the house, a natural current of air will develop that pulls the cold in and pushes the warm air out.
If the chimney isn’t in use, it’s best to block it to stop the heat loss. This can be done using special doors and covers that can be installed just above the flue (the open box) or further up the chimney. These are operated simply and are relatively inexpensive, although professional installation will add to the price. Another option is a flue sealer, which is a removable plug. It’s an inflatable device made from a special plastic that will stop air movement. Neither a sealer nor a cover should be kept in place if the homeowner wishes to start a fire, but they will form air tight seals to stop the movement of air.
5. A Traditional Fireplace without Sealing
The outside wall of a traditional fireplace should have some form of sealant where the wall buttresses the chimney. This section is frequently exposed to the elements and is another area where warm air escapes and cool air enters. The easiest way to handle this problem is to get a sealant and make sure there are no cracks or holes leading to the outside world.
If the traditional fireplace never sees use and is simply a static feature of the home, homeowners should consider sealing the entire structure or getting a temporary cover to place in front of the main section. Sealing a fireplace can be expensive, but some people go the simple route and just brick up the opening. This isn’t recommended but is a cheap way to ensure the home stays warm. Otherwise, if the homeowner wants to keep the traditional fireplace open for aesthetic reasons, many stores sell covers for the front that open and close like a cabinet.
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People who have a traditional fireplace that they use for warmth can still be frustrated by both of these problems. If the traditional fireplace continues to be hassle because it lets the cold in or produces so much smoke, homeowners should consider replacing it with a more energy and cost-efficient model. Electric fireplaces are becoming increasingly popular in homes across the United States because they connect to a home’s preexisting HVAC system and produce all of the heat without the mess. Since they can be more easily sealed, they also don’t let the hot air escape as easily. An electric fireplace can still be aesthetically pleasing, with flames that turn on and off depending on the model.
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If a traditional fireplace and chimney are a continuous problem, homeowners could save time and money by upgrading.
Research estimates indicate that windows and doors are responsible for 45% of lost heat in a home. Part of this problem can be fixed with simple maintenance, but the other part cannot. This is because doors and windows are made to open and close, and there will always be some form of gap or opening created. Once these entryways have been properly sealed, the other way to guarantee minimal heat loss is to not leave doors or windows open for long. Many children might remember their parents yelling at them to stop running in and out of the house or for leaving the door open for too long – and this is because the warm or cold air of the house will escape while the opposing atmosphere of the outdoors will come in.
As for the first part of the problem, it’s easy and inexpensive to make sure doors and windows don’t let too much heat escape. All the homeowner needs to do is make sure there are no extraneous gaps and consider adding extra sealant as a defensive barrier.
6. Doors that Don’t Fit
This is a pretty common problem and one that might be hard to notice at first. Quite frankly, sometimes a door is too small for the frame it is in. When this is the case, usually the frame can be rebuilt, or the homeowner can buy some sealant and apply a thin layer in the area with cracks. If the gap is between the door and the second part of the latch, then that side of the frame will need to be readjusted.
7. Unsealed Door
An unsealed door is one that is missing some sort of protective coating around the edges or in front of it. For example, a plain door without a screen or a separate glass external door could be considered unsealed. If the homeowner cannot find any gaps in the frame but the door still exudes cold, then it might be time to consider installing an extra external door, such as a standard glass one. These glass doors tend to be thoroughly fitted and airtight to minimize the amount of heat that escapes from the interior. They can be purchased at most hardware stores.
8. Windows that Don’t Fit
This is the same problem as having a door that isn’t fitted properly to a frame, creating small gaps that allow air to enter and escape. Window frames are usually easier to fix than a door frame, even if the solution might end up being temporary. It’s typically cheaper to take out a window, install a new frame, and then reinstall than to change out a door frame. For a more temporary solution, homeowners can use caulk or apply a sealant that expands to fit in the cracks.
9. Unsealed Window
This is a similar issue to an unsealed door and typically requires using a little caulk or a similar substance to make sure the frame is airtight. It’s an easier fix than a window that doesn’t fit and can usually happen when the original seal around the window degrades over time. For extra protection from heat loss, homeowners can install special plastic over the interior of the window, which adds an extra defensive layer to keep heat in. It might not be the prettiest option, but it’s a common measure used by people in the northern United States and many colder countries like Canada.
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The words “inadequate” and “insulation” come up a lot throughout this work, and there’s plenty of reasons why. So many older homes either have insulation that wore down or simply wasn’t enough to begin with to keep the house warm. Just like the basement freezes up during the winter, so can sections of a house where the insulation behind the walls has eroded over time. Similarly, there can be problems with the roof. The roof protects people from the elements and also needs to be insulated to maintain its temperature. If it’s not, it can take on the temperature of the environment around it and, like the concrete in a basement, this cold will waft into the house.
This section focuses on problems associated with the roof and general wall insulation. Most of these problems cannot be fixed as a DIY project, especially the walls. This is because removing a section of wall can release plaster dust that is harmful when inhaled, it’s possible to accidentally hit part of the central structure that keeps the house up, and insulation itself is tricky to install and usually toxic when ingested or inhaled. As for the roof, some issues can be repaired so long as the individual working has some experience. But, if a leak is not obvious or if the entire material forming the roof needs to be replaced, it’s beneficial to call in the experts.
10. Leaks in the Roof
These are similar to leaks in the walls and are common in older houses or those with cheap shingle roofs. Over time, the materials wear down and can form sometimes microscopic cracks in the surface. When this happens, the cold air flows in because it is moving down and the hot air flows out. Because the house uses one complete HVAC system, the home constantly works to keep the environment warm while copious amounts of air slip away through the roof.
People who suspect there might be a leak in the roof should contact a contractor or roofer to take a look. Usually if the leak is bad enough to let air in and out of the home, it will also let liquid in and that means multiple layers need to be replaced. Shingles can be inexpensive, but other materials like tar or new wood could add to the cost. If a patch can’t be applied, then an entire section could need removal.
11. Thin Roofing
This is an odd way for heat to escape, but it makes perfect sense. Roofing materials wear down over time, even if the manufacturer claims that the roof should last for twenty years or more. When this happens, it creates more areas and passages for air to escape from. Even if the roof is perfectly intact, heat can still seep through the material because it doesn’t require an opening to leave. The thinner and more natural a material, the more likely the heat will escape.
So, what can a homeowner do? If the roof is starting to wear down to the point where heat loss is a significant problem, it might be time to replace the entire roof. If this isn’t an option, an extra layer of insulation should be considered, but this can also be expensive. In a case like this, it’s important to consider whether an existing HVAC system is effective or not. How much heat is being produced, how much electricity or gas is required, and is the bill going up significantly?
In many cases, it’s actually much cheaper to find an alternative heat source than try to pay for costly repairs or a new HVAC system. Homeowners frequently turn to space heaters, which aren’t the most efficient but are inexpensive to buy. Otherwise, lots of people consider new electric fireplaces, which provide heat to multiple rooms and possess new technology that keeps power usage low while still producing an incredible amount of warmth.
12. Old Insulation
The materials used to insulate homes vary, but they all degrade over time. So no matter whether the house has fiberglass, repurposed blue jeans, or foam, it will slowly start to be less efficient and effective over time. When this happens, heat loss is common. Old insulation can also invite unwanted visitors like rodents, so it’s important to make sure the home is fully protected.
Reinsulating a home is expensive because the material needs to go behind the plaster of the walls. It’s best to call a construction company and receive an estimate before committing to this kind of work. In the meantime, individuals can keep the house warm by investing in alternative heat sources such as a space heater or a small electric fireplace.
13. Inadequate Insulation
Finally, there is inadequate insulation. This is what happens when the people who built a house simply didn’t put enough material between the walls to keep it warm in the cold months and cool in the hot ones. This problem is a little difficult to identify since the regular homeowner is not able to see behind the walls without removing a section. One way to test and see if the walls are a cause for concern is to place one’s hand on a wall that has an external side. If the temperature is much colder than the rest of the house, then poor insulation is the most probably cause.
Similar to needing to repair old insulation, fixing inadequate insulation is a costly procedure that takes a lot of time and materials. Homeowners will need to budget and save up before calling a construction company. In the meantime, it’s recommended that people turn to an alternative heat source. To prevent further loss, the heat source should be used in a room that can be closed and doesn’t have external walls.
Basements are naturally cold places. The majority of the low temperature comes from the walls being in constant contact with the ground outside. The earth beneath the thin layer of topsoil that humans see every day is natural chilled and damp. The low temperature drastically changes the temperature of a basement’s concrete walls, and the moisture seeps into the structure and the air and makes people feel colder. Even worse, a study in Canada discovered that the temperature of the basement can lag behind the rest of the house by a period of 69 days. What does this mean? It means that even when spring arrives, it will take 69 days for the basement to move out of its winter temperatures. This is a long time to wait for an entire floor in a home to be comfortable and usable.
For homes with basements, cold, especially on the ground floor above the basement, will always be an issue. What a basement – or a cellar – really is, is a giant room with poor insulation, low heating, and many issues for homeowners to deal with over the years. When it comes to fixing these problems, repairs and construction can get expensive fast. Below are the two major causes for cold air leaking into a basement and what the average homeowner can do to handle them.
15. Uncovered Concrete Walls
This is the biggest source of heat loss in any home and can extend to the upper levels. Concrete is not a good insulator. As a form of stone (or at least a compound) it is often cold and easily takes on the temperature of the environment around it. Without sunlight and with the constant pressure of the ground around it, concrete walls in the basement will always emanate cold. To avoid this, homeowners need to thoroughly insulate their basement.
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Once a house is built, it’s nearly impossible to add insulation to the outside of a basement. So, they need to work on the inside. The best way to do this is by constructing finished walls. A finished wall will feature some form of professional construction insulation made of foam or fiberglass. Anyone who ever lived in a home with an unfinished attic will be familiar with this material. Old fiberglass insulation was often a bright bubblegum pink and filled with sharp shards that get stuck in the fingers. But it keeps the temperature in well. Newer insulation is a foam that is sprayed onto walls and hardens quickly. Insulation can be applied, with some preparation, over the concrete. A construction company can then build another wall using wood and plaster to form a tight, appealing seal.
This is an undertaking that shouldn’t be done lightly. Finishing a basement can be expensive, costing between $10,000 and $30,000. Some people choose to just spray on a foam insulation, but this can be dangerous if children or pets mess around with the material even once dry. Other options to keep the area warm are to install a carpet, use space heating, or even add a fireplace to keep the basement at a comfortable temperature when in use.
When these problems are fixed, any home is less likely to lose heat come the colder months. However, many homes still suffer from HVAC systems which don’t function correctly, are outdated, or are simply too small for the size of the house. When this is the case, homeowners can either pay for expensive renovations or consider an alternate heat source.>
Believe it or not, one of the best heating sources for any home is an electric fireplace. They form a separate part of an HVAC system but can provide warmth in a cost-effective and resource efficient manner due to their build and technology. Many fireplaces are simple and relatively inexpensive to install and bring consistent heat to several rooms. Individuals can even turn the flames on and off in some models and spring for a variety of add-ons to not only make the fireplace a source of heat but also a beautiful decorative feature.
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Electric fireplaces can be installed everywhere, even outside. For homeowners who had consistent drafts, leaks, frigid basements, and other issues, adding one of these structures can keep the house warm no matter what the weather is like outside at a fraction of the cost of renovating and running a brand new HVAC system.
- Catherine Sibi
Top 20 Modern Designers
With the world becoming exceedingly visual, modern designers are coming up with new and inspiring ways to create fresh spaces that enliven the senses. From rustic mountain chalets featuring antique touches to fashion-forward rooms that are perfectly on-trend, designers from coast to coast are dreaming up highly desirable living spaces that are like nothing we have ever seen before.
The best designers prove to be ones who adhere to a specific aesthetic while also re-inventing it, borrowing ideas from other cultures, eras, or mediums and breathing new life into looks that are slightly overdone or increasingly expected. These Top 20 Modern Designers are all highly innovative and are
creating interiors that are continually and successfully moving the industry forward.
Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc.
Garrison Hullinger Interior Design has a style that is distinctly modern while also remaining cozy, comfortable, and accessible. This West Coast design team is seasoned in both residential and commercial interiors, and creates rich, textural spaces that are as innovative as they are inviting. While their breadth of work is expansive, the commonality throughout all of these designs is that they all have a welcoming and lived-in look that is easily lost when a design looks too artistic.
This design team isn’t afraid of bold prints or bright colors, but utilizes these powerful tools with restraint, resulting in a room that relaxes rather than overwhelms the senses. Their interiors feature both plush fabrics and modern, sculptural pieces, a contrast that brings the best out in both elements. Similarly, the use of contrasting patterns is artfully done in a way that results in a truly dimensional design.
When it comes to commercial spaces, Garrison Hullinger Interior Design believes in a development ideal called New Urbanism, which encourages a community diverse in both its residents and building types. Once again, their signature flair is apparent when it comes to commercial spaces. Not unlike their residential interiors, you’ll find hard textures combined with intriguing jewel tones and fluid natural elements, all incorporated at once to create an office building or hotel lobby that pleases the senses.
The Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc. blog provides plenty of inspiration as well as “how to” guides outlining how you can create the perfect combination of colors, textures, and styles within your own living spaces.
Design Shop Interiors
Design Shop Interiors is squarely on the pulse of what is popular in the design world. This California interior design team is composed entirely of women, all who are trend-right in their own regard. It makes sense, then, that the interiors they create maintain the same crisp, clean style that proves to be incredibly current.
When it comes to their interiors, you’ll discover cool, airy color palettes that are calming, tranquil, and nothing short of Instagram-worthy. While their placid looks are practically monochromatic, careful color choices perforate their designs, creating moments that are slightly unexpected and exceptionally well done. Minimalistic and modern, there is a peaceful appeal to all of their designs that proves that the right decor can make any home an oasis from the everyday.
Whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of considering these ubiquitous looks “basic.” Clean simplicity within any room is exceptionally difficult to do well, yet Design Shop Interiors makes it look effortless. They also prove that they aren’t afraid of being bold when necessary. Their portfolio includes a room with ink black walls that still manages to look crisp, polished, and bright, a feat that gives insight into the delicate yet thoughtful touch that goes into all of their designs.
Marcelle Guilbeau, Interior Design
Nashville based, Marcelle Guilbeau boasts an impressive resume, yet her talent needs no introduction. There is a distinctly cool quality within all of her designs that is difficult to define. Her interiors are certainly luxurious, sophisticated, and elegant, but it’s the slick, rock-and-roll vibe that, albeit slight, manages to take center stage.
Her residential designs simultaneously appear crisp and decadent, which is accomplished though the use of pairing rich fabrics and opulent textures. This is all accented by a generally muted, modern color palette, which promises never to detract from the incredible things going on in every room. Pops of bold artwork with exotic themes give spaces a Moroccan sense of luxury, while soothing natural elements provide a contrast that brings everything down to earth.
Sustainability is incredibly important to Guilbeau, who has won awards for her commitment to resource-efficient designs. Throughout her interiors, you’ll find reclaimed wood and locally made furniture adding an organic look to her gorgeous designs. This adds another, welcome element to all of her designs - not only are they captivating, they are aware and reflective of the world surrounding them.
Savvy Interiors is a team that specializes in updating tired interiors and revitalizing outdated designs. Their approach is contemporary in the way that it is incredibly down to earth. Their website consists of conversational verbiage and a barrage of pleasing, pastel tones, all clearly meant to express that this design company has an attitude the modern homeowner can relate to. This familiar approach takes some of the snobbery out of interior design without removing any of the professional polish, giving their carefully chosen brand identity instant appeal.
Just like their branding is perfectly on point, so too are their designs. Beautiful, bright neutral tones serve as the backdrop for surprising and unexpected design elements throughout their interiors. Unafraid of bold colors, they use on-trend hues in all of the right places, pairing perfectly timed splashes of color with simple, stylish, and sophisticated designs. Funky, modern prints or pieces of artwork are thoughtfully included in places where they enhance rather than define the overall aesthetic. Pretty and surprisingly practical, it’s clear that Savvy Interiors designs with a skilled, editorial eye.
Their home transformations are also nothing short of remarkable. Homes from the early 2000’s with tired, cookie cutter interiors are completely transformed when Savvy Interiors is done working their magic. Rooms go from average to incredible, proving that this team knows how to breathe new life into any home they happen upon. Ultimately, the team at Savvy Interiors seeks to create living spaces that real people can actually see themselves living in, and their “Before and After” photos show that they are nothing short of successful.
While their interiors are picture perfect, it’s their laid-back approach to the idea of interior design that truly makes Savvy Interiors stand out. Their blog is filled with tips and tricks that will make you rethink how you design your home, all written with their signature down to earth attitude.
Based in Miami, Britto Charette is a design firm lead by impressive principal designers David Charette and Jay Britto. Plenty of buzz surrounds this team and for good reason - their fearless approach to design has garnered them a profound amount of positive press, prestigious awards, and countless other accolades in a surprisingly short period of time. With a portfolio of interiors that continually awe, it’s clear that this duo is highly skilled and unafraid to brightly shine.
When it comes to their overall aesthetic, slick and modern design elements create contemporary interiors that are decidedly artistic. Their designs often incorporate glossy textures and geometric shapes that maintain a perfect balance between bold and luminous. Their inventive portfolio is highly sophisticated, all containing a distinct, professional polish that is exceptionally difficult to replicate. Every inch of every room is eye-catching and luxurious, yet as a whole their designs never veer towards being ostentatious.
The incredible success of Britto Charette is due to their disciplined eye and a staunch commitment to their clients. Clean, crisp, and innovative, their styles perfectly suit the high-end clientele that repeatedly seeks them out. They seek not just to create beautiful designs but also strong relationships, a combination that has served them well.
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DKOR Interiors Inc.
DKOR Interiors Inc. is a South Florida design firm that puts an immense amount of creativity into their work and always seeks to create solutions for their clients. Their brand has a youthful, contemporary vibe that gives you the impression that this team not only excels at what they do, they thoroughly enjoy doing it. Youthful and fun, their exciting take on interior design proves to be positively infectious.
Their designs are all quite minimalistic and contemporary, as if every room they touch is filled with light and air by the time the project is complete. Thoughtfully chosen items sparsely dot each room, leaving graceful blank spaces that allow their interiors to look both expansive and inviting all at once. Their chic, modern rooms are serious yet serene, a surprising combination carefully created by pairing luxurious design elements with highly edited decor. Color is used sparsely, and when it is you’ll find mostly muted tones that maintained the design’s awe inspiring hush.
This team’s impressive design portfolio also includes residential updates, which perhaps best display the artful nature of their work. DKOR Interiors Inc. turns rooms that were once crowded and dark into airy, large living spaces and make the painstaking, cerebral process seem practically effortless.
Just like the DKOR Interiors Inc. brand maintains a youthful exuberance, . A variety of categories allow you to find articles written by the lifestyle designers themselves, ranging in topic from decor ideas to personal styling tips.
Lead by the impressive Heather Osmond, Osmond Designs is a furnishings store that goes above and beyond the expected. Along with an amazing inventory, they also double as an interior design service that expertly styles around the plush and beautiful items it sells in store. The result is a bespoke design service that has earned an incredible amount of well-deserved recognition.
Osmond Designs has a specific aesthetic that is instantly recognizable. They excel at creating interiors that are refined while also maintaining a warm and inviting atmosphere that gives the impression that they are also highly livable. Dark and light colors contrast beautifully while natural wood grains and decadent fabrics effortlessly overlap. These rich textures are combined in a way that never looks heavy-handed, resulting in rooms that are warm and inviting. These rooms are contemporary, cozy, and chic, creating a look that is both cosmopolitan and suburban without looking disjointed or contrived.
These stunning spaces are in part due to the stylish selection of items sold at the Osmond Designs brick and mortar stores in Utah. A carefully curated selection of furniture and decor reflects Heather Osmond stylish sensibilities and supplies her with the tools to create beautiful interiors that look almost too good to be true.
You can browse the Osmond Designs inventory by visiting their website. While there, for their most recent features at the Utah Parade of Homes and learn how to replicate these carefully crafted designs in your own home.
Niche Interiors is a design firm that hails from San Francisco and proudly serves high-end clients in the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and California’s famous wine country. With a pragmatic and straightforward approach, they tailor each design to the individual client while also using their expertise to create magnificent residential interiors. Their resulting designs exude such confidence that you can’t help but walk away with an amused sense of wonder.
With an aesthetic that is playful and vibrant, Niche Interiors re-defines what sophisticated interior design is “supposed” to look like. With minimalism currently on trend, their designs have an almost rebellious, pop-art quality that will make you wonder why neutrals seemed like such a good idea in the first place. Their interiors include rich and sophisticated colors, combining saturated, in-your-face hues in such a precise way that they never look accidental or unrefined. These rooms are not only stylish and bold, they are also cheerful and fun. Browsing their portfolio is almost suspenseful, because you never know what exciting color is going to make a surprising appearance.
Although they expertly play with color, when neutrals do take center stage, they are layered in a way that gives them dimension, texture, and ensures they are anything but boring. Their designs also often include custom made furniture by local artisans and prints from local artists, allowing the community in which these homes reside to lend a hand in their creation.
Dawn Elise Interiors
A full service design firm based in Florida, Dawn Elise Interiors is an established name in both commercial and residential design. They assist their clients with any aspect of interiors design they can dream up, and do it all in a meticulous way that results in completely satisfied clients and luxurious living spaces.
Their designs are subtle and sophisticated yet all feature a contemporary flair that imparts definite dimension and appeal. Highly versatile and always tasteful, you’ll find residential interiors that feature on-trend colors and textures combined in a magnificent way that gives them a timeless, classic quality that ensure they will remain in style season after season. These sunny, breezy, and inviting spaces are a breath of fresh air and provide clients with a home that they can enter and instantly relax in. An uncomplicated, straightforward aesthetic allows for exciting patterns and textures to quietly make a statement in places you would never expect them to.
With a background in the restaurant industry, it makes sense that Dawn Elise’s commercial designs are as practical as they are exceptional. As someone who understands the needs of clients and customers alike, her commercial designs are both colorful and pragmatic, showing her versatility and understanding of client needs.
By Design Interiors
By Design Interiors is a well established company out of Houston, Texas. Their description as a premier, full-service, luxury design firm would be a nothing without obvious talent or an exceptional portfolio of work, both which they clearly possess. This highly polished team of professionals creates beautiful interiors that are endlessly captivating.
Within their designs in an unmistakable sense of vintage influence. Ornate wall sconces and glittering chandeliers illuminate their rooms, while patterned wall paper and lux draperies cascade down the walls. While their designs are full of rich materials and an old world sense of elegance, they never once look heavy handed or out of date, proving that this team has discovered the secret of enmeshing the past with the present. One look through their portfolio reveals that this team isn’t afraid of a few show stopping moments and while they know how to layer textures, they also know exactly the right moment to let a room speak for itself.
There is also a worldly sense of style that runs through each room’s look. Tuscan-inspired kitchens and stately stone fireplaces create a look that is vintage but also authentic, creating warm, rich rooms that are traditional and masculine. There is a certain comfort to the austerity of the interiors they create, with rich woods and earthy colors that are dark but also comforting.
This stylish team has a beautiful blog which shares the secrets behind their designs and provides homeowners with plenty of inspiration when it comes to decorating their own luxurious living spaces.
S Interior Design
S Interior Design is a Scottsdale based design firm lead by Suzanne Lasky. After years of conquering the professional work, Lasky returned to school to pursue her passion for interior design. Her company combines her two areas of expertise - design and business - and has a intuitive process that always results in great interiors for her clients.
Suzanne’s design portfolio instantly reveals her streamlined aesthetic. Her designs have a contemporary feel that retains a classic elements, making her rooms feel fresh, modern, and innovative. Bold furniture choices are often paired with clean lines and shiny surfaces, ensuring that they make the perfect statement. She is unafraid of sleek materials like glass, chrome, and acrylic, but always ensures they are paired with rich patterns or deep wood surfaces, which bring the whole room back to earth. Her designs are cutting edge but in a livable way - pushing boundaries but never so far that they exit the comfort zone of most homeowners.
Her stylish designs are surely why her client reviews are positively glowing. It’s clear that her logical, business-mindedness and her creative side have found a way to create a design company that runs like clockwork and ensures that every client receives a beautiful upgrade with a professional touch.
To view her gorgeous living spaces and learn more about her interior designs, visit the S Interior Design blog.
Lori Dennis, Inc.
Lori Dennis is an design expert based in Los Angeles, California. Her resume is nothing short of exceptional. Along with being an award-winning designer with an undeniable eye for style, she is also a public speaker, best selling author, and star of HGTV’s “The Real Designing Women.” Practically a celebrity herself, its unsurprising, then, that her portfolio is full of breathtaking interiors that are worthy of the Hollywood elite.
Her high-end interiors have an exceptional essence that reflects Lori’s stunning eye for style. With a portfolio full of breathtaking rooms and sweeping exteriors, her designs enhance the architecture of each room, allowing the home itself to fill in the gaps between her thoughtful choices. You’ll see bold, enticing colors paired with unbelievable patterns that are never too loud for the expansive rooms in which they reside. Her versatile designs perfectly encapsulate the look of the space she is designing, from beach homes featuring an airy elegance to canyon mansions that look rich and earthy. The overarching theme throughout all of her designs is a sense of poise and opulence - They look effortless but also expensive, perfect for a city where status is everything.
From chic homes in the Hollywood Hills to sprawling mansions outside of the city, her impeccable designs have an undeniable polish that puts her squarely in the upper echelon of her field. Quite conveniently, her interactive website allows you to purchase certain elements of her designs so you can have them for yourself. This not only makes for an easy way to copy her beautiful designs, it also shows her undeniable skill for having a hand all aspects of design.
To learn more about celebrity designer Lori Dennis or to be inspired by her gorgeous living spaces, be sure to visit her equally stylish blog and website.
Kristie Michelini Interiors
Kristie Michelini Interiors is an established residential and commercial design firm based in the San Francisco area. Before establishing her own design studio, Kristie Michelini was an impressive player in the world of big business. This is perhaps why Kristie Michelini Interiors has an incredibly streamlined approach to all of their projects and why her meticulously created designs have a delightfully edited appearance that imparts a look that is both soft and cerebral.
With airy white finishes, all of the projects taken on by Kristie Michelini Interiors maintain a soothing atmosphere and obvious polish. There is a crisp, Parisian vibe that allows all of her rooms to look prim and ladylike without the presence of a single ruffle. Fresh flowers and plus throws are accented by stately gallery walls and grand wooden accents, ensuring that every interior has a certain depth that extends beyond its breezy first impression. There is also a cool, trendy, and fashion-forward feel to all of her interiors, showing that subtle, classic details can at times be more impactful than overtly loud or over-designed elements.
Where Kristie Michelini Interiors really shines is in her ability to combining fresh, modern ideas with traditional details. Her designs reveal she isn’t a stranger to contemporary and on-trend touches like high concept wall decorations that look like modern art. Acrylic chairs and minimalistic light fixtures feel right at home next to classic New England-inspired design elements. This juxtaposition of what is “next” and what is “forever” are tied together with warm woods and repetitive design motifs, allowing for looks that always feel cohesive and incredibly cool.
Browse her crisp, clean blog for more tips, tricks, and general design inspiration that mimics her enviable aesthetic.
Based in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, Urbanology Designs is an award winning team of experts with obvious talent. Their work has been featured in numerous trade publications and their interiors are continually recognized by the design community as being impressive and forward thinking. This full-service interior design studio may be established, but their attitude makes it clear to everyone that they are just getting started.
The beauty behind the interiors created by Urbanology Designs is their ability to make classic, minimalistic interiors seem as new and as excited as when they were first introduced to the world. Scandinavian-inspired designs are often copied but rarely perfected. Within their designs, however, are rooms that look so fresh and functional it makes you remember exactly what made minimalistic interiors so appealing to the masses in the first place.
Here, natural wood is paired with bare white walls and accented by large windows and modern fixtures. The presence of taxidermy or fur throws never appears contrived, but rather enhances the beauty of birchwood bookshelves or shelves that dangle delicately from the ceiling via ropes. Bringing the outdoors inside a home has never looked more chic, and these natural elements ensure that other aspects of a room’s stripped back appearance never looks unfinished or lacking in grace.
To learn more about their sleek and minimalistic designs, be sure to visit the Urbanology Designs blog for a more in-depth look at their creations.
WPL Interior Design
WPL Interior Design is a design firm based in Philadelphia. This team was started by three friends, each who brought different, invaluable aspects to the table when it came to interior design. Founder Walter Peterson was a connoisseur of antiques, Stephen Weixler is an expert in historic restoration, and Marcello Luzi was a visionary with a background in finance, Their synergistic approach allowed WPL Interior Design to flourish into a design firm with international recognition for both residential and commercial interiors.
Seemingly every inch of every room contributes to the overall design, creating a veritable feast for the senses and resulting in a harmonious balance of livability and opulence. Although filled with colors, textures, and design elements, these interiors never once look overdone. Instead, they appear almost accidental, as if every piece of art or decor has been carefully curated throughout the years and just happens to look cohesive. The ability of this team to saturate a room with design without overwhelming it or muddying the original intent proves that they know how to intentionally create a room that allows design to take center stage without doing so uncomfortably.
While all of their designs boast an obvious thought process, its clear that the team at WPL Interior Design listens to their clients and provides them with rooms that speak to the client in a language they can understand. Thats why highly modern kitchens with glossy surfaces can look just at home in a portfolio next to rich rooms filled with stone walls and Parisian textiles. Versatility and flexibility are clearly this firm's strong suit, ensuring that each room looks innovative, elevated, and perfectly aligns with the personality of the client, not the insistence of the designer himself.
WPL Interior Design shares valuable expertise and beautiful inspirational photos on their blog, allowing everyone to borrow ideas from their signature sense of style.
Design Storms LLC
Design Storms LLC has a fresh, youthful energy that is apparent in every room they design. Comprised of a “small but mighty” team of seasoned designers, they seek to be transparent without their clients throughout the entire process. This team isn’t afraid to let their personalities shine, allowing for a modern, stylish take in an industry that can easily feel outdated or out of touch if put in the wrong hands.
With a focus on livability, the design aesthetic of Design Storms LLC is clearly on the pulse of what is current within the world of interior design. Their impressive yet effortless spaces feature colors, patterns, and shapes that are perfectly on trend yet never look overdone or expected. Gorgeous, eye-catching prints are juxtaposed with graphic, modern patterns that reach from floor to ceiling. Color is not absent, but is often introduced through decadent fabrics, intricately patterned rugs, or a perfectly placed accent piece that, although petite, impossibly fills the entire room with color.
Along with beautiful spaces, their brand shows a commitment to communicating with their client in a modern way. The future of interiors design is like the future of any industry - destined to become obsolete or stale if not in touch with current technology or attitudes. Their web presence makes it clear that while they don’t take themselves too seriously, their rooms have serious style.
With rooms as fun and exciting as the designers themselves appear to be, and its clear that they add a touch of contemporary class to every interior they happen upon. Visit the Design Storms LLC blog for more information about their spaces.
Karen B Wolf Interiors
Karen B Wolf Interiors is an East Coast design team that isn’t afraid of making a statement. With a decidedly glamorous aesthetic, this approachable team of professionals takes trends and layers them atop one another, resulting in too-cool-to-be true interiors that are loud and electrifying. These ladies step outside of the box in the best way possible and let chic and carefully colorful designs speak for themselves.
One look at their portfolio reveals that Karen B Wolf Interiors has bold design aesthetic that never for a moment takes itself too seriously. Lively and spirited, each room is exceptionally elegant, incredibly chic, and full of personality. Clean lines and white walls allow modern decor and bold pieces of artwork to come to life and fill the spaces with certain character. These elements are only outdone by a use of color that is unabashedly bold. A multitude of jewel tones and multiple pops of color are present in every room. These elements could easily be too overwhelming if done incorrectly, but each color and pattern is perfectly placed, allowing for an exciting take on modern design that departs from minimalism and instead results in a wonderland of sophisticated colors and textures.
Even when rooms are devoid of color, there is still a bright and energizing aspect to them that seems improbable if not nearly impossible. One room within her portfolio features an entryway with bold black walls and bright white accents. All together, it manages to feel energizing, effervescent, and anything but minimalistic, which reveals that maybe an undeniable expertise - rather than a focus on color - is what brings Karen B Wolf Interiors designs to life in the first place.
ID.ology Interiors and Design
ID.ology Interiors and Design has a style that reminiscent of a simpler time. With an eye for old-world elegance, this design team proves that sometimes simple aesthetics and timeless sensibilities are truly the most exciting. Their elevated looks are the result of this team’s continuous education within the industry and a firm belief that design should enhance but never overtake the overall comfort of a home.
Rustic looks are practically re-invented when ID.ology Interiors and Design gets their hands on them. Their portfolio is filled to the brim with vintage-inspired spaces that feel opulent in the most satisfying way possible. Here, you’ll find chrome clawfoot tubs residing next to rich, wooden vanities in a rustic home that is as breathtaking as the mountains in which it resides. Craftsmen homes are decorated with poppy, modern patterns while old-fashioned dining chairs impart an antiquated appeal. There is an overlap between fresh design and bucolic charm that makes every room feel like you are being transported back in time. They have perfected an all-but-forgotten aesthetic that is homey, picturesque, and provincial, while successfully maintaining an expensive and innovative feel that any homeowner can appreciate.
Based out of Asheville, North Carolina, this team embraces the natural beauty of the surrounding landscapes in every single interior that they touch. The open windows, blue skies, and insurmountable mountains are almost a design element within themselves. Its clear that ID.ology Interiors and Design has found the perfect way to design a room in a timeless way that keeps the past and present close-by at all times.
Guided Home Design
There is a sense of style and unmatched energy that is immediately apparent when it comes to the works of Guided Home Design. A detail-oriented aesthetic and love of all things opulent is exactly what the stylish ladies on this design team bring to the table. With dozens of accolades, the beautiful designs created by Guided Home Design are extravagant in a way that makes you want more.
Fresh, bright, and sophisticated, there is a stylish and edited aspect that makes an appearance in all of their interiors. Mirrored accents and metallic touches thoughtfully glisten from every corner, bringing elements like cool colors and muted patterns to life. Animal prints, plush textiles, and incredibly modern pieces all combine beautifully for a boudoir-inspired style that extends to every type of room and creates lavish, lux living spaces that are elevated and perfectly on trend. Glittering chandeliers, velveteen fabrics, and contemporary glass furnishings all combine to create a timelessly elegant space that surely makes everyone who enters feel slightly more glamorous.
It makes sense, then, that along with opulent residential spaces, Guided Home Design also has a hand in creating incredible commercial spaces as well. Their fashion-forward approach allows them to create retail spaces that carefully speaks to a hip, youthful consumer. With a finger squarely on the pulse of what is happening in the world of design, they are able to create decadent, enviable interiors that are unlike any other.
For insight into how Guided Home Design brings their unmatched looks to life, visit their visually impactful blog.
Habitar Design is a premier interior design firm with a no-nonsense approach to interiors. Based out of Chicago, the team at Habitar Design is involved from conception to completion, ensuring that every client ends up with a home that they can be proud of and living spaces they are continually excited to show off.
Their designs are delightfully contemporary, and while they specialize in downtown Chicago interiors where space is at a premium, they manage to make even cramped condos feel as expansive as they are expensive. Joyful pops of color give the eye multiple places to look, while mirrored accents successfully reflect the gorgeous designs and bring each look to life in a unique and eye-catching way. This team isn’t afraid to taking modern elements to the next level and incorporating multiple design aesthetics to create spaces that are livable, highly desirable, and definitely sophisticated.
Along with typical design services, Habitar Design offers kitchen and bathroom remodeling services that are a sight to behold. Unafraid of color, you’ll find highly functional spaces that are practically works of art. Bold and vibrant colors extend even to the knobs on a stove or the walls of a bathroom. With that said, this team is never goes too far, allowing the functionality of the space to always remain the focus.
Visit the Habitar Design blog for tips, tricks, and photos of their beautiful designs.
In today’s highly competitive and increasingly visual world, it’s not enough to create living spaces that reflect current trends. Modern designers recognize that innovation is key to creating a name that is synonymous with impressive interior design. These 20 designers are all changing the way we think about what is possible when it comes to interior design, but doing so in ways that are inventive, unique, and endlessly impressive.
- Catherine Sibi
Ventless Fireplace Pros' Ultimate Guidebook
Here at Ventless Fireplace Pros we have created an ultimate guidebook to help you find your perfect fireplace. Our guidebook will provide you with comprehensive information about ventless fireplaces and help answer any questions you may have.
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Drawbacks of Electric Fireplaces
What are Ventless Fireplaces?
Ventless fireplaces are an elegant and affordable way to add warmth and beauty to a home or apartment. There is no chimney or ventilation duct to the outdoors, so they are easily installed in any room. Some models can even be moved from room to room! Ventless fireplaces are reasonably priced, and adding one to an existing residence doesn’t require an expensive installation process.
There are several different types of ventless fireplaces, but the two main types we carry at VentlessFireplacePros.com are electric and ethanol. Electric fireplaces use electricity to produce heat and simulate a flame, while ethanol fireplaces actually burn ethanol fuel to produce a real flame and heat. Some ventless fireplaces are freestanding units that can be placed anywhere in your home, while others are permanently installed in a wall. Many units produce an actual flame, while others simulate flame with electricity.
Electric fireplaces will need a standard 120-volt power outlet, and some wall units can be directly connected to your home’s electrical wiring during the installation. Most ethanol fireplaces use inexpensive and convenient fuel packs to fill an internal tank. Both types of fireplace are very safe - there are strict federal regulations as well as industry group standards setting safety standards for ventless fireplaces, ensuring that installing a ventless fireplace is a safe and healthy addition to any home. Ethanol fireplaces have built-in carbon monoxide detectors and devices which monitor the oxygen level in the room, and automatically shut off if the air quality in the room declines.
The primary purpose for a ventless fireplace is to make a room cozy and attractive. Although ventless fireplaces, particularly electric models, can provide a wonderful level of warmth in a room, they are not intended as a main heat source. In purely practical terms, ventless fireplaces can be thought of as a much more attractive space heater. However, unlike a conventional fireplace which lets most of the heat go right up the chimney, ventless fireplaces keep all the heat right where you want it. In small spaces, this may be all the heating you may require.
In this guide, we will look more closely at how ventless fireplaces work, what they can do to make your home warmer and more inviting, the benefits and drawbacks of the various ventless fireplaces, the best manufacturers, and how to safely maintain your fireplace.
Types of Ventless Fireplaces
We carry both electric fireplaces and ethanol fireplaces here at VentlessFireplacePros.com. Electric fireplaces have been around for many years, and they use electricity to create both a visual simulation of fire as well as heat. Ethanol fireplaces are newer, and they burn ethanol fuel in order to produce real flames and heat. Neither type of ventless fireplace requires a connection to the outside air.
Electric fireplaces come in a variety of different types. Some units, generally at the higher end, are installed directly into a wall and wired into your home’s electrical system, while other types are portable and can be plugged into any standard 120-volt outlet. There are electric fireplaces that display a simulated flame using a video screen, while other fireplaces use artificial logs and LED lights to simulate the fire. There are even electric fireplaces that use water vapor to mimic smoke.
Most electric fireplaces have an actual heating unit so that they produce heat; these units generally allow you to shut the heating element off so that you can enjoy the visual ambience of a fire without heating the room. This is a great feature on warm evenings, allowing you to have the atmospheric effect of a burning fire while staying comfortable and cool.
Ventless electric fireplaces come in seven basic form factors.
An electric stove, also known as a portable fireplace, is a highly transportable electric fireplace that is very easy to move from place to place. All that you need to do is carry or wheel it to where you want some extra heat and ambience, plug it into the wall, and turn it on. Portable fireplaces are ideal for small rooms that lack central heat, cold basements, and anywhere in your home that just needs some more warmth.
TV and Media Console
Some electric fireplaces are built into a storage cabinet, TV stand, or media console area, allowing you to save on floor space by combining two functions into one. Furniture units aren’t quite as easy to move around as portable fireplaces, but you still only need an electrical outlet to have your electric fireplace up and running.
Wall Insert Fireplace
Electric Wall Fireplaces can be built right into or placed on your existing wall. Recessing your fireplace into your wall does require some installation work – basically just cutting the drywall and possibly running wiring – but gives you the ability to have a built-in electric fireplace anywhere in your home. For wall hanging fireplaces there is much less installation work involved - just attach them to the studs and plug it in. Wall fireplaces come in a variety of styles, from plain and functional to extremely elegant.
A mantle fireplace unit combines a wall-mounted fireplace with a stylish storage area above. They are excellent for limited space, or in homes where you aren’t able to open up a wall, such as a rental or apartment. There is a wide range of mantle designs available to fit with your decorating style. Mantles are very flexible in where they can be placed – you can put one above a sofa, in a hall, in a cold bedroom, or under a picture window.
Electric Corner Fireplace Units are similar to portable fireplaces but are specifically designed to fit into a corner space. Ideal for those looking for some added warmth but lacking in wall space, corner units let you make the most of the space you have.
If you have an old-fashioned vented fireplace but don’t want the hassle of chimney cleaning and maintenance or the fire risk posed by creosote buildup, an electric fireplace insert which slides right into your existing fireplace opening is a great solution. These inserts are a safe and beautiful way to use your existing room design while creating warmth and comfort.
Ethanol fireplaces use clean-burning, environmentally friendly ethanol fuel packs to produce a real, tangible, physical flame. These fireplaces can be mounted inside or on a wall, on a table top, or can be portable standalone units that go anywhere you would like to have some warmth.
Because ethanol fireplaces produce an actual flame, they cannot be used for ambience only; they always heat up the room they are in. They also emit water vapor and use up oxygen as part of the combustion process; while neither of these is generally a major issue, you should be aware of the need for some airflow into any room where an ethanol fireplace is being used.
There are six basic form factors for ethanol fireplaces.
Ethanol Wall Fireplaces mount directly onto an existing wall and come in a variety of unique and elegant designs. Wall units are great for areas with traffic, as the flame is completely contained inside a glass partition, and can be used even in areas open to the public such as restaurants or waiting areas. Some wall units protrude from the wall while others are built into a recess, so the amount of work necessary to install them can vary. Some wall units require clearance between the back of the unit and other structural elements (such as studs or drywall) while other units, known as “zero clearance” fireplaces, are insulated so well that they can be in direct contact with the rest of your house.
Tabletop fireplaces take the ventless nature of ethanol fireplaces to its logical conclusion. With no need for ventilation hardware, the flame can be literally anywhere in the room. Tabletop displays come in a range of beautiful designs that make fantastic centerpieces for dining tables, astonishing conversation pieces in a living room, or practical yet elegant statement pieces on a corporate desk.
Freestanding fireplaces or floor units combine a heat source and an elegant decorative touch in one convenient package. There is a wide array of designs, ranging from huge firepit-type models to tall and slender pillars of flame. Some are quite small while others can heat an entire patio area.
An ethanol burner is the simplest form of a ventless ethanol fireplace, and it’s intended as a purely functional item to provide supplemental heat in a small area. Burners are just the flame-generating component without any fancy hardware or display elements, and they can be installed almost anywhere. You can install a burner in an old-fashioned fireplace, repair or refresh an older ethanol fireplace’s burner component, or use a burner to make a do-it-yourself fireplace.
Fireboxes are an interesting combination between floor and wall units. As the name implies, in design terms they are a simple box containing the flame – some are more polished and shiny while others are simpler, but all of them are basically just rectangular boxes. They can be installed next to a wall, inset into an existing fireplace, inset into a custom alcove, or even left freestanding.
Smart fireplaces are fireboxes brought into the digital age. Similar in design and appearance to a conventional firebox, the smart firebox has built-in digital technology allowing you to control the flame from the included remote control, or using your own smartphone.
Benefits of a Ventless Fireplace
Ventless fireplaces provide a wide range of benefits, adding comfort and value to any room of your home. A fireplace adds warmth and a glowing ambience to the room.
First and foremost, ventless fireplaces are attractive both as furnishings and objects in your home, and as a source of warmth, light, and ambience. People love the sight of a fire, and love to feel the heat coming from the flames. A room with a ventless fireplace is a room that is cozy, homey, and comfortable.
One of the largest benefits of ventless fireplaces is an obvious one – ventless fireplaces do not need to be ventilated to the outside of the building. If you want to add a conventional fireplace to your home, you have to build a chimney stack, or connect the fireplace to the ventilation system – a difficult, time-consuming, and above all expensive proposition. Adding a traditional brick and mantel fireplace to an existing home can cost more than $30,000 for permits, inspections, materials, and labor. Vented gas fireplaces are less expensive than that, but will still run at least a few thousand dollars in installation costs. Ventless fireplaces avoid all that hassle and expense because they require no or minimal connections to existing construction.
Because they don’t need a direct vented connection to outside air, ventless fireplaces can be used anywhere in your building – or even on your patio, carport, or garage. That conventional fireplace you spent five figures installing only goes to one place – if you want to move it to another room, you’re out of luck. You can put ventless fireplaces in any room of your house, or in multiple rooms – the choice is entirely yours and it’s easy to change your mind later and move things around.
Some ventless fireplaces use electricity to produce heat and simulated flame, while others burn bio-ethanol fuel to produce a real flame. Either way, there are no toxic or smelly emissions from ventless fireplaces, no soot, no smoke, no odor – the only emission from a ventless ethanol heater is a little bit of water vapor, and electrical fireplaces produce no emissions whatsoever. People with asthma or allergies to smoke, or who dislike the smell of wood smoke, can enjoy ventless electrical fireplaces without any health risk or discomfort.
Unlike conventional fireplaces, ventless fireplaces require only simple cleaning and occasional inspection of safety components. This low maintenance requirement means ventless fireplace owners spend their time enjoying their fireplace, not carting wood, cleaning chimneys, and taking care of yet another household chore.
Unlike a conventional fireplace, where it is difficult to control the level of the fire more than very roughly, ventless fireplaces give absolutely precise control over heat and light output. Electric fireplaces, where the heating element and the lighting element are completely separate systems, even allow users to have the visual appeal of a roaring blaze, while putting out no heat whatsoever – ideal for a summer evening.
Ventless fireplaces are environmentally responsible, using clean electricity or bio-ethanol produced from crops. They are also energy efficient – while a conventional fireplace sends all or nearly all of its heat right up the chimney (heating a small area around the fireplace through radiant heat, but cooling the building overall), a ventless fireplace keeps all the heat inside the building. With no ventilation taking the heat out, that warmth stays right where you want it to be.
When you want extra heat in a room, a ventless fireplace lets you warm that area without having to turn on the furnace for the rest of the house, or turning up a thermostat which may cause other rooms to be too hot. Ventless fireplaces allow you to target heat to where you need it the most, and many models are highly portable, allowing you to reconfigure your heating system to your changing heating needs.
Ventless fireplaces are easy to install. The most involved installations only require you to remove some drywall and possibly wire the fireplace into your home’s electrical system; many ventless fireplaces are completely portable and all you need to do is plug them in or carry them to the room you want them to heat.
Traditional fireplaces create untold health and safety risks – creosote buildup can lead to home fires, as can embers escaping from crackling logs, while smoke and other toxic residues are the inevitable byproduct of wood combustion. Ventless fireplaces avoid all these risks, and those fireplaces that do rely on the combustion of safe, clean bio-ethanol come equipped with sophisticated air quality monitors that ensure any degradation in the oxygen quality around the fireplace will cause the fireplace to shut off.
Drawbacks of a Ventless Fireplace
Drawbacks of Electric Fireplaces
Every type of fireplace has advantages and disadvantages, and electric ventless fireplaces are no exception.
The largest drawback of an electric fireplace for some people is that there is no real flame, only a simulated flame. The level of quality of the simulated flames varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and from unit to unit, but most people can tell that it isn’t a real flame. Many electric fireplaces also do not produce the crackling sound of a real fire (although some units do come with a device to make that sound) and the ambience of an electric fireplace, although pleasant and cheery, is not quite the same as having a real flame. However, some manufacturers have taken this perceived disadvantage and have designed their ventless electrical fireplaces to put on a bright and cheery multicolored display, rather than try just to copy a natural flame, and many people like those displays very much.
Although electric fireplaces are relatively efficient compared to a conventional fireplace (where most of the heat ends up going up the chimney or out the ventilation system), they are of limited capacity and are not intended to be the primary heat source for any but the smallest of spaces.
Electric fireplaces can be used on a standard wall outlet, but they do tend to draw a lot of amperage from those outlets and may have a difficult time sharing an outlet with other power-hungry appliances. You may need to purchase a surge protector, and for larger units you may need a dedicated circuit to prevent blown fuses.
Finally, because they run on electricity, electric fireplaces will not work during a power outage such as during a winter storm. During weather emergencies, they may not be reliable providers of heat, so you should not depend on an electric fireplace as your primary heating source.
Drawbacks of Ethanol Fireplaces
Although ethanol fireplaces are an excellent addition to any home, like any other product there are some tradeoffs that you should be aware of.
Because ethanol fireplaces burn ethanol to produce a real flame, the rooms they are in do need to have adequate ventilation. The fireplace itself does not require a specific vent, but using an ethanol fireplace in a tightly enclosed space with no ventilation will cause a buildup of carbon monoxide as a natural byproduct of combustion. Ethanol fireplaces come with air quality monitors to prevent dangerous levels of carbon monoxide buildup but this is something to be aware of when deciding where in your home to place an ethanol fireplace.
The other byproduct of combustion in an ethanol fireplace is water vapor. In homes with very poor ventilation, this may potentially increase the chance of problems such as mold or mildew. However, even marginal levels of ventilation should be more than enough to prevent water vapor buildup from being a significant issue in a modern home.
Ethanol fireplaces cannot produce a flame without producing heat. If you want a nice fireplace experience in the summer months, with an ethanol fireplace you have to put up with the heat coming from the fireplace. Unlike with an electric fireplace, there’s no way to get the visual impact of the flame without the accompanying warmth.
Speaking of flames, the flame produced by burning ethanol is slightly bluer in color than the flame that one would expect from a wood fireplace, which may be less appealing to some owners. However, the addition of fire elements such as ceramic logs and glass embers to an ethanol fireplace can cause these flames to look more “natural”.
Finally, although they will work during power outages or storms, ethanol fireplaces do burn physical fuel, meaning that you have to buy and store the fuel, refill the fireplace, and pay the ongoing operating expense of running the fireplace. The cost to run an ethanol fireplace is somewhat higher than the cost to run an electrical fireplace for the same heat output.
Ventless Fireplace Manufacturers
There are a number of manufacturers of very high-quality electric and ethanol ventless fireplaces. VentlessFireplacePros.com has had excellent results with fireplaces from these manufacturers.
Ignis is a manufacturer of electrical and ethanol ventless fireplaces based in New York state, and they also produce their own line of bio-ethanol fuel and sell a variety of fireplace accessories.
Ignis makes the “Royal” line of electric wall-mounted fireplaces. The Royal line ranges from 36” to 95” in length, and is available with a simulated flame bed of crystals, pebbles, or logs. The enclosure comes in a choice of white or black, and the Royal fireplaces can come without a heater or with a two-setting electric space heater (750 watt and 1500 watt) built-in. There is an overheat protection sensor and the flame effect has four different levels of brightness.
Ignis produces a line of Zero Clearance fireplace insert fireboxes, a unique insulated double-wall ethanol burner that only passes heat through the glass front, so it can be installed without any clearance whatsoever. Ignis also builds recessed, wall-mounted, freestanding, and tabletop ethanol fireplaces and fireplace burners.
Nu-Flame manufactures bio-ethanol ventless fireplaces and produce a line of bio-ethanol fuel and ethanol fireplace accessories. Nu-Flame has a wide array of unique tabletop fireplaces, ranging from elegant to industrial in design. They also have a line of beautiful free-standing floor fireplaces that can be the design centerpiece of an entire room, as well as sleek wall-mounted fireplaces.
One of the most unique Nu-Flame designs is the Ardore tabletop fireplace. A refined black cover atop a stainless steel burner, the Ardore produces a warm burst of flame between two tempered glass panels which reflect the fire. The flame is easily adjusted, and the Ardore weighs just over 17 pounds, making it easy to move from room to room.
Another outstanding Nu-Flame product, the Fiero freestanding floor fireplace can be the center of any room. Constructed of tempered glass and stainless steel, the Fiero is distinctive and beautiful and makes any room pop. The Fiero is also available with white or grey ceramic pebble or log inserts to produce a more natural-looking flame.
Amantii manufactures high-end electrical fireplaces in a variety of styles and designs, along with electric fireplace accessories. Many Amantii designs are absolutely unique and beautiful, especially their line of three-dimensional electric fireplaces where the flame is visible from three directions.
The Amantii Panorama Deep XT series of built-in wall fireplaces range in size from 40” to 88” and have the special Amantii “Fire and Ice” three-color display, allowing you to choose from several different color combinations. The Deep XT series also comes with a beautiful selection of logs, embers, and glass pieces to create a convincing illusion of flame. The heating element is able to heat a 450-square-foot room.
Amantii’s True-View XL line has the ability to display flames on up to three sides at once. The True-View XL fireplaces can be installed with all three sides open, with the front and the left open, with the front and the right open, or with just the front open for an extra-deep fireplace. Ranging from 40” to 72” wide, this line of fireplaces is a truly beautiful addition to any room.
Eco-Feu is a Canadian manufacturer of bio-ethanol ventless fireplaces based in Montreal. They also produce bio-ethanol fuel and ethanol fireplace accessories. Eco-Fue produces refined-looking tabletop fireplaces, elegant wall-mounted fireplaces, unique freestanding floor fireplaces, and utilitarian ethanol burners.
One interesting Eco-Feu design is the Romeo tabletop biofuel fireplace. Built around a stainless steel ethanol burner, this cylindrical glass fireplace is attractive and durable and features a flame height of up to 7 ½”. The Romeo can be used indoors or out, and is built with high-temperature glass for extra safety. The Romeo is completely self-contained, and weighing just 14 pounds, is easy to move from room to room. A large fuel reservoir allows for burn times of up to eight hours per fill.
The Eco-Feu Vision III free-standing biofuel fireplace has an intriguing design based on stainless steel and glass that offers beautiful and portable heat and ambience wherever you need them. Made with tempered safety glass and featuring an automatic convection system and shutter mechanism, the Vision III is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and can burn for six to eight hours.
Maintenance on an electrical ventless fireplace is extremely simple and consists primarily of inspecting the electrical connections to make sure the cord and plug aren’t frayed, and doing some basic cleaning. You’ll need a clean soft cloth, glass cleaner, and a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment, or a handheld vacuum.
- Unplug the fireplace; if it has been operating recently, let it cool off completely. Some internal components can get very hot and you do not want to burn yourself.
- Check the electrical connection components – the power cord, the plug, and the connection to the fireplace itself – for fraying or wear. Do not use your electric fireplace if any of the electrical connections are frayed or worn.
- Use a clean, soft cloth to wipe dust or debris from the interior and exterior surfaces of the fireplace. Use a handheld vacuum cleaner or a small brush attachment to a regular vacuum cleaner to clean off the heat vents (where the hot air comes out of your fireplace).
- Finally, use glass cleaner (not an abrasive cleaner, which might scratch your glass!) to clean the inside and outside of the glass panel(s) of your fireplace. You may need to remove the panels from the fireplace, depending on the design of your fireplace, in order to reach both sides of the glass.
You should repeat this maintenance cycle perhaps once every three months; do maintenance more often if you are in a dusty environment, are using your electric fireplace heavily, or notice debris building up anywhere on the fireplace. If your electric fireplace uses a lightbulb or set of LED lights to simulate a flame, those lights will need to be replaced periodically if they burn out.
Ethanol ventless fireplaces require a bit more maintenance than their electrical counterparts, but are still a very low-maintenance piece of hardware. You’ll need a clean cloth, a can of compressed air, glass cleaner, and a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment, or a handheld vacuum.
- Turn the unit off and let it cool off for at least half an hour.
- Remove the ceramic logs or other inserts used in the fireplace and wipe them with a clean damp cloth to remove any soot or buildup. Check the logs for blackened areas, which might indicate that the log is getting too much direct heat; clean the blackened areas off and rearrange the logs so as to distribute the flames more evenly.
- Check the air inlet holes, where oxygen is drawn in from the room to mix with the bio-ethanol fuel, and make sure they have not become clogged with dirt, dust, or debris.
- Use the can of compressed air to blow the burner tube clear of any debris that might be blocking the flow of ethanol to the burner.
- Vacuum the base of the unit to get rid of any dirt or debris which could build up and pose a fire hazard.
- Clean both sides of all glass panels; you may need to remove the panels from your fireplace to gain access to them for cleaning.
- Inspect the air quality sensors in your ethanol fireplace and make sure that they are functioning.
You should perform this maintenance checklist on your ethanol ventless fireplace every three months or so; if you notice a lot of buildup or are using your fireplace frequently, do maintenance more often.
That’s it! Your electrical or ethanol fireplace is now ready to go back to work, heating your home and making it a more comfortable and appealing place to live.
Ventless fireplaces are in general extremely safe products for your home – they are certainly much safer than conventional fireplaces. However, there are some basic steps which you should take to ensure that your ventless fireplace poses no risk to your home and family.
For electrical fireplaces, make sure there are no electrical hazards around your fireplace. Your fireplace should not be situated near any source of water – sinks, water heaters, or water features are all things to keep your fireplace away from. Make sure that the cord is not positioned where it will be regularly stepped on, creating wear on the cord.
Electrical fireplaces also draw a lot of current, and it’s critical that you have a circuit for the electrical fireplace that can handle the load. Don’t put other high-drawing appliances or equipment on the same circuit as your fireplace – and remember that a given circuit can have more than one outlet, so don’t assume that two different outlets must be on two different circuits.
Keep flammable objects away from your ethanol or electric fireplace – fireplaces of any sort generate a lot of heat, and the ethanol types have an open flame. The area around your fireplace needs to be kept clear of flammable objects such as books, papers, pet beds, etc.
Keep your fireplace clean, in and out. Dust buildup can pose a fire hazard. Use the maintenance guide in Chapter Six to keep your fireplace free of this fire risk.
Ethanol fireplaces have built-in air quality sensors that will automatically shut the fireplace off if there is a drop in the oxygen concentration or a dangerously high carbon monoxide buildup. For maximum safety, you may wish to install a separate air quality sensor with an audible alarm in any room with an ethanol fireplace in operation.
Make sure that your fireplaces are approved by Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) in the United States, or Underwriter’s Laboratories of Canada (ULC) in Canada. The UL or ULC label will appear prominently on the back or side of the fireplace if it has been approved.
Ethanol fireplaces protect people in your home from being burned by using safety glass around the flame elements. However, the glass itself can still become quite hot – don’t allow children or pets to play around floor units, and make sure that tabletop units can’t be easily pulled down by an inquisitive child or rambunctious pet.
Do NOT refill your ethanol fireplace while it is still burning! Put the fire out and allow the burner to cool off before adding more fuel. Use a long match or long-reach butane lighter to ignite your ethanol fuel – NEVER use a Bic lighter or a regular match. Keep your hands and face well away from the combustion area of your ethanol fireplace. If you spill ethanol fuel on your skin or clothing, wash it thoroughly before attempting to light the fire. Make sure that the ethanol fireplace you choose has a spill tray underneath the burner, so that any spilled fuel will not create a fire hazard.
Hopefully you now know more about ventless fireplaces than when you started this guide, and that means it is finally time to get out there and choose the fireplace that is perfect for you!
- Catherine Sibi
The Top 5 Reasons to Choose an Amanti Electric Fireplace for Your Home
Winter is upon on us and there is nothing more comfortable than curling up around a cozy fireplace with loved ones to celebrate the holidays. In the past, this meant someone was regulated to firewood duty and regardless of who got the job of going out into the cold to grab more wood to fuel the fire, there was still the problem of smoke and suit making its way into everyone's clothing. Nobody likes smelling like smoke and until recently, there was little hope for furniture and drapes located in the same room as your fireplace.
Amantii 26" Fire & Ice Series Electric Fireplace With White Glass Surround
Amantii electric fireplaces eliminate these concerns and allow you to enjoy soothing ambient heat with relaxing flame effects without destroying your clothes or furniture. Electric fireplaces have come a long way since their inception and today’s wall hanging models provide homeowners with unmatched flexibility as well far less maintenance when compared to traditional fireplaces.
While a simple internet search may pull up hundreds of different electric fireplace providers, it is important to remember that all brands are not created equally and many consumers have been duped into buying subpar electric fireplaces that provide inadequate heating as well as non-realistic looking flame effects.
A wall hanging electric fireplace like the Amantii Panorama TRU-VIEW – 3 Sided Electric Fireplace, can make a bold statement of elegance that is sure to capture the imagination of any guests who happen upon its presence. Totally versatile, this stunning fireplace has four installation options: 3 sides open, left side open, right side open ot both sides "closed". It is important to consider where you want to place your unit in order to allow for the desired effects needed to improve your décor's functionality.
There are endless reasons to go with an Amantii electric fireplace as your next selection. Below are just a few of the main reasons why you should consider going electric with your next fireplace purchase.
Amantii 72" Slim Indoor or Outdoor Electric Fireplace
Ease of Installation
Amantii electric fireplaces are by far one of the easiest fire feature options you can add to your home. They do not require access to gas lines and ventilation ducts. This saves you big time on installation. This has also caused a homeowner trend to form of converting traditional fireplaces into clean electric options. The conversion is simple and in most cases, the majority of the process is removing your traditional fireplace equipment.
Amantii is an industry leader when it comes to electric fireplaces and their years of experience are evident in the additional features provided by their company. Amantii offers a free CAD download plugin that can assist in working out your fireplace's layout including manufacturer specific detailed information. This is a huge advantage over the competition and it is exactly this type of innovative thinking that keeps Amantii one step ahead of the competition.
Due to the ease of installation and the fact that Amantii electric fireplaces do not require additional exhaust ventilation, you can place your new fire feature almost anywhere. This gives you the flexibility you need to transform unused living space into a vibrant community area. An electric fireplace naturally attracts your guests and sparks their interests from the moment it comes into view.
Depending on the size of the fireplace you desire, you will be pleased to know that many units are portable by nature. You can easily bring them with you to enjoy regardless of your scenario. This makes Armantii fireplace ideal for people who own multiple homes but do not wish to purchase multiple fire features.
Electric fireplaces are significantly less expensive than traditional or even gas options because they do not need any special installation. Gas is also very expensive and during the winter months, the price has been known to spike in regions that experience harsh winter weather. This can make a gas alternative very costly to a homeowner.
A traditional fireplace may be inexpensive to keep lit if you live in a wooded area but there is the cost of maintaining your firewood. This is a timely process that can involve serious physical labor. This is another reason that people are shying away from traditional fireplaces in favor of these more convenient options.
Amantii Panorama TRU-VIEW – 3 Sided Electric Fireplace
More Design Options to Choose From
Amantii has long been the industry leader in terms of design options and there is sure to be fire feature to fit your particular needs. There are a wide variety of styles and sizes to choose from and all of their units provide excellent supplemental heat.
Armantii provides you with a wide selection of fire bed options to choose from including lava rock and crystals. Customize your bed stones to fit your homes décor. You can even use matching rocks and surrounding flowers to give your fireplace an amazing daytime appeal as well.
No Heat Required
Electric fireplaces are the only alternative for those looking to enjoy the soothing effects of a flame without the heat provided by traditional fireplaces. An electric fireplace gives you the option to turn the heating element off while you still enjoy the flame features. This adds to your ability to enjoy your fire feature year around and it is just one more reason why so many homeowners have chosen to switch to electric fireplaces.
Go With The Best
Amantii has been recognized for their excellent contribution to the marketplace. This innovative firm has contributed both in their designs and added functionality of their units. These innovations have helped to shape the current fireplace trends and going into the next year, there is ever growing momentum driving the push towards electric fireplaces over traditional units.
As more consumers learn the benefit provided by this style of fire feature, there will be a continued push by homeowners to become a part of this cost saving home improvement revolution. Amantii is at the forefront of this transformation and through a combination of excellent customer service and unmatched quality; this firm continues to lead the market towards new and never before seen innovations.
- Catherine Sibi
Things to Consider When Converting a Traditional Fireplace to a Ventless Fireplace
You have probably heard by now that the installation of a ventless fireplace can eliminate the smog and soot that your traditional fireplace produces. Ventless fireplaces are much easier to manage.
First thing’s first, though. If you want to make this change, you’ll have to start be closing up that old fireplace.
Bloc 67 Ounce Ethanol Burner
Making the Conversion
If you’ve got a wood-burning fireplace in your home that you just don’t want to deal with anymore, consider turning it into a ventless fireplace. Ventless fireplaces are much easier to manage. You don’t have to mess with bulky fuel, no need to deal with soot or ash, and there isn’t any smoke!
This is actually a fairly easy process, though it’s going to take a little time and a few materials. You’ll first want to climb onto your roof to inspect your chimney for decay or loose brick. If there are signs of either of these, you should consider calling a professional to have it inspected and cleaned out.
Once you’re ready to seal it up, you’ll need to remove your chimney cap, then measure the size of the opening. Cut a piece of sheet metal to the size of your chimney opening, then use it to cover the opening, sealing it with some rubber caulking. Be sure not to make it airtight, as this can cause moisture to build up in the house. This plate’s main purpose is to keep rain from coming into the chimney when it’s not in use.
After that’s done, put the chimney cap back on and head inside the house. Close the fireplace damper and measure the opening of the chimney directly below the damper. Using those measurements, cut a piece of sturdy foam insulation and place it inside with more rubber caulking. Since you’ll be using the fireplace, just with a different type of fuel, you’ll want to consider using either a fireproof insulation or adding fireproof material between the flame and the insulation.
Choosing the Right Product
There are so many options out there for a quality ventless fireplace experience. Without running gas lines and such, there are three types of fireplaces which will work for what you’ve got planned: electric, gel fuel and ethanol. Each have their advantages and disadvantages and finding the right one for you may take a little bit of searching so let’s take a look at a few.
Electric fireplaces work like an electric heater without looking like one. The Real Flame Electric Firebox, for instance, is designed to be placed into a wall. Inside it are fake logs illuminated by LED lights. This particular unit has a remote control and an adjustable thermostat. I have one much like this and it’s easy to forget it’s not a real fire.
If you’re missing the look of smoke, you might consider the Dimplex 600 mm Opti-Myst Cassette Fireplace Insert. This unit actually uses a combination of lights and water vapor to simulate smoke, something I’ve never seen before.
Since there isn’t a real fire, electric isn’t for everyone. Gel is one option, as seen with the Real Flame Gel 18” Log Set. This would be one of the easiest ways to get a fire back into your fireplace without having to deal with old fireplace issues. Not only does it include realistic logs to give you that fireplace feel, it burns using gel fuel, which comes in easy-to-use canisters. In this way, setup is simple, and you get a real fire without a whole lot of trouble.
There is no unit easier to install than bio ethanol fireplace. Ethanol is made from renewable resources and due to its clean burning nature, there are no hazardous chemical by-products produced. This means that you will no longer get stained drapes or smell like burning wood once you convert to a bio ethanol fireplace.
Bio ethanol fireplaces come in a wide variety of designs with most being portable. Some of the most versatile ethanol burning fireplaces are inserts, such as the EB2100 - Ignis Ethanol Fireplace Burner Insert. This can be easily placed into a converted fireplace and has very little mess or maintenance. It simply is what it is.
If you’re looking for something a little more flashy, you might consider the Eco-Feu 1.5 L Insert. This would also fit well into any fireplace, but has a bit more style to it with its curved, black top. This particular one can also be used outside, should you so desire. It also has an adjustable burner, allowing you to set the flame height to your preference.
Another option that’s a little different, but will still work to replace a fireplace, is the Ignis EBG1400 Ethanol Fireplace Grate. While similar to the previous inserts, this device has a more rugged style. It holds three liters of ethanol, which can result in anywhere from nine to 15 hours of burn time.
If this were a project I was doing myself, I would almost certainly end up with the Design Table Bio-Ethanol Fireplace Insert. This fireplace is the best of all worlds, in my opinion. It is designed to fit snugly into an old fireplace while still being able to maintain it without any fuss. The front glass panel is designed to be easily removed to allow for easy cleaning and refueling of the fireplace. It also has an adjustable flame so I can have the fire exactly how I like it. Its design even allows for putting fake logs in to really help give it that fireplace feel.
Bio-Blaze Bloc 169 Ounce Ethanol Burner
Another great thing about bio ethanol fireplaces is that they are not permanent with many owners using their bio ethanol fireplaces during the spring and summer months. Saving the winter month for wood burning options
Do Your Homework
Be sure to measure your fireplace to see what size bio ethanol unit to consider. A 1.5 liter burner can produce around 6000 BTU. This is a decent amount of supplemental heat and units do exist with up to 4 of these burners built in giving you 24000 BTU. You don't want to get to big of a unit for your fireplace size as it may cause damage.
When done correctly, sealing up a fireplace and installing a ventless solution is an excellent way to keep the rustic feel of a wood-burning fireplace with having to deal with all the fuss and muss. Getting rid of the wood pile is a lifesaver and not having to deal with the ash and smoke put off by a fire is just healthier. You may end up missing the comforting crackle and pop which accompanies a wood fire, but I can guarantee you won’t miss all the chopping and cleaning you had to deal with before.
Elegance and Style at an Affordable Price
You may not be keen on chopping firewood but still desire the relaxing effects of a real fireplace. Bio ethanol fireplaces give you this feel without causing you to put your winter boots on and chop logs in the snow. This is just one of the many reasons why people are falling in love with the bio ethanol concept.
Ethanol Fireplace Conversion - A Smart Option
Once you consider the advantages and ease in which one can convert to the clean burning alternative ethanol, there is little reason to postpone the decision. Say goodbye to smog covered furniture and stained drapes. Bio ethanol is the clear winner out of the fireplace options. Go green and do your part to make a brighter tomorrow through the incorporation of a bio ethanol fireplace.
- Catherine Sibi