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
Recessed Fireplaces - Everything You Need to Know
Homeowners around the globe are touting the advantages of recessed fireplaces. These unique conversation starters can heat up your living space and add the perfect amount of elegance to your home. While there is a wide variety of fireplaces to choose from few offer the ease of installation found in bio ethanol recessed fireplace units.
These hanging fireplaces burn green so they do not produce harmful byproducts such as smoke or soot and they can be installed almost anywhere. Traditional fireplaces are large, clunky, and not a realistic option for renters seeking to add a fire feature to their home. The homeowner can spend thousands of dollars adding a fireplace and chimney to their home or they can go with a recessed bio ethanol unit that will provide them with a real flame and heat for a fraction of the cost.
This is also a great way to add the ultimate conversation piece to your home. The elegant and modern design of most recessed fireplaces is sure to spark interests in the minds of your guests. A great example would be is the Lata Bio Ethanol Wall Mount or Recessed Fireplace. It looks really expensive and produce real fire and heat as well.
Lata Bio Ethanol Wall Mount or Recessed Fireplace
Bio-Ethanol Recessed Fireplace Option
Due to the ease of installation and modern designs, there are a plethora of different fireplace styles to pick from. This means you can get the perfect fit for your living space without having to fork out thousands of dollars. If you are looking for an extremely high-end unit for your home, you still have that option a well.
Recessed fireplaces can come in hundreds of different finish styles ranging from stainless steel to faux wood. Whatever type of recessed fireplace you are looking for, there is sure to be finish to fit your desires. These unique fire features give homeowners the perfect way to express themselves through functional art.
While recessed fireplaces are designed to provide supplemental heat only, they are still capable of producing allot of BTUs. Units with multiple burners can give you the best results as a 1.5-liter burner can produce around 6000 BTU. This means a 4 burner recessed fireplace unit will deliver 24000 BTU in heating performance.
Maximum Bio Ethanol Wall Mount Recessed Fireplace
The internet has become filled with LED fireplace options that produce lighting effects rather than actual flame. While these units to provide additional functionality, the fact that they use artificial flame and heat can be a real downer to someone looking for a real fire and heat in their living space. LED hanging fireplace options can look gimmicky and depending on your decor, you are sure to get the most from a real flame feature such as a bio ethanol recessed fireplace.
Since bio ethanol burns clean this eliminates the need for exhaust vents. This also means that you can enjoy real fire-generated heat in compact and tight spaces. This is part of the reason that bio ethanol fireplaces have become a hit with apartment owners around the world.
Other than changing the bio ethanol fuel cans out once they are done, there is little to no maintenance required when owning these units. This is a stark difference from traditional fireplaces that require multiple cleanings and wipe downs to prevent the buildup of soot.
Tokio Recessed Ventless Ethanol Fireplace
In terms of fire feature options, no other type of fireplace can give you real flames at a cheaper installation cost. Gas powered units require lines to run and traditional fireplaces can cost thousand to install. A recessed fireplace can be placed on your wall and mounted flush. Other than the initial cost of mounting, only buying new fuel canisters remains for the recessed fireplace owner.
Bio ethanol fireplaces give you more control over the flames than traditional fireplaces. Simply adjust your burner settings to get the flame you desire. This is the easiest way to get custom sized flame features into your home without running expensive gas lines.
Recessed Fireplaces - A Great New Look
Few décor items give your room the personality found in a recessed fireplace. These unique flame producing décor items can keep you comfortable and feel relaxed all year around. Take your time and consider your overall décor prior to deciding on the style of the recessed fireplace to get and you will enjoy years of clean heating and great conversations with friends over the gentle glow of a real fire.
- Catherine Sibi
The Versatility of an Ethanol Burner Insert
“Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation.” Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway, has more experience than most when it comes to engineering new ideas and solutions to old problems. His memorable quote reminds even those of us that are simple at-home DIYers that a little creativity can result in some pretty fantastic and attractive home décor options if we’re willing to explore some of the newest technology commercially available. Why stop at simply wowing your visitors with a unique creation, especially when it comes to something as entrancing as tamed fire? Burner inserts boast a wide variety of styles, and when combined with ethanol biofuel, you can take full advantage of their unique simplicity of use and maintenance.
What is an ethanol fireplace burner insert, and what are these benefits? An ethanol burner insert is a commercially available product intended for both retrofitting and new construction projects, intended to replace or augment an existing fireplace. In the past few years, more and more styles and imaginative approaches have been developed, expanding the breadth of available pieces to include table-top and wall-hanging options as well. What ethanol biofuel offers is immeasurable ease of use. Each and every burner insert or free-standing piece is completely smoke and soot free, devoid of any toxic gasses or emissions, and requires absolutely zero ash cleanup. No chimneys or vents required. The only byproduct of this green, environmentally friendly fuel when it burns are beautiful crisp flames, heat, and a bit of water vapor. What can we do with all this awesomeness packed into one little place?
Convert an Existing Fireplace
Let’s start with an easy one: do you already have an existing fireplace? How often do you use it? If you’re anything like me, you get sick and tired of all the extra work that goes into preparing for a relaxing evening in front of the fire. With how hectic and busy the day can get, why not optimize your relaxation as much as your day? Put away the tinder, split wood, lighter fluid, matches, and poker. Cleaning out your fireplace will take a little work, but trust me, it’ll be very, very worth it.
It’ll get messy, so wear old clothes and lay out sheets to protect nearby furniture and carpet. If it’s been a while since you’ve used your fireplace, keep in mind that birds might have nested in there, so do what you can to avoid knocking their nests down into your house while brushing things loose. Start by cleaning the firebox itself: shovel out old ash, sweep up what else you can, then go to town on those beautiful bricks with a wire brush first (to loosen the soot), then a scrub brush with a water/baking soda solution to tease out the stains. If you notice a funky smell, it’s likely leftover creosote. Just take a water/baking soda paste and apply to any stubborn build-up.
Now it’s time to choose. The Bio Blaze Bloc 23½ Inch Biofuel Burner is a low profile, high efficiency ethanol fireplace insert for existing fireplaces, sleek and sexy in high quality stainless steel. It holds a total of 3.5 liters of bio-ethanol liquid fuel (never substitute!) and can burn for a max of about five hours, more than enough time to get deep into that new bestseller you’ve been craving lately. While burning, this burner can put out almost 12,000 BTUs, so it isn’t for small spaces. If you decide to shut down a little earlier, it comes with a snuffer tool that will allow you to preserve the leftover fuel for next time. Fill, light, enjoy. Snuff, enjoy later. All of a sudden, the idea of sitting in front of the fire doesn’t seem so far off!
Looking for something even bigger and more impressive? The EB4800 model Ethanol Fireplace Burner Insert is a whopping 48 7/8" long, so if you’ve got a larger fireplace going to waste and not serving it’s entertainment purpose, it’s time to resurrect that beautiful feature. The EB4800 holds 15 liters and can burn for thirteen hours on a single fill, putting out around 23,000 BTUs, making it perfect for large gathering spaces and community areas.
Smaller, more intimate options have no shortage on sass and style, so if you’re looking to retrofit a more private space in a smaller home or apartment, Eco-Feu’s 1.5 L Insert provides a lower level of heat for no lost attitude. The design also works extremely well for table-top usage, so you can use it in your fireplace for solo nights in, or move it to the dining room table for entertaining, as long as it’s set on a nonflammable surface. With its 1.5 liter capacity, it will burn for three to four hours.
Convert a Coffee or Dining Table
While this option will take a little work, it’ll have a great impression on your visitors when you touch off the eco-friendly flames with the touch of a lighter. How you’ll go about this will greatly depend on the table you want to convert, so it’s hard for me to give specifics. Know going into it that you’ll need to ensure that the edges of the insert hole are shored up enough, because that’s where the insert will be resting its weight, and that the surfaces around it should be fireproof, to prevent accidents. Tile, stone, brick, and steel are going to be among the best options for surface material. You can also convert an existing firepit table with one of the many bio-ethanol inserts as well.
The Insert Table Bio-Ethanol Fireplace is made for this project specifically, and comes with four safety glass pieces to ensure that your guests won’t accidentally swing too wide and you won’t end up needing to clean charred food bits out of the burner after dinner. Because it is made to sit flush, you’ll see the sleek steel, glass, and natural, beautiful flames. Coming with two tank options, 1 or 2 liters, this insert will stay lit for about three or 6 hours, respectively.
Also keep in mind that there are many great choices for table-top options as well, if you want something with great visual impact. The Eco-Feu 1.5 L Insert mentioned before is a great choice, among others like the Chantico Line A-05 Bioethanol Fireplace Insert. An elegant powder-coated black steel and tempered safety glass design makes for a stunning centerpiece for a dining table or coffee table. This one features a 1.8 liter tank, allowing it to burn for about three to five hours.
New Contemporary Fireplace Mantels
Big or small, compact or sprawling, fireplaces continue to serve as a central feature in many homes as they have to hundreds of years. Designs are as varied as art itself, allowing this planet’s many fireplaces to be as much of a visual statement as the flames they contain. As technology progresses and improves our living experiences, safety measures and similar concerns have also grown to keep up with an increasingly complicated world. As a homeowner or renter, you are able to enjoy a fireplace without having to sacrifice a wall or the safety of your children or pets, and with the newest releases in contemporary fireplaces, you get the sleekest, cleanest styles available on the market today.
If you’re searching for the perfect electric fireplace with mantel, you’re going to be surprised just how many options there are out there, and their benefits will surprise you. Convenience is key here. No major installation projects will interrupt your living space because electric fireplaces don’t require a chimney, as they emit no harmful emissions or particulates like toxic gasses or soot. Use is as easy as flicking a switch and requires no clean up of ash or leftover wood, as you will find with a traditional fireplace. You don’t even have to bother with refueling the burner, as bioethanol fireplaces require. Requiring nothing more than an outlet and someone to enjoy them, these fireplaces offer both comfort and warmth at the fraction of cost and effort that other pieces do, while still offering the fashionable contemporary style of a mantelpiece.
Dimplex Linwood Electric Fireplace
When it comes to depth and realistic effect, Dimplex patented technology combines the visual of dancing flames and carefully crafted logs that glow from within thanks to LED glow lighting, creating a comforting, believable experience that is not only enjoyable, but safe. Because there are no actual flames involved, the glass front remains constantly cool, so wandering hands or inquisitive paws have no chance for burning injuries. This fireplace will become your favorite household feature year-round. Because the heat and the visual are separated, you can have the comforting glow of the fireplace flames dancing across the room without the heat. Make no mistake, when you do want the heat, it’s ready and raring to go, as the Dimplex Linwood Electric Fireplace features a powerful fan-forced heater (with thermostat control) that promises to delightfully heat a 400 square feet room with little effort.
Now that I’ve sung the praises of the Linwood’s functionality, it’s time to talk about its style. If the touchably organic texture of wood is your bliss, then you can’t afford to miss the Linwood Electric Fireplace. Embodying the beauty of dark wood in strong lines and beautiful texture, this electric fireplace with manel won’t eat up an extreme amount of space. The black metal bridges the difference between the beautiful wood and the living appearance of flame. At 65.5”W x 11”D x 50”H, there’s more than enough to create an attractive focal point for whatever room you choose. The design is deep enough to provide plenty of space for curios and accent art, so if you’re especially space-conscious, you won’t be losing a large portion. If you are a renter or temporary resident, because there’s no installation, you can easily take your fireplace with you. Your space is precious, and deserves the utmost in style, and the Linwood delivers on all counts.
Hughes Electric Fireplace & Colton Ventless Electric Fireplace
It’s not often that I’m so completely torn between two designs, but between the Hughes Electric Fireplace and the Colton Ventless Electric Fireplace, I can’t make up my mind as to which one I like more. Both designs feature the same solid lines, eye-catching bevels, and powerfully accentuating black surround, providing a clean, beautiful focal point for any contemporary home. These fireplaces can really, truly settle into any interior design environment and look fantastic while still offering practical service. Both the Hughes and the Colton feature a powerful 1400-watt heater that can comfortably pump out over 4700 BTUs in an hour, with remote-controller thermostat and timer options. As with all electric and ventless fireplaces, you don’t have to worry about ash, soot, or toxic emissions. Put them out of your mind, for they are no concern any longer.
So what’s the difference between these two pieces? Oh, this is the fun part. When I said that the Hughes and Colton fireplaces could fit into any environment, I wasn’t joking. The Colton comes in both rich, earthy dark walnut wood veneer finish and a clean, clear white for those that want the stand-out contrast, while the Hughes offers the same beautiful design in a stony, subtly weathered antique grey and a lively, bright vintage black maple. The Colton is slightly larger and heavier at 48.25"L x 11.125" W x 40"H and 107 lbs., while the Hughes slightly space conscious but no less impressive 42"L x 11" W x 35"H and 88 lbs. With enough space for photos and display items, you’re eschewing the complicated maintenance of a traditional fireplace for a beautifully simple electric, ventless fireplace with mantel.
Dimplex Contemporary Convertible II Fireplace
When I first saw the word ‘convertible’ in reference to a fireplace, I have to admit, I thought of an Autobot from one of the Transformers movies. Luckily, the Dimplex Contemporary Convertible II Fireplace is far more timeless than a singular pop culture reference, and provides a unique versatility that many electric fireplaces simply don’t have. The smart, clean lines can be set flush against the wall, or with the corner framework, tuck in neatly to an unused corner, and utilize the maximum space available without losing the comfort and convenience of a ventless electric fireplace. Now here’s where this fireplace really shines: the logs are carved from real wood and mounted with patented LED glow and ember technology, matched up with a controllable brightness and flame speed, making the firebox presentation extremely lifelike. With the same remote controlled thermometer controls and always-cool glass protective cover, you’re getting the same 100% efficient, particulate and emissions-free electric experience in a smaller, 40.18"W x 41.5"H x 13.25"D package with an impressively sized 26” firebox display. While it may be the most compact of the four designs on this list, it is easily the most versatile, especially if you’re concerned about space or plan on relocating it frequently.
- Candace Osmond