New and Modern Entertainment Centers with Electric Fireplaces
If you don't already have a fireplace in your home, you may think you'll never have one. After all, the average cost of installation of a traditional wood-burning fireplace is about $2,000 – that's if you already have a gas line installed. You could spend up to $6,000 getting the gas line, ventilation, wiring, and actual fireplace all set up.
Even if you can afford that sort of home improvement, there's space that you need to consider. If you're living in tight quarters, a fireplace may not be a feasible consideration for you. There are alternatives, though, so you can have the cozy hearth you've always wanted without having to break the bank or give up precious space.
An electric fireplace TV stand is a good solution for those on a budget – both with money and space. These fireplace alternatives mimic real flames using clever tech tricks, such as LED lights, mylar, and mirrors. You get the soothing, cozy effect without having to worry about chopping firewood, or figuring out how to open a flue.
A Grand Choice
If you have room for a large entertainment center, then you have room for an electric fireplace. The Eliot Grand Entertainment Center with Electric Fireplace is a large unit that's wider than it is tall. It includes a 40-inch firebox, so it's clearly the focal point of this entertainment center.
It measures just more than 81 inches long, and stands at 34.25 inches high. This is a heavy, sturdy piece, so you can place it on a carpeted surface without worry. The center itself includes six shelves for consoles, video games, and other media.
The best part is that it isn't just for show. This fireplace puts out 5,100 BTUs of heat from its infrared heater. If you happen to live in a warm climate, you don't have to worry about overheating – this fireplace includes a programmable thermostat, so you can fire up the flames, but not the heat. It also comes with a remote control, so you can shut it off that way, or set up a time shut off.
Clean and Simple
Smaller rooms don't need giant fireplaces, so you may want to consider the Cabrini Media Electric Fireplace. The firebox is only 23 inches wide and 20 inches high, so it's just the right size for a small space. It's ideal for heating a 400 square-foot room.
This electric fireplace media center has plenty of room for DVD or game storage in its four shelves. The storage area is tucked away behind frosted glass cabinet doors to keep everything neat and organized. You can turn the fireplace on without heat any time to simply enjoy the flickering light of the almost-real flames whether it's 75 or 100 degrees Fahrenheit out.
The clean lines and bright white color works well with many different home décor styles. Although it's a smaller entertainment center, it can hold a flat screen TV up to 58 inches. This center includes a remote control, so you can easily turn the fireplace on or off anytime. And the thermostat keeps the heat going when it's cold and shuts off when it reaches your ideal temperature.
Big and Bold
One of the largest options is the Tracey Grand Entertainment Center with Electric Fireplace. Be sure you have a large enough space to accommodate the nearly 84-inch long piece. With a large media center like this, you also get a large firebox – it's 40 inches long, so it may even compete with your TV for your attention.
The 1,500-Watt infrared heater keeps things warm in the winter, but the LED-lit flames work independently of the heater, so you can enjoy it all year long. A remote control lets you set the thermostat and the timer to switch the unit on or off. An added benefit to the seemingly real flickering flames is that you can control the brightness – turn it all the way up to focus on the mesmerizing flames, or turn it way down for romantic ambiance.
Compact and Modern
Apartment dwellers or those who are living in extremely small living quarters may not think they can use an entertainment center with fireplace. Enter the Dimplex Jasper Media Console. This unit won't offer much by way of storage, but it can hold your TV, and warm your home with its ceramic heating system.
The small electric firebox – it's about 25 inches – can resemble a log-burning stove or a gas fireplace, depending on which firebox you choose. You can easily control the heat or the ambient LED flames using the remote control. And it warms up a room efficiently using a fan to circulate the warmth out and throughout the room.
This electric fireplace includes a technologically-advanced system called gWave, which lets you turn the fireplace on or off with the wave of your hand. It's like knowing a Jedi mind trick.
Cozy, but Spacious
When you need room for media consoles, video games, and DVDs, you may not want to compromise by giving up a section for a fireplace. The Claremont Convertible Media Electric Fireplace solves that problem by offering plenty of room for consoles on its open-air shelf, and enclosed storage space for your media.
In the center of this ivory entertainment center is a mock fireplace made up of LEDs and heat for a 400-square-foot space. You can place this against a wall, but it also works as a corner piece, which can save you space in a small room.
New and Modern
One of the sleekest designs for an electric fireplace media center is this black, low-profile unit. The Dimplex Desmond Electric Fireplace Media Console measures about 73 inches across and 36 inches high, but it has stubby, angled legs that give it a mid-century modern appeal. The fan-forced heater can keep a large living room cozy and comfortable.
The 50-inch firebox has a glass ember bed, which gives the whole unit a decidedly modern look, and the entertainment center itself can easily accommodate a 70-inch TV. There's a bit of space on one side for media storage and room for consoles above the firebox.
An electric fireplace offers supplemental heating, which allows you to turn off your central heating more often, which can save you money. It also offers year-round ambiance and modern, clean statement pieces for your home. You don't have to fork over $6,000 for a wood-burning fireplace, and you never have to worry about soot, actual flames, smoke, or ashes.
UL/ULC Listed Ethanol Fireplaces
Fireplaces are an extremely versatile home décor element that demands attention while offering more than just visual impact. You can be relaxing solo with a good book, cuddling up with that special someone, or swapping stories and presents with friends and family on a cold winter night. Now, leave the living room and see the adaptability of a fireplace to other locations in your home. Take a freestanding fireplace to your dining table for an extra flair of style or outside onto your balcony or porch to stave off the chill of the evening. Go even further and install a space convenient recessed fireplace into your office for style or comforting white noise while you work.
Now do all that without having to worry about chimneys, dangerous fumes, or ashes. Get the cozy ambiance of a fireplace without the difficulty of completely remodeling your rooms or office. A ventless ethanol fireplace is a perfect fit for someone looking to add that extra bit of classy comfort to their home without the pain. Not only is it easy to install and maintain, but each of the following bioethanol fireplace fuel options is listed UL/ULC. UL and ULC safety standards are set in place by both United States and Canadian safety organizations, ensuring that safety is each item’s top priority, and you can be assured that convenience and style need no sacrifice.
Pretty as a Picture: Antalia Recessed Ventless Ethanol Fireplace
The Antalia Recessed is an unobtrusive wall mounted bioethanol fireplace that takes all the elements that make contemporary décor beautiful and fits them together in one pretty package. A square black tempered glass and silver accent frame the recessed fireplace compartment, which can be mounted on the wall with a little modification or directly on the wall. A clear glass guard adds a touch of sparkle to the piece, giving this design enough character to stand tall next to your other wall art. Match it to other frames for a seamless look, or accentuate it boldly for standout style. Whatever you choose, the Antalia will fit with almost any pre-existing décor. This particular piece offers a burn time of four to five hours on a 1.3 liter tank, without any need for a chimney, gas or electric lines, or ash clean-up.
Fashionable Freedom: Mecca Freestanding Ventless Ethanol Fireplace
Place this piece on your table, on the floor, wherever you most want a clean, safe way to evoke a comfortable environment without feeling constrained by installation elements. The Mecca Freestanding boasts an elegant, standout design that is bold enough to stand out and spark conversation with visitors while serving both solo and couple’s needs for versatility. Chase away the chill of night or city breezes under the stars out on the porch or balcony, or curl up with your favorite cup of hot chocolate in the living room while falling leaves or snow drift through the air. You can create the perfect environment with just one safe, easy choice. The Mecca offers a pleasant four hours on a single 1.3 liter tank, and is built from a powder coated steel exterior and a 304 stainless steel interior.
Crystal Clear: Ignacia Ethanol Biofuel UL/ULC Listed Fireplace
With the Ignacia Fireplace, you get no frames, no constraints, just pure, clear freedom in brushed 304 stainless steel and glass. The Ignacia is a bioethanol table fireplace with a sleek, contemporary design that compliments any similarly designed home. The glass and metal construction unlimits its own potential for maximum visual impact, while still maintaining a versatile package. The freestanding style of the Ignacia lends itself to tabletop use, but it can serve most any need. The non-toxic, clean-burning biofuel is truly eco-friendly with a modest four to five hours burn time per 32 ounces, requiring no excessive installations or clean-up that come with a traditional fire pit table. If you’re looking for an outdoor piece that you can easily transport when needed or a multi-use fireplace accent that can be used on any table, the Ignacia may be the perfect fit for you.
A Touch of Spirit: Tokio Recessed Ventless Ethanol Fireplace
Let’s talk emphasis. Sometimes, subtle is just too little. A fireplace can be the centerpiece of your room, even in condo living where space is a premium. When you’re looking for something functional, safe, but with that extra pow that really gets peoples’ attention, the Tokio Recessed might just be exactly what you need. A great looking piece, the Tokio lends itself to wherever emphatic style is required, home or office. Make that big impression while still maintaining safety and functionality. Speaking of, the Tokio looks good, but can it stand up to your demands? With a solid four to five hour burn time on a single 1.3 liter tank, you can warm the chills away all evening long as you relax before bed, or pop it on for a quick, fiery visual impact for visitors. Plus, it is UL/ULC approved, giving you peace of mind in case that relaxing book turns into a rejuvenating nap.
No Shadows in this Box: Hayden Ethanol Biofuel UL/ULC Listed Fireplace
If you’re looking for a fireplace that’s more statement than subtle but still manages to balance the two, the Hayden Fireplace sets just the right amount of style, popping out from the wall as if a shadowbox art piece. By using bio-ethanol fireplace fuel and UL/ULC safety measures, you don’t have to worry about fumes or damage from use. Your only concern will be where you want to install it. Its smart, unique design sets it apart from the others as it is made to be three-dimensional, intended to stand out among the rest. Plus, since it is not recessed, there is absolutely no impact to your home’s vital structure. The stainless steel and included wall mount materials make sure that this piece will not budge from where you place it.
Vibrant and Unique Tabletop Fireplaces
Whether indoors or out, a tabletop fireplace is something which can truly impress guests. If your goal isn’t to impress, it can also simply serve as a relaxing piece of art; something you can sit and enjoy at the end of the day with a glass of wine and a good book.
There are any number of excellent reasons to consider a tabletop fireplace. With the ease in which they can be set up, and the many different styles they come in, there isn’t much reason to not think about adding one to your home or office.
Here are a few different options you might want to mull over.
Chatsworth Tabletop Gel Fuel Fireplace
The Chatsworth Tabletop Gel Fuel Fireplace sits on your table like a work of art. Looking like a large flower from a metal jungle, the fireplace comes to life when lit. With its aluminum body, the fireplace won’t suffer from any rusting, pitting or corrosion, even if left outside. The fireplace uses gel fuel canisters as its fuel source, which burn cleanly and need no ventilation. Since it comes in both gold and silver, choosing the right version for your decor shouldn’t be a major issue. If you want to bring a little elegance to your home, get more information about this piece here.
Heathcote Tabletop Gel Fuel Fireplace
Another in the Botanical Series collection from Anywhere Fireplace, the Heathcote Tabletop Gel Fuel Fireplace shares much with its sister piece. The petals of this flower turn up, as though they are drawn to the central flame. As with the Chatsworth, the Heathcote uses a gel fuel which burns clean, keeping you and your family safe from the gasses and soot which come from some other fuel sources. It also features an aluminum body, allowing it to be used both indoors and out. At 14 inches in both width and depth, this piece will be able to fit on a coffee or end table without taking up too much room. For more on this piece, click here.
Mika Bio Ethanol Tabletop Fireplace
Like something out of a fantasy or science fiction movie, the Mika Bio Ethanol Tabletop Fireplace is sure to bring some elegance and mystery to your home. In a shadowy black or vivid white ceramic, this tabletop fireplace will match a modern decor with class and style. As the eco-friendly bio ethanol burns within, the flames are reflected off the glossy surface of the piece, helping to illuminate the room and casting light all around. With its small size and the fact it weighs in at only five pounds, the Mika Bio Ethanol Tabletop Fireplace is perfect to use for an extra special candlelit dinner or drinks with guests. If you want to bring an air of mystery to your life, learn more here.
Nu-Flame Doppio Rouge Tabletop Fireplace
If you want to make a statement, go red. The Nu-Flame Doppio Rouge Tabletop Fireplace does that, and it does it well. With a 10-inch diameter, this attention-grabbing fireplace can fit pretty much anywhere you want it. As the flames dance inside the tall glass cylinder, they reflect off the sides, the perfect match for the bright red base. Place it on your coffee table, your dinner table or even on the ground outside. At 14 pounds, it’s not too heavy to move on a regular basis, just make sure to do it while it’s cool! If the Nu-Flame Doppio Rouge Tabletop Fireplace has you seeing red, click here to learn more about it.
Lexington Table Top Indoor/Outdoor Biofuel Fireplace
When it comes to finding the right piece for your home, options are important. Not only is the Lexington Table Top Indoor/Outdoor Biofuel Fireplace incredibly striking, it comes in five different colors sure to match whatever you’ve got going on in your home or office. With its long, pointed oval shape and tall glass panels, this fireplace is something special to behold. It has a modern feel to it, but a literal warmth not often found in some modern designs. It’s a little on the wide side, coming in at 20 inches, but at only eight inches deep, it won’t take up a whole lot of table space. In white or beige, the fireplace exudes class. In black or red, it becomes bold and inviting. In green, the fireplace becomes playful, almost as though you’ve brought a campfire into your home. If options are your thing, see them all here.
Bio-Blaze Kaslik Freestanding Fireplace - Small
There’s something enchanting about a cube. It brings about thoughts of gifts or games of chance. Who knows what’s inside? With the Bio-Blaze Kaslik Freestanding Fireplace, you know what you’re getting: a warm flame, flickering for your delight. This fireplace is one of my absolute favorites for several reasons. While it features a highly modern, sophisticated design, it remains playful, not taking itself too seriously. Its features are also admirable. Composed of high quality stainless steel, this fireplace is made to last. It burns eco-friendly bio ethanol, which is odorless and leaves no ash or other residue. And, best of all, it has an adjustable flame, allowing you to set the mood exactly as you see fit. This piece comes in black, white, red and taupe. If cubism is something you’re into, or if you just like the way it looks, check out more here.
There are an incredible number of options out there for those looking to add a little light to their life without a lot of hassle. A tabletop fireplace can bring style, class, playfulness or whatever you might want, you just have to find the right one for you.
With the power of bio ethanol and gel fuels, you can place and move many of these fireplaces to suit your mood, making them well worth the investment. Whether you want to have a special dinner display or just stay warm while sitting on the back porch, a tabletop fireplace is a great way to go.
Which of these is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section!
How to Turn Your Wood Burning Fireplace into a Ventless Fireplace
If you’ve got a wood-burning fireplace in your home that you just don’t want to deal with anymore, you might want to 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!
First thing’s first, though. If you want to make this change, you’ll have to start be closing up that old fireplace.
Making the Conversion
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
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, 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.
The last, classiest and likely most customizable option is ethanol. Ethanol is very environmentally friendly as it is made from renewable resources and burns completely clean. It’s also fairly easy to refill, which is a plus when you’re trying to escape the trouble of a wood-burning fireplace. 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.
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.
There are so many options out there for a quality ventless fireplace experience. Finding the right one to match your style and home just takes a little bit of searching.
Is this a project you’ve done before? Which fireplace did you end up choosing? Tell us in the comments section!
The Flexibility of Adding a Ventless Fireplace to Any Room
If you ask a variety of people about what the best part of their homes are, of course their answers will differ. It will depend on the size of their house, which rooms they use the most often, and what memories were created there. However, if you ask people what makes their home feel the coziest, you will probably hear a lot of the same answer; the fireplace. Fireplaces are warm and inviting; intricate parts of the house. They are an extra source of heat, and families enjoy gathering around while being in each other’s’ company. Ventless fireplaces in particular are fairly ideal for most homes. They come with a variety of additional benefits for homeowners to enjoy.
As per their name, ventless fireplaces do not require ventilation in order to operate. They do not need to be connected to a chimney or ventilation system of any type. These fireplaces do emit a certain amount of carbon monoxide, but they also come equipped with sensors. These sensors notice immediately when the level of monoxide is too high, and they will stop the flames right away. As well, ventless fireplaces have sensors to detect when the level of oxygen in the room has grown to such a low level that it is dangerous. If you are still worried, there are precautions that you can take just in case. They could have the fireplace set to be on for only a certain amount of time. Then, it can shut off automatically, which saves you the worry that you might forget and leave it on. As well, you can leave the door open in the room with the fireplace. If you have a fresh flow of oxygen constantly coming into the room, the fireplace will not deplete your supply.
Ventless fireplaces do not leave you with a huge amount of work. They are fairly simple to install, seeing as they do not need to be connected to pipes or venting systems. The safety units and sensors are built into the unit, so you do not need to add those to the fireplace. Seeing as ventless fireplaces do not produce real flames, they also do not emit soot or ashes. You will not need to clean out the ashes with a dustpan and broom any longer. In addition, the safety concern related to lit embers falling from the fireplace will also be eliminated. The front of the glass may need to be cleaned occasionally. You should consult the instruction manual that comes with your specific unit on proper cleaning materials. Each fireplace is different, and therefore will have a unique method of proper cleaning.
Heating the home
A ventless fireplace is essentially a larger form of a space heater. They give off a large amount of heat, and can efficiently warm the room that they are in. The size of the fireplace will depend on how much heat is being given off. Larger fireplaces will be able to warm more amounts of space. Similarly, smaller units only have the capacity to warm a contained amount of space. However, ventless fireplaces should only be used as supplemental heating sources for a home. They do not emit enough heat to keep the entire house and its occupants completely warm. Most people tend to combine ventless fireplaces with a furnace, or a different kind of heating system. They will balance the cost in a variety of ways. For instance, they might have the furnace turned up only in the evenings and nights, when people are home. Or they could have the ventless fireplace on a particular setting so that it only comes on in the night, when the temperature outside is the lowest. You can try different methods, and come to an ideal conclusion for you specifically.
What does this mean in terms of their flexibility?
Ventless fireplaces can essentially be placed in any room in the house. They do not need to be in contact with pipes or chimneys, so they can be setup wherever you would like them to be. For instance, if you want a fireplace in your bedroom, you can have one! All you have to do is bring it home and follow the instructions for installation.
The fact that ventless fireplaces do not make a mess also contributes to their flexibility. If you have carpet on your bedroom floor, it would be harder to clean with a traditional fireplace. It is not likely that you would want to scoop up ashes from a carpet when the fireplace gets a bit messy. Ventless fireplace provide a clean option that doesn’t make a mess!
As well, if ventless fireplaces were considered a primary heat source, they could not be placed wherever you want them to be. If they were, then they would need to be placed in the center of the house, typically where the family would spend the most time. Luckily, ventless fireplaces do not have the job of heating the whole house. This means that you could place them upstairs in a bedroom, or in the library, or even in the washroom if you like! They are a bonus heat source, and therefore can be placed in whichever room you believe would benefit from the addition of a fireplace.
It is safe to say that ventless fireplaces are much more flexible than their traditional counterparts. They do not have setup restrictions, require a lot of cleaning, or have the job of heating the entire home. They are better to work with if you are solely focused on the appearance of the house. This is because you can place them somewhere simply because they look nice, not because they have a specific job to accomplish. Ventless fireplaces are gorgeous to look at, and you can show them off to friends and neighbors who come visiting. The fact that they also warm you up is just a bonus!
What’s the Deal with Gel Fireplaces?
Throughout the years, many trends have come and gone again. One recent trend that seems to have remained popular is the gel fireplace. Many people have used a gel fireplace, however, others still have not even heard of what they are. For those others, it is useful to have a general overview of the concept, just in case you come in contact with them soon.
Gel fireplaces operate by using a special type of gel as their fuel source. The fire that is produced is not real, so it is considered a ‘faux fireplace’. This means that the fireplace does not require any ventilation, and does not need to be hooked up to a chimney. There are ceramic logs in the fireplace so that it gives the appearance of the traditional stove model. The gel comes in cans, and three of them can be burned at once.
Are gel fireplaces easy to work with?
If you have just purchased a gel fireplace, you will, of course, need to know how to install it. Luckily, these fireplaces can be installed fairly easily. If you are having trouble following the directions, consult a professional before proceeding. The same goes for if you are trying to convert your existing fireplace to a gel model. It can be done, but should not be attempted by yourself if you are unsure.
How much heat is produced?
A gel fireplace will not be producing as much heat as a traditional stove would have. The amount of space that it heats is ideal for small to mid-sized homes. Every can of fuel that you add to the fireplace will last for 2 – 3 hours. If the fire starts to go out, you simply add another can.
Gel fireplaces are typically considered to be very safe. Seeing as they are not producing real flames, there is a reduced chance of being burned. The outside of the fireplace will not be hot to the touch unless you get too close to the heat vent. As well, this fireplace will not be giving off any toxic fumes, or ashes. You do not need to worry about your house filling with smoke or gasses that will make you ill.
Even though gel fireplaces are a fairly new invention, they seem to be holding up quite well in the market. People are attracted to the clean and environmentally-friendly way that they operate. As well, the fact that they are easy to install and use is an added bonus. People do not have to deal with ventilation and chimneys when they purchase their gel fireplace. Overall, they may be a good heat source.