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.
The Differences Between Gel and Ethanol Fireplaces
With all the different products available in the world, in some ways, it is easier to find exactly what you like. You have so many options to choose from, with all types of unique features. However, the wide variety of options can also cause issues. Sometimes, it is difficult to determine which type is best for you. This is the case with fireplaces. The difference between ethanol and gel fireplaces, for example, could definitely be elaborated on. We will be doing so in this article.
Gel and ethanol fireplaces are actually quite similar. People enjoy using these types of fireplaces because they are conscious about the environment. They are both typically made of stainless steel, where a flame burns within. Both types are fueled by a renewable source of energy. As well, neither type of fireplace will result in a toxic by-product. No soot or ashes will be produced when you use either type of fireplace. Each fireplace gives off a similar amount of heat, which is sufficient to warm the surrounding area.
Ethanol fireplaces are fueled by bioethanol, while gel models use a gel fuel source. These fuel sources are different materials, which makes a big difference. A bioethanol fireplace has only one burner, which makes it more flexible to work with. Another difference is that gel tends to burn for only 3 hours, while ethanol burns for 5-8 hours. This means that you will need to use more gel to produce the same effect as if you were using ethanol.
When do you use what type?
Typically, bioethanol will be burned regularly inside. People can buy an ethanol fireplace, set it up inside their homes, and operate it normally. In regards to gel, this fuel tends to be more flammable than ethanol. This is why gel fireplaces are more often used outdoors. If the fire was ever to get out of control, it is safer to be outside than inside. The gel is left in the can that it comes in, and put into the fire. This is how the flames are fed.
These fireplaces are quite similar at first glance. They both provide heat without polluting the environment and atmosphere. The major difference is how they are fueled. Gel is different than ethanol, although both make suitable sources of fuel. As a homeowner, you will need to decide which method will suit your needs in the best way. Then you can proceed with installing the fireplace. The main determining factor is whether you want to operate your fire inside or outside. Bioethanol tends to be burned inside more often, while gel will be used outside.
Using Electric Fireplaces in Kids’ Rooms
As a parent, it is important to be aware of your child’s needs at all times. You plan for when they are hungry, when they need to be bathed, and when they need a bit of extra warmth. Often, bedrooms in houses tend to be poorly insulated. This means that a child will spend half the night shivering. You can prevent this by thinking of alternatives to keep your child warm. Installing an electric fireplace in their bedroom is one option that you could do.
Is it safe?
Of course the first thing that will come to mind is the thought of the child’s safety. With traditional stoves, the major worry is getting burned. The flame on an electric fireplace does not get hot. These flames are simply a projection, and they are in no way real. If you child happens to touch the glass, they will not get burned. The part of the fireplace that is near the heating unit will blow warm air out. Teach your child to stay away from that area, but it is not a big deal if they forget. They will simply have warm air blown at them, similar to a hairdryer.
Will it be warm enough?
If the flames are not real, will the fireplace provide enough heat to warm the child sufficiently? Seeing as it is only one room that you are trying to heat, yes they will do the trick. The amount of heat an electric fireplace will give off depends entirely on which model you choose. Typically, a fireplace is meant to heat an entire level of a home, or at least multiple rooms. If you are only aiming at keeping your child’s room warm, an electric fireplace of any size should get the job done.
Should I let my child operate the fireplace?
This depends on the maturity level of your child. If you can trust them not to play with it, you could likely let them control the temperature. However, if your child is a known prankster, or is under the age of about 10, you should keep the controls away from them. Before going to bed, you can turn the fireplace to a low setting, so that it will not get too warm during the night. The child should be comfortable throughout the night, and not feel the need to play with the temperature.
An electric fireplace can definitely be considered as a heat source for your child’s bedroom. It is quite safe, and will keep your child cozy and warm. As well, you have the option of keeping the temperature at a fixed level, which is helpful overnight.