Traditional and Classic Electric Fireplace Mantels
When traditional handcrafted wood designs and modern technology come together, the most beautiful fireplaces are created. So easy to use and without the drudgery of caring for wood, tinder, lighter fluid, and soot removal, you can’t afford to miss out on the simple ease of an electric fireplace and surround. Many alternate fireplace designs are built to match a contemporary or modern decor, making it appear as if the traditional or classic mantel designs have gone the way of the past, but this is simply not the case. Some of the most realistic electric fireplaces have been developed in recent years, taking advantage of leaps in home decor tech to augment the experience of warmth, relaxation, and coziness when the time is right. These full-sized alternatives to the traditional fireplace bring a sense of timeless style to a room that a contemporary-styled bioethanol table fireplace or wall-mounted fireplace does not.
Traditional and transitional style homes are the perfect setting for this hand-carved pillar and medallion design in Salem Antique Oak finish. The rich color and Victorian-esque design evoke a pleasant and comforting atmosphere, with realistic flames and glowing embers that flicker through a long-lasting LED presentation. Not only does this fireplace respond at the press of a remote button, but you can adjust and set the temperature that the thermometer puts out, as well as set a timer in case you’re looking for a cozy way to fall asleep. When it’s just too hot, you can turn the heat completely off, allowing you to enjoy the flickering flames without risking a stuffy, dry atmosphere. The glass remains cool to the touch and the entire device plugs into a standard outlet for ease of installation and enjoyment. By eliminating wood and fossil fuels from the equation, you’re looking at a traditionally style fireplace that has zero risk of dangerous emissions or pollutants.
Elegantly classic in execution, the Verona Electric Fireplace provides a service that its gel fuel counterpart does not: simple, easy illumination and warmth at the push of a button. Featuring a 1400 watt heater, this beautiful electric fireplace brings a comfortable heat to your living space that is rated for 4700+ BTUs per hour. The mantelpiece is perfect for displaying art and curios, allowing you to give your room a lived-in, cozy feeling. Available in both rich Chestnut Oak or striking classic White, you’ll be sure to fall in love with the ease and design that the Verona offers. Solidly built with dimensions of 48"L x 14.5" W x 39.9"H, the Verona is also a full-sized replacement for a traditional fireplace, so you are getting an appropriately sized alternative, rather than a miniaturized version.
While wood is a rich addition to any hole, the faux marble veneer of the Maxwell Electric Fireplace is a strikingly beautiful alternative that just exudes high-class style and classic ambiance. Also available in Chestnut Oak and Dark Mahogany, the Maxwell is a vintage styled mantelpiece and fireplace that expresses a unique, three-step distressing technique to further enrich the timeless appearance. With an hourly 4700 BTU output and 1400-watt heater, the slim series firebox gives you both warmth and flickering ambiance to sooth away stress and comfort exhausted minds. This electric fireplace is a full sized feature at 47.6"L x 9.5" W x 40"H and 99 pounds, with a fully functional mantelpiece for picture frames and decoration.
So far we’ve explore the pure timeless appearance of rich wood fireplaces and touched on the classic appeal of white marble, but if you’re a fan of fireplaces as I am, you will know that there’s nothing like the rough, rustic appearance of wood and stone to make a beautiful impression. The Belleview Simulated Stone Media Center Electric Fireplace is unique in that it offers a secondary shelf under the mantelpiece itself with an opening for wires, so if you wish to mount a television on the wall overhead, you don’t have to bother with running cables hither and thither. Even better, the media shelf features a cover, so you can hide away all that little tech. A remote offers multiple levels of control over not only the appearance of the flames and logs, but also the heat itself, allowing you to enjoy the flickering ambiance without the warmth if you so desire. Sitting at a bold 45.5" W x 14.5" D x 40.5" H and weighing about 91 pounds, the topmost mantel can support up to 85 pounds and the media shelf can hold 30 pounds. The Maxwell is built just as solid as it looks, and fashionable with faux black river stone against the beautiful sienna finish.
Rustic style fireplaces have a gorgeous appeal, promising hard-earned comfort and relaxation after a long day of constant on-your-feet stress and adventure. Featuring a handsome whiskey maple wood finish with Durango faux stone in an extra-wide design that fills a room, serving as an excellent centerpiece around which friends and family can gather. A 33 inch widescreen firebox projects energy-efficient LED lit flames and embers, adjustable through five different levels, while the heat itself can be turned off at will as well. The thermostat and timer work together to ensure that you don’t get overhot, and an automatic shut off will prevent the fireplace from going too long when the proper temperature is met. The remote features a child lock as well. The Canyon Heights fireplace’s dimensions sit at a broad, comfortable 60" W x 15.5" D x 35.5" H and weighs 84 pounds, while the mantel itself is rated to support a total of 85 pounds, making this shorter, wider fireplace an excellent option for displaying art and curios. Relax with the realistic flames and softly burning embers all year round, at will, without having to fight with wood, smoke, soot, and ash.
Sleek All-Black Ethanol Wall Fireplaces
Whether you’re looking for something bold to stand out against a white or similar backdrop or a subtle touch of fire to blend into a darker environment, the ventless design of a wall mounted bioethanol fires ensures that you have the versatility in placement and utility wherever you desire. No matter what the media or fashionistas claim, black is always the new black. It’s a beautiful color that fits right in with any color palette. Sure, it shows dust a little more than other colors, but that’s easily fixed with a couple swipes of a lint-free cloth and more than worth the benefits you’ll be getting from the ventless design and ease of use. The sleek designs of all-black fireplaces are in high demand, and you’ll want to get an idea of what the market has to offer before you make your decision. What good is a choice if not well-informed? So let’s take a look and see what might appeal the most.
Now, I can sing the praises of ventless bio ethanol wall fireplaces all day, but there are just a few quick and easy details you’ll want to be aware of before considering. Ethanol fireplaces produce no smoke, only minute traces of CO2 and water vapor. There are no toxic gasses requiring a chimney, and no meaningful soot outside of a small amount that gathers on the back panel after a month or more of steady use. You don’t have to haul in wood, fight with tinder and matches, nor do you have to shovel ashes out at the end of the day before they turn acidic. All you need is a funnel, fuel, a rag to wipe up spills before you light it, and a lighter with which to start the flames. It really is just that simple, safe, and manageable. All right, enough singing.
Of all the fireplaces on this list, the Wynn is easily my favorite and you’ll soon see why. The full steel construction and matte black finish house a simply beautiful design, without excess or flounce, providing four to six hours of burn time on a 1.42 liter tank with adjustable burner. This puts out a modest 6500 BTU, which is more than enough to chase off the chill from a good sized room. The Wynn can be wall-mounted or, if you’re looking for something a little more permanent, can be built into your chosen wall, further integrating it into your chosen environment. The tempered glass panel provides safety against wandering hands, and the Eco-Feu patent pending Automatic Convection System and Shutter Mechanism work hard to make sure you’re getting the most out of your fireplace system. At a modest 35 7/8 inches' wide by 31 15/16 inches tall x 8 1/8 inches deep, the Wynn weighs a svelte 65 pounds and its 11 1/4th inch burner opening provides up to 9 inches of flame.
The Wellington design is a solid, attractive fireplace with strong edges and bold lines that cradle up to 9 inch flames in a beautiful frame as if a painting has come to life. Similar to the Wynn, the Wellington takes a more cubic approach to the same matte black elegance, though they share the full steel construction, 304 stainless steel burner, and tempered safety glass. It can also be wall-mounted or built in, with the same level of ease. Matching in BTUs and fuel tank size, the Wellington takes what the Wynn started and makes it a solid, sturdy, beautiful piece of living wall art, in solid black with dancing flames that are only more expressive against the dark background. Weighing about 55 pounds and measuring in at 33 1/2 inches wide by 22 7/8 inches tall and 8 7/8 inches deep, the Wellington is a perfect fit for whatever room you wish to bring in a striking, functional piece of art.
When it comes to filling a larger space with heat and doing so in picture-perfect style, the Bio Blaze Square Large 2 Bio-Ethanol Fireplace really does all the work for you. Bio Blaze recently unveiled their new ability to offer this best seller in whatever color is available on their palette, meaning that this formerly restricted design now comes in a sleek, sexy black frame. Featuring two burners and optional safety glass, the Bio Blaze Square Large 2 can put out a whopping 12,283 BTUs of solid warmth for a steady three hours on its two-quart tank. The burners are adjustable so you aren’t wasting unnecessary fuel and can enjoy your flickering flames for longer. Everything you need is already included, and there’s no installation necessary, outside of setting up the mounting bracket for the 39 inch tall by 21 1/2 inch high and 8 inch deep, 92 pound feature. Easy peasy done, and your room looks infinitely more fantastic for it.
The old adage “go big or go home” is great when you’re living in your own home, but what if you want that sleek black fireplace in an apartment or smaller space? You don’t want to fill an entire wall with something too large or clunky, it’s best to find what fits your needs and desires. For that reason, the Bio Blaze Diamond 1 packs all the sassy curves of the Wynn into a smaller, sexier (if you can believe it) package that fits a demure 31.5" wide by 24.4" high and 7.5" deep and 49 pounds. Three small round burners provide about three hours of warmth before requiring a refill, and the wall mount is simple and easy to relocate whenever you desire. The Diamond 1 is hands down the simplest and most enjoyable way to bring chic contemporary design into a small living space without having to do invasive construction and modifications to your home.
I have to admit, the first time I saw the Chelsea, I thought about the Jetsons and how retro chic the design appeared. It’s a different kind of approach to the sophisticated curves that the Diamond 1 and the Wynn express, and provides a unique kind of flair that threatens to increase the level of enjoyment in your home. The tempered glass prevents accidental burns while it provides five hours per 1.5 liters of fuel, filling your space with a comfortable 8400 BTUs of heat. In black, the Chelsea is the perfect subtle accent to catch and hold your visitors’ attention while providing practical comfort and relaxation.
- Candace Osmond
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!