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.
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!
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.
How to Be Prepared for Winter Black-Outs
Depending on where you live, winter can be a long and arduous time of year. The temperature drops, the road freezes over, and people get sick. This is the time when you should be prepared for all eventualities. You have no way of knowing whether something will happen when you least expect it. This is why you should have the following list of items in your home to be ready for a possible black-out this winter.
Ventless fireplaces can be fueled by natural gas. This means that they have no need for electricity. The latest models of these fireplaces come with an automatic ignition. When the power goes out, you will still have the ability to operate the fireplace. You will be kept toasty warm throughout the power outage.
If you have medicine that normally is kept in the fridge, it will not remain cold forever. The power to the fridge will be cut off, and eventually everything inside will go bad. This is especially the case if the fridge is continually opened. Try keeping a small cooler in an accessible place. This will keep the important medicine cold for a longer period of time.
Alternative light sources
The darkness can be a frightening thing. Prepare for a winter black-out by having some extra light sources handy. Flashlights and lanterns are a safe bet. They require batteries and oil to light up the darkness, so make sure you keep a supply of those as well. Candles can work in a pinch, they provide a smaller beam of light.
Stock up on water
If you know in advance that a winter storm is coming, it is a good idea to have clean water available. Many people will fill up their bathtubs with water so that they have a large supply. This water should be used for hygiene purposes. Have a separate supply of water on hand for drinking.
Check the insulation
If you do not have proper insulation in your home, you will not be happy during winter black-outs. If you can, check to see that the work was done properly and efficiently. Having to redo insulation can be a huge pain. However, it will be worth it in the long run when you and your family are safe and warm during winter black-outs.
Winter black-outs do not have to be scary. By making a few key preparations beforehand, you can get through the storm in comfort. If you know that a storm is coming, it is easier to make preparations. However, you should always have some supplies in place in just case you are caught unawares.