Picking out a fireplace
I've been obsessing over fireplaces lately. I know. Kind of a strange thing to obsess over. But hey, it's winter and I love staying warm. Basic math, right?
I'd like to install a fireplace into my existing home, so I've been looking at various options. From woodburning to gas or those that operate on ethanol. Well, there are so many choices. Here are a few I've been considering:
EcoSmart Zeta fireplace
Geo-Form has designed a fireplace fueled by ethanol and it features a stainless steel swivel base. The main body is carved up from a high frequency heated aluminum mold and wrapped in leather.
Arkaine wall-mountable fireplaces
The Icoi and Yan-Li are two wall-mountable offerings from Arkaine. The fireplaces have steel bodies and can hang on a wall. They're equipped with glass doors to open or close depending on the heat level desired. Dried wood can be used as fuel.
Eco friendly bioethanol fireplaces from Prestigious Fireplaces are portable and can be used anywhere.
Spark Fire Ribbon fireplace
Direct vent fireplaces are popular and this version from Spark has an architectural aspect for pleasing aesthetics. It's covered by a fixed ceramic glass window. The direct-vent draws outside air to reduce heat loss.
EcoSmart Igloo fireplace
The Igloo fireplace is completely freestanding and is rectangular with a hard glass frame. It's eyecatching, to say the least.
Schultedesign Fire Furniture fireplace
A coffee table fireplace? That's exactly what German furniture company Schulte has carved up. The Fire Furniture lines include fireplaces in various stainless steel and wood designs. Very cool. And handy, too.
Blomus smokeless fireplace
The Vidro, a fireplace designed by German designers Blomus, is fueled by smokeless ethanol. This model also comes in a smaller size suited to homes with less space.
Teena Hammond Teena Hammond has published more than 2,000 articles in People and W magazines, Women's Wear Daily, and in dozens of newspapers and books. She also wrote a home improvement, remodeling and decor column that ran in Gannett newspapers nationwide. She's interested in all things green and would love to hear from you with your story ideas.