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5 Types of Fireplaces For Apartments and Homes Without Chimneys

Fireplaces For Apartments and Homes Without Chimneys

Have you been dreaming about a fireplace but your home doesn't have a chimney for it? Modern ventless fireplaces are a perfect solution if you want to have a fireplace in your house, apartment, or a condo without a chimney.

These vent-free fireplaces provide a convenient, low-cost alternative to traditional fireplaces. They are easier to install and easier to take care of.

If you are looking for a completely vent-free fireplace solution you have 5 options.

5 Types of Chimney-Free Fireplaces:

1. Electric Fireplaces

2. Water Vapor Fireplaces

3. Ethanol Fireplaces

4. Ventless Gas Fireplaces

5. Gel Fireplaces

Electric and water vapor fireplaces create a flame imitation while ethanol and gas fireplaces produce real flames.

The type of fireplace you choose will depend on your design preferences, the limitations of your space, and your budget.

Let's take a closer look at each type of ventless fireplaces.

1. Electric Fireplaces

Electric Fireplaces

Electric fireplaces are not "real" fireplaces in the sense that there is no actual fire. The flame imitation is created by energy-efficient LED lights. Most electric fireplaces come with a built-in electric heater providing not only the ambiance of the fireplace but also some supplemental heat.

Why choose electric:

  • no maintenance
  • heat can be turned off for summer use
  • easy installation
  • affordable to buy
  • safe for children and pets - stays cool to the touch

Learn more about electric fireplaces: Electric Fireplace Buying Guide

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2. Water Vapor Fireplaces

Water Vapor Fireplaces

Water vapor fireplaces create realistic 3-dimensional flame imitation without any actual fire. They use water to create a very fine mist that reflects the light and looks like a flame. These fireplaces run on electricity and tap water and are very efficient. Many homeowners and designers choose water vapor fireplaces for their projects because of their safety and how easy they are to customize.

Why choose water vapor:

  • the most realistic 3-D flame imitation
  • many installation and customization options  
  • possible to create a fireplace of any length
  • safe for children and pets - stays cool to the touch

Learn more about water vapor fireplaces: Water Vapor Fireplace Buying Guide

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3. Ethanol Fireplaces

Ethanol Fireplaces

Ethanol fireplaces are vent-free fireplaces with real flames. The flame is created through burning clean alcohol-based fuel. The fuel is sold separately and comes in liquid form. The operation is simple: pour fuel into the burner and light it up with a long lighter. They can be installed anywhere and come in many different shapes and sizes.

Why choose ethanol:

  • real flame without any smoke or smell
  • can be installed in places impossible for other fireplaces
  • many installation and customization options
  • free standing models available

Learn more about ethanol fireplaces: Ethanol Fireplace Buying Guide

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4. Ventless Gas Fireplaces

Ventless Gas Fireplaces

Ventless gas fireplaces are a sub-category of gas fireplaces. They run on natural gas or liquid propane. Ventless gas fireplaces are designed to operate without a chimney or vent. Ventless design is achieved by reducing the number of emissions by burning less gas. Ventless gas fireplaces are regulated on a state and city level. It recommended to install these fireplaces in larger, well-ventilated rooms and consult your local code before purchasing.

Why choose ventless gas:

  • real flame without any smoke or smell
  • consistent gas supply - no need to refuel
  • produce lots of heat - a great backup heat source

Shop Ventless Gas Fireplaces: Ventless Gas Fireplaces

5. Gel Fireplaces

Gel Fireplaces

Gel fireplaces are becoming less popular and the category itself is shrinking. Gel fireplaces are being replaced by ethanol fireplaces. However, there are still some models available, so let's talk about how they work.

Gel fireplaces are similar to ethanol fireplaces. They also produce real flame and run on alcohol-based fuel. The difference is that this fuel is in gel form and is sold in cans. Most Gel Fireplaces can be used indoors or outdoors. Some of them even double as lanternsplanters, or wine bottle holders!

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2 Responses

Merlyn Sheng
Merlyn Sheng

October 02, 2020

Great Content.I have read your blog and found it very useful. Thank you for sharing this informative content.

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Kyle
Kyle

December 10, 2016

Thank you for this article! It helped me understand what my fireplace options are far for my new house without a chimney.

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