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Best Vent-Free Fireplaces for 2018-2019 Season

Best Vent-Free Fireplaces for 2018-2019 Season

If you don’t have a chimney in your house but still would like to enjoy a cozy fireplace this winter, you need to get one of these modern ventless fireplaces. They are completely vent-free and can be easily installed almost anywhere without any special venting. There are several types of ventless fireplaces to choose from. Here is a list of the best vent-free fireplaces in each category:

1. Best Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace

Onyx fireplace by Touchstone is the best wall mounted electric fireplace because it is loved by our customers and provides the best value for the money. This linear electric fireplace can be simply hung on any wall, just like a picture, using mounting brackets that are included in the box. The Onyx fireplace has realistic flames, puts out great supplemental heat (that can also be turned down or OFF), is super-easy to install, and affordable. 

Onyx fireplace by Touchstone

Why we love it:

  • High-quality fireplace for the price
  • Has a proven track record with raving 5-star reviews
  • Comes from a reliable manufacturer
  • Available in multiple sizes
  • Has more realistic flames than most other wall mounted electric fireplaces
  • Heats space very nicely
  • Doesn’t look cheesy or cheap
  • Is easy to install
  • Comes with decorative logs and glass crystals so that you can use either one to easily change the style of the fireplace from traditional to contemporary
  • Includes a 1-year manufacturer warranty
  • Ships fast: most orders get delivered within 2-3 days

Cons:

  • Sticks out 5" from the wall but not noticeable from front view at all.
  • If mounting under a TV it needs at least 24" clearance from bottom of the TV 

2. Best Recessed Electric Fireplace with a Frame

The Sideline fireplace by Touchstone is the Best Recessed Electric Fireplace because it is an overall high-quality top-rated fireplace that is about 50% cheaper than similar recessed electric fireplaces from other brands. It recesses flush to the wall without any gaps between the frame and the wall surface, has a beautiful realistic flame pattern, can be mounted 12” below a flat-screen TV, and

The Sideline fireplace by Touchstone

Why we love it:

  • Great value: 50% cheaper than similar recessed electric fireplaces from other brands
  • Has a proven track record with raving 5-star reviews
  • Comes from a reliable manufacturer
  • Available in multiple sizes
  • Flames look real especially on the low to medium level
  • Can be installed 12 inches below a flat-screen TV
  • Puts out plenty of heat
  • Doesn’t look cheesy or cheap
  • Is easy to install
  • Comes with decorative logs and glass crystals so that you can use either one to easily change the style of the fireplace from traditional to contemporary
  • 1-year manufacturer warranty
  • Ships fast: most orders get delivered within 2-3 days

Cons:

3. Best Frameless Built-in Electric Fireplace

Landscape-2 built-in electric fireplace by Modern Flames is the Best Frameless Built-in Linear Electric Fireplace for two simple reasons: it looks real and works great. It is a perfect modern fireplace that is compatible with gas at half the price. Clean frameless design without any grills combined with realistic, natural flames and commercial grade motor set this fireplace apart from the competition.

Landscape-2 built-in electric fireplace by Modern Flames

Why we love it:

  • Realistic, natural flame, especially with glowing log set option
  • Has a proven track record with installations in popular hotels & restaurants around the world
  • Comes from a reliable manufacturer
  • Available in multiple sizes
  • Can be installed below a flat-screen TV, no minimal clearance
  • Puts out plenty of heat
  • Compatible to a gas fireplace at half the price
  • Commercial grade motor for 24/7 use
  • Simple operation
  • 2-year manufacturer warranty

Cons:

  • The standard version only comes with decorative coals, if you want logs or glass it costs slightly more and you will have to select that option when you place your order.
  • You have to spray paint the decorative coals.

4. Best Water Vapor Fireplace

Water Vapor Fireplaces are a fairly new category and Dimplex Opti-myst® Cassette is a clear leader and the Best Water Vapor Fireplace out there. Dimplex Opti-myst® cassette produces realistic 3D flames and reliably works which is why it is so popular among our customers. Plus it is very customizable. It can be installed as a traditional one-sided fireplace with custom surround or as a see-through, 3-sided, or even 360-degree fireplace. Dimplex Opti-myst® cassette is available in 20” and 40” length. If you need a vapor fireplace that is longer than 40”, several Dimplex Opti-myst® 1000 cassettes can be connected to create a beautiful linear fireplace that will be as long as you wish!

Dimplex Opti-myst® Cassette

Why we love it:

  • Reliable water vapor technology
  • Realistic 3D flame effect
  • Endless customization options
  • 2 size options: 20” and 40” long
  • Several installation options: traditional one-sided, see-through, 3-sided, 360-degree fireplace
  • Several units can be connected to create a longer linear fireplace
  • When connecting multiple cassettes use one remote to control all cassettes for simplicity
  • Includes flat plate that supports any accessories that don't block the vapor from coming out, like glass pieces, rocks, decorative logs etc.
  • Makes a crackling noise like a real wood fire 
  • 2-year manufacturer warranty

Cons:

5. Best Free Standing Ethanol Fireplace

Madison floor standing glass fireplace by Anywhere Fireplace is the Best Free Standing Ethanol Fireplace because of its elegant look that fits well into most decors and reliable safe design that provides real, beautiful, full flames without any smell, smoke or toxic emissions. This free standing ethanol fireplace creates real flames without any smell or smoke and can be placed literally anywhere.

Madison floor standing glass fireplace by Anywhere Fireplace

Why we love it:

  • Simple elegant design looks stunning in most decors
  • Creates beautiful full flames within just a few seconds of lighting up
  • Adjustable flame intensity
  • Does not smell at all
  • Easy to assemble - attach the fireplace base to glass wall panels and drop in the burner
  • Easy to operate - light up with a long lighter, adjust or extinguish flame by closing the burner opening with an included long handle
  • Gives off just the right amount of heat (6000 BTUs) so the room gets pretty warm
  • Can be used indoors and outdoors (not recommended to leave outdoors)
  • High-quality stainless steel and tempered glass construction and manual operation with only one moving part assures reliable service for years to come 
  • Comes with a funnel for fuel 
  • 1-year manufacturer warranty
  • This model has been around for over 8 years and has a proven track record

Cons:

6. Best Table Top Gel Fireplace

The best tabel top fireplace award is shared between two modern table top gel fireplaces by Anywhere Fireplace, Empire and Oasis. These table fires have the same functionality and only differ in shape. If you like an angled shape you will like the Empire fireplace, and if you are into smooth designs without any corners you will prefer the Oasis model.

Empire and Oasis are the best table top fireplaces because they have a clean simple design that fits in most decors, sturdy construction, can be used indoors and outdoors, and are affordable. They burn gel fuel that creates beautiful real flames that are 7” in height and even crackle like a real fire!

Anywhere Fireplace, Empire and Oasis

Why we love them:

  • Simple clean design looks great in most decors
  • You can change the look by changing what you put around the flame. Use the included rocks or add some glitter with fire glass
  • Gel fuel creates real 7” tall flames that even crackle
  • Can be used indoors and outdoors (not recommended to leave outdoors)
  • Does not smell at all
  • No assembly required - just insert the cup for the fuel in and lay around some rocks
  • Easy to operate - light up with a long lighter, adjust or extinguish the flame by closing the burner opening with an included handle snuffer
  • High-quality stainless steel construction and manual operation assures reliable service for years to come 
  • 1-year manufacturer warranty
  • This model has been around for over 8 years and has a proven track record 

Cons:

7. Best Table Top Ethanol Fireplace

Lexington by Anywhere Fireplace is the best table top ethanol fireplace because it is very stylish, has 7 color options to match any decor, is super easy to use, and is so impressive, you will want to buy several of them for every room! Sturdy stainless construction and high quality that has been tested for 8 years seal the deal.

Lexington by Anywhere Fireplace

Why we love it:

  • Elegant design with 7 color options to match any decor
  • Adds ambiance and even some heat with no smell or soot
  • Easy to assemble and fill with fuel
  • Can be used indoors and outdoors (not recommended to leave outdoors)
  • Does not smell at all
  • No assembly. No maintenance.
  • Easy to operate - light up with a long lighter, adjust or extinguish the flame by closing the burner opening with an included handle snuffer
  • High-quality stainless steel and tempered glass construction and manual operation ensures reliable service for years to come 
  • 1-year manufacturer warranty
  • This model has been around for over 8 years and has a proven track record 

Cons:

8. Best Wall Mounted Ethanol Fireplace

Anywhere Fireplace Chelsea wall mounted ethanol fireplace is the best fireplace with real flames that you can hang on basically any wall, indoors or outdoors. It is our favorite because it looks great in most decors, gives off the perfect amount of heat, and creates a gorgeous ambiance anywhere it is installed! With 3 popular color options, quick and easy installation, and 100% smell and smoke-free flames this fireplace will be a perfect addition to any room.

Anywhere Fireplace Chelsea wall mounted ethanol fireplace

Why we love it:

  • Elegant design with 3 popular color options looks good in most decors
  • Creates beautiful real flames and can be installed anywhere
  • Can be installed indoors or outdoors (under a roof)
  • Adjustable flame intensity
  • Does not smell at all
  • Easy to install - simply hang it on a wall like a TV
  • Mounting brackets and all the hardware is included
  • Easy to operate - light up with a long lighter, adjust or extinguish the flame by closing the burner opening with an included long handle
  • Gives off a lot of heat (6000 BTUs) so the room gets pretty warm
  • Can be used indoors and outdoors
  • High-quality stainless steel and tempered glass construction and manual operation with only one moving part assures reliable service for years to come 
  • Comes with a funnel for fuel 
  • 1-year manufacturer warranty
  • This model has been around for over 8 years and has a proven track record

Cons:

9. Best Built-in Ethanol Fireplace

Accalia built-in ethanol fireplace by Ignis is the best vent-free fireplace that can be recessed into a wall because it is very impressive, well made, and affordable. Accalia fireplace makes a perfect centerpiece in a large living room and is favored by interior designers and architects. Like other ethanol fireplaces, Accalia doesn’t need any venting and can be installed in houses and apartments without a chimney.

Accalia built-in ethanol fireplace by Ignis

Why we love it:

  • Clean design, impressive size, and real flames make is a beautiful centerpiece in large rooms 
  • Creates beautiful real flames and can be installed anywhere
  • Adjustable flame intensity
  • Does not smell at all
  • Easy to operate - light up with a long lighter, adjust or extinguish the flame by closing the burner opening with an included long handle
  • High-quality stainless steel and tempered glass construction and manual operation with only one moving part assures reliable service for years to come 
  • 3-year manufacturer warranty
  • This model has been around for over 8 years and has a proven track record

Cons:

  • Does not include any fuel, so you have to order that separately, here is the link: Ethanol Fuel for Fireplaces 
  • Long lighter is recommended, but not included.
  • Gives off a lot of heat: approximate BTU output: ~6000 per Burner (Total BTU ~24000)
  • In order to have a good flame you need to select the option with glass barrier when ordering ($85 extra) - it is well worth it

10. Best Ethanol Insert for a Traditional Fireplace

Eco-Feu ethanol insert is the best insert for a traditional wood fireplace. It is the quickest and easiest solution for when you don't feel like starting a fire and dealing with all the mess it creates. No smell, smoke or clean up to deal with.

Eco-Feu ethanol insert

Why we love it:

  • Super easy way to remodel your old fireplace that you don’t use - place the insert inside the fireplace, pour ethanol fuel into the burner and light it up with a long lighter
  • Creates beautiful real flames without any mess
  • Does not smell at all
  • Adjustable flame intensity
  • Provides comfortable heat (6500 BTUs)
  • Available in 2 sizes to fit most fireplace openings
  • Can be easily moved in and out of the fireplace and placed on any surface
  • 3-year manufacturer warranty

Cons:

11. Best See-Through Ethanol Fireplace

2-sided ethanol firebox by Ignis is the best see-through ethanol fireplace because it is very well insulated, and covered by a 5-year manufacturer warranty. There are several sizes available starting at 24” long and up to 72” long. Like other ethanol fireplaces, these fireboxes have real flames that are smell and smoke-free, they don’t require a chimney or a vent. So, if you are looking for a real vent-free see-through fireplace for your dividing wall, 2-sided firebox by Ignis is your best solution.

2-sided ethanol firebox by Igni

Why we love it:

  • Truly zero clearance installation thanks to great insulation 
  • Creates beautiful real flames and can be installed anywhere
  • Adjustable flame intensity
  • Does not smell at all
  • Easy to operate - light up with a long lighter, adjust or extinguish the flame by closing the burner opening with an included long handle
  • Available in many sizes for any room: from 24” to 72” long
  • High-quality stainless steel and tempered glass construction and manual operation with only one moving part assures reliable service for years to come 
  • 5-year manufacturer warranty 

Cons:

12. Best See-Through Electric Fireplace

Clearion Fireplace by Napoleon is the best two-sided electric fireplace available at the moment. It is the first ever truly see-through electric fireplace that can replicate the look of a modern 2-sided gas fireplace at a fraction of the cost. 

Clearion Fireplace by Napoleon

Why we love it:

  • Looks like a modern see-through gas fireplace at a fraction of the cost
  • Cost only pennies a day to operate
  • Adjustable heat: independent control over the temperature in each room and heat can be turned off completely for year-round enjoyment
  • Flame is visible even when it's bright in the room
  • Has a sleep timer
  • Conveniently adjust flame speed, color, brightness, heat output, and timer with a remote control
  • Comes from a reliable manufacturer
  • Can be installed below a flat-screen TV, no minimal clearance
  • Can be installed in a 2x4 wall with optional think black and stainless steel surround https://modernblaze.com/collections/napoleon-firplaces/products/napoleon-clearion-thick-black-and-stainless-steel-trim
  • Comes with decorative logs and glass crystals to change the look of the fireplace from traditional to contemporary
  • 1-year manufacturer warranty

Cons:

These are the best vent-free fireplaces according to our team of experts and our customers. If you have questions about any of the fireplaces on this list, don't hesitate to contact us: support@modernblaze.com.

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