Water Vapor or "Steam" Fireplace Buying Guide
Looking for a fireplace that doesn't need a chimney or a vent? The Water Vapor Fireplace is the newest type of ventless fireplace that has everybody talking.
Read on to learn why water vapor fireplaces are so popular and how to pick a good one from all the choices available on the market today.
What is a Water Vapor Fireplace?
Water Vapor Fireplace is a ventless fireplace with 3-dimensional, realistic flames that you can touch without burning your hand. The flame illusion is created with the help of fine water mist and LED lights that reflect off of it.
5 Fun Facts About Water Vapor Fireplaces
Water Vapor Fireplace is one of the best alternatives to traditional wood or gas fireplaces for several reasons:
- They have the most realistic flame imitation out of all other alternative fireplace types.
- They don't produce any harmful emissions, keeping your air clean.
- The "flame" is cool to the touch making it very safe for kids, pets, and for installation in crowded, commercial spaces.
- Water Vapor Fireplaces have a huge number of installation options because they don't need venting or clearances, and the 3D flame can be open on all sides.
- They also don't cost much to operate. They run on tap water and the LED lights consume very little electricity.
There are many other benefits of water vapor fireplaces like their low energy consumption and environment-friendliness but the bottom line is: water vapor fireplaces feature a dazzling, realistic flame that rivals gas, with the safety and simplicity of electric.
How Does a Water Vapor Fireplace Work?
Flame imitation is so realistic, you’ll be surprised to learn you can actually touch this “fire".
The newest technology manages to create an extremely realistic flame look without a real fire. Water vapor fireplaces run on water and electricity. It uses tap water to emit fine mist into the air. LED lights get reflected by the mist creating a realistic 3-dimensional illusion of flame and smoke.
All you need to do is plug them into a standard household outlet (or hardwire), add water (or connect to a water line) to the tank and enjoy!In photo: Faber E-Matrix 3-Sided Water Vapor Fireplace
Do Water Vapor Fireplaces Give Off Heat?
Most water vapor fireplaces do not come with a built-in heater.
If you are looking to get the clean emission-free flame with the benefit of warmth, Modern Blaze offers water vapor fireplaces that comes with a heater, like the popular Dimplex Opti-myst Pro 1000 Firebox.
The stunning appearance and practical design of the Opti-myst® Pro is the perfect fit for custom applications in residential and commercial projects.
Enjoy the ambiance, warmth, and the crackling sound of fire without the worry that children, pets, or your "spirited" friends run into it.
In photo: Dimplex Opti-myst Pro 1000 40-Inch Water Vapor Fireplace Cassette
Water Vapor Cassettes For Custom Fireplaces
If you are looking to create a unique custom fireplace with a safe-to-touch fire that is open on as many sides as you wish, water vapor cassettes are the perfect solution. These cassettes have limitless installation options from 2-sided to 360-degrees.
Cassettes come in sizes of 20", 40" and 60" long with the flame from edge to edge and can be connected in a series of cassettes for dramatic linear installations impossible to achieve with gas fireplaces.
Our customers' favorite water vapor cassettes:
Dimplex Opti-myst® Pro 1000 - 40" Water Vapor Fireplace Cassette (CDFI1000-Pro) and Dimplex Opti-myst® 500 - 20" Water Vapor Fireplace Cassette (CDFI500-PRO)
In photo: Dimplex Opti-myst® Pro 1000 - 40" Water Vapor Fireplace Cassette (CDFI1000-Pro)
How to Choose The Best Water Vapor Fireplace?
We have already selected the best ones featured on our website, you can see them all here: Water Vapor Fireplaces
Some of them do stand out, however:
Dimplex Opti-Myst - the original water vapor fireplace, installed in many residencies, hotels, and restaurants around the world, loved by customers. This is the fireplace featured on an episode of Bar Rescue TV Show.
The Opti-Myst cassettes are flexible: add a heater, connect to a water line or plug them in instead of hardwiring - all with the help of added accessories. And you can add glowing log sets to add even more realism (highly recommended!).
Do Water Vapor Fireplaces Look Real?
Wondering if these mist fireplaces look like real fires? We get this question a lot. If you want to see one in person you might be lucky to find it installed in a hotel or a restaurant near you. We are collecting a list of showrooms in the US, email us at email@example.com to see if there is one near you.
We have also collected a series of videos generously submitted by our customers or manufacturers of water vapor fireplaces themselves. You can watch them all here.
Videos of Water Vapor Fireplaces:
Water Vapor Fireplace Comparison
Hopefully, by now you have a pretty good understanding of water vapor fireplaces. To make things even clearer, here's a handy comparison table highlighting the main differences between our 3 most popular water vapor fireplaces at the moment.
|Fireplace||Dimplex Opti-myst® Pro 1000 - 40" Water Vapor Fireplace Cassette||Dimplex Opti-myst® Pro 1000 - 46” One or Two Sided Vapor Fireplace with Heater||Faber E-Matrix 3-Sided Water Vapor Fireplace|
|Fuel||Works on electricity and water||Works on electricity and water||
Works on electricity and water
Many installation options.
|Standard or 2-sided fireplace installation||3-sided with 4 orientations: front, left, right, bay|
|Hardwire / Plug-in||Hardwired / Can be plugged in using a plug kit||Hardwired / Can be plugged in using a plug kit||Hardwire Ready|
|Time between refills||Up to 8 hours. Can be connected to a water line using a plumb kit||Up to 8 hours. Can be connected to a water line using a plumb kit||
Hard Plumbed Water Connection
|Crackling noise||Makes a crackling noise like a real fire||Makes a crackling noise like a real fire||
Makes a crackling noise like a real fire
|Heat||Doesn't have a heater but it can be added||Has a built-in electric heater capable to heat up to 400 sq. ft.||No heat|
|Log Accessory||Optional Glowing Log Accessory||Optional Glowing Log Accessory||Realistic Log Set Included|
|Flame Color||Realistic 3-Dimensional Orange Flame||Realistic 3-Dimensional Orange Flame||
Realistic 3-Dimensional Orange Flame
|Energy Consumption||460 Watts||1,460 Watts (with heater)||
The Green Alternative
All in all, water vapor fireplaces are the healthier, safer, and more economical version of a wood-burning or gas fireplace. There are no logs or ash to clean up, no annual cleaning of the chimney and flue, no propane tanks or gas lines to worry about.
Modern technology now allows you to have the beauty of realistic flames with no harmful emissions or other fire-related safety concerns. Select the option that best fits your project - firebox, insert or cassette - and upgrade to the fireplace of the future.
If you want to find a perfect fireplace to match your style and needs, we can help you with that. Just give us a call or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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