It’s a lovely thing to sit before the fireplace and watch the flames crackle.
I grew up with that luxury and then wound up spending close to twenty years as an apartment dweller, longing always for that childhood comfort – yet, in many cities, a fireplace in an apartment is either a near-impossible headache to install or, in the case of ventless fireplaces, downright illegal.
How nifty to find a solution to this little quandary!
Hearth Cabinet produces ventless fireplaces which require no flue, no electricity, and, instead of burning gas (which must be vented), uses a non-toxic isopropyl alcohol gel to fuel the flames. They are the only ventless fireplaces legally approved for use in New York City.
Right now the company only operates in the NYC area, but this kind of thing could easily (pardon the pun) flare up into something big.
The modular units come fully assembled and contain all approved mechanicals for a clean burning, safe fire. Installation takes minutes. Best of all, the design allows for use in both pre-existing fireplaces or on new, custom platforms, and lends itself to literally any decorating plan. Some lovely examples of this can be seen here.
These fireplaces are customizable to suit any taste. Units are available framed in stainless steel, brass, or black metal finish, and come with six different options for interior finish. Alcohol gel cartridges fit snugly within the many available holders, which range from the expected stacking logs to smooth expanses of stainless steel or brass to trays containing black river stone, colored glass chips, or glass beads.
Each unit features a lockable, top hinged safety screen and is insulated with industrial grade mineral wool. The cartridge holder is designed to prevent tippage or spilling of the fuel gel.
Although the alcohol gel is available scented, its base is odorless, and according to Hearth Cabinet is the cleanest burning fuel one can find for a fireplace. Once used, the empty aluminum cartridges may be recycled, making the product additionally eco-friendly.
So, if you could put a fireplace anywhere at all in your home, where would that be?