If you've ever dreamed of having a fireplace, but don't actually have a chimney, you're in luck! Now you can create a gorgeous focal point in your home without the need of an existing chimney. Hearth Cabinet makes beautiful ventless fireplaces that use a safe, clean-burning gel fuel cartridge system. They are the only ventless fireplaces approved for use in New York City, and are great for apartment dwellers. I recently visited their showroom, and was impressed with their quality. While it's not a roaring fire, the flame looks really good - substantial and dynamic. And it also makes a soothing crackling sound, and brings warmth into the room. You can choose from a bunch of different styles, and customize each unit to create a stunning fireplace in your own home. Keep reading to see pictures from my visit to the showroom, and learn more details about the product including how much it costs!
Unlike a conventional fireplace, Hearth Cabinet ventless fireplaces are more like a decorative piece of furniture that resembles a fireplace. The product is essentially a box that can easily be installed into your home - no permits required, and no need for gas or electrical wiring. The ventless fireplaces work by burning alcohol gel cartridges which can be ordered online. Each cartridge burns for 2 hours, and costs about $8 including shipping and handling.
HearthCabinet ventless fireplaces were designed to be simple, versatile, sleek and stylish. They look good in both traditional and modern settings. You can add more personality by choosing a mantel that suits your style, like this classic beauty from Chesney's.
There are a few different ways that you could install the unit into your home. If you have the space, you can recess the unit into your wall to create the look of a flush, modern fireplace. Or you can fur out the wall and add a mantel around the unit for a more dramatic look. HearthCabinet offers their basic fireplace unit in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. You can even choose from different decorative elements like logs, river stones or crystals.
Prices range from about $4100-$6600 for a typical unit, but you get a substantial discount if you are working with a trade professional such as an architect or interior designer. Custom units can cost upwards of $10,000. Some of the more popular styles are available in stock and will ship in 2-4 weeks while custom units have a lead time of 6 weeks. All units are proudly made in Brooklyn.
These are beautiful, realistic fireplaces and I would definitely recommend them for people who don't have the option of a "real fireplace". Check out the Hearth Cabinet website for more details and lots of great pics. You can also visit their showroom at 250 West 26th Street to see the units in action.