Free-Standing Electric Fireplace

Technology seems to move at the speed of light in nearly every market sector, including the electric fireplace segment. A product featuring new technology is released one day and is replaced by a newer version within a few months or a year. Consumers who want the most attractive and energy efficient fireplaces powered by electricity should keep up with the trends. They can get the hottest new models as soon as these hit the market.

LED lighting has replaced traditional incandescent light bulbs in flame technology. LED flames deliver a realistic look while reducing energy consumption. Some models like the Aurora wall unit feature a second layer of flame patterns and an attractive multi-colored fire bed. This fireplace plugs into the wall and the lights alternate between blue, yellow, and red. The LED bulbs are eco-friendly, able to burn 24 hours per day for ten years before requiring replacement. The 5,000 BTU heater is energy efficient, providing low cost operation.

The Ambiance CLX line incorporates all the latest technology including LED flames and touch screen controls, though these are not truly free-standing because they must be mounted on something. Customization options allow users to take electric fireplace operation to the next level. These modern units come in sizes ranging to 100 inches wide, turning any room into the home into a conversation piece. Heat and flame levels are adjusted with the included remote control and the flame can be operated without heat, if desired.

Dimplex Optimyst fireplaces are truly amazing because the smoke and flame seem real. The patented technology created a three-dimensional flame that when combined with the shimmering ember bed and glowing logs is the most realistic illusion on the market. Customers are not forced to select a modern style fireplace if they want this technology. The Renwick model features a traditional mantel featuring a burnished walnut finish. A handcrafted look is delivered by the raised panels and bead molding on the header and pilasters.

Simplifyre from Heat & Glo offers realistic flame technology without the mess of a real fireplace. The firebox comes in either a 26 or 35-inch size and is combined with a custom surround. Consumers can design their own unit with an attractive mantel of their choice. Customization options include fronts or operable doors in an assortment of colors and traditional and modern wall or corner mantel styles.

An existing electric fireplace can be modernized with a sound system. Kracklebox and Fire Crackler are tow popular units that can be installed on an existing freestanding fireplace. Though they are small and lightweight, they manage to deliver all the popping and crackling sounds of a real fire. Manual volume settings make it easy to get a realistic fireplace sound.

Portable Electric Fireplace

A portable electric fireplace is much more attractive than a space heater and most models emit more heat. This unit can be easily moved throughout the home by hand or on wheels. Whether heat is required in the living room, bathroom, or even the kitchen, it can be delivered by this fireplace. People can turn down their thermostats and use this as a supplemental heat source. Occupants will stay warm while the heating bills remain low.

The Townsend electric stove from Brookstone features the classic look of an antique wood stove. This vent-free stove features a realistic flame effect that can be enjoyed with or without heat. The 1,500-watt unit is powerful enough to heat a room up to 400 square feet. It measures just 10 x 16.4 x 21.65 inches and weighs only 9.6 pounds, making it easy for anyone to carry it through the house.

Quartz is the new technology in electric heating. The 23-inch Chimney Free fireplace features infrared quartz heating and a classic cherry wood finish mantel with wheels. The heat output of up to 4,600 BTUs per hour is sufficient for up to 1,000 square-foot rooms. The fireplace plugs into a 110-volt outlet and the included remote control makes temperature adjustment simple. Dimensions are 32 x 12 x 30 inches and the wheels create easy portability.

The Barrington model from Real Flame measures 25.62 x 10.75 x 19.75 inches and weighs 37 pounds. This petite 37-pound unit features casters for easy rolling from one room to the next. With the 1,500-watt firebox, 5,100 BTUs of heat are delivered per hour. This attractive fireplace makes an excellent end table for an armchair. Put a lamp on top of it and store items in the drawer located underneath the firebox. This storage area measures 11.75 x 8 x 3.5 inches, the perfect size for books or magazines.

Comfort Zone sells a cute miniature metal electric fireplace perfect for an RV or tent. It delivers up to 1,200 watts of heat via two heat settings. The flame can be controlled separately via a switch and the carry handle makes it convenient to take this fireplace on the go. High efficiency is delivered by the PTC ceramic heating element and the overheat cut off switch makes safety a top priority.

Strasburg is one portable fireplace offered by Classic Flame. The cherry mantel features attractive detailing including hand-carved accents, a rosette center, and plinth base. As the realistic LED flame pulsates and rolls, the fire appears real. Use the included casters to roll the fireplace through the home, then lock them into place to secure the unit. Dimensions are 31 x 11.5 x 27.25 and this model generates 4,600 BTUs per hour.

Black Electric Fireplace

There is a black electric fireplace to match every décor, from the traditional to the ultra-modern. If black is the color of choice, a fireplace powered by electricity can be found within any price range. Some online retailers even offer free shipping to sweeten the deal. The fireplaces listed below are just a sampling of the beautiful styles available.

Southern Enterprises offers its Sicilian Harvest black fireplace for about $440. Fluted columns and a center scroll appliqué adorn the traditional black and gold tipped mantel, which can accommodate a 42-inch flat screen television. LED lighting creates the realistic effect of flickering flames with adjustable brightness. In just 24 minutes, the energy efficient electric heater warms a 1,500-cubic foot area. The thermostat can be adjusted on the unit or via the included remote control. This fireplace measures 44.75 x 14 x 40.25 inches.

The Heritage is another black fireplace model from Southern Enterprises. Mantel columns feature an attractive braided trim and the area over the firebox has an arch design. Dimensions of this fireplace are 42 x 13.25 x 42 and retail price is approximately $500. The mantel can support a 42-inch flat screen TV and the included remote control makes it easy to adjust the attractive flickering flame and thermostat.

The Silverton 20-inch black fireplace from Real Flame retails for $550. The wooden mantel is made from solid wood, MDF, and veneer and the flame adjusts from high to low with the included remote control. This model features an attractive gray firebox surround and realistic screen and log set. It measures 48 x 13 x 41 inches and features an adjustable thermostat for the ultimate in comfort. Real Flame also makes a black fireplace and entertainment center combination that sells for under $700 and holds a TV and electronic components.

Dimplex takes fireplace technology to the next level with its $2,000 OptiMyst gloss black electric model. This contemporary style unit features ivory crackle textured accents, a recessed center area, dual offset pilasters, and a smoked glass shelf. The three dimensional flame, shimmering ember bed, and glowing logs create the illusion of both fire and smoke. Fill the water tank to create a fine mist of water that can be controlled along with the flame. Dimensions are 53 x 17 x 42 inches and the firebox measures 25 inches.

The recessed convex wall mount electric fireplace from Dimplex sells for $600 and features a sleek design. Mount it on or within a wall and operate the flames with or without heat. The tempered glass front, coal bed, and realistic looking flames are exquisite. Measuring just 22.75 x 9 x 34.5 inches, this fireplace is the perfect way to enhance a room or hallway without harmful emissions.

Small Electric Fireplace

The functionality of a small room is often limited and installing a standard size electric fireplace is usually not feasible. Only so much furniture can be added before the area becomes overcrowded. People may have difficulty navigating through the area and the room can become an eyesore. Keep things simple by adding a small seating area, small fireplace, and low bookshelf, creating a cozy reading nook.

Few rooms in the home offer the ability to relax and unwind in front of the fire. A traditional fireplace requires maintenance and emits fumes that many people consider unpleasant. They choose to make this area decorative and use an electric model instead. But, where to put it? It will look strange in the same room as the existing fireplace, so the den is the perfect choice.

Other homes do not have any fireplaces and the rooms are not large enough to justify installation. A small electric fireplace is the perfect choice because it is freestanding and some units fit into the corner of the room. Small firebox and mantel packages are 36 to 45 inches wide and deliver enough heat to warm a 15 to 20-foot room. The unit plugs into a 120-volt electrical outlet and does not require venting. Cost is not an issue because the expense is only about two cents per hour without heat and seven cents per hour with both heat and flame.

The ClassicFlame Franklin 23-inch wall or corner unit in roasted mahogany costs about $430. This attractive fireplace and mantel package features all LED technology, so there is no need to change light bulbs. The ember bed and glowing logs are hand-carved to appear realistic. With the digital thermostat, you always know the air temperature and the electronic timer has an automatic shutoff feature. Users can adjust the flame and heat with the multi-function remote control.

A corner media and fireplace console is perfect for the smallest den. The $600 23-inch Corinth model from ClassicFlame comes in vintage premium oak and features ornate detailing, a realistic flame that uses LED technology and features five brightness settings, and resin ember bed and logs. The digital thermostat offers an easy readout and the remote control makes adjustment simple. Set the electronic timer to enjoy the flame and warmth for up to nine hours without having to turn off the unit.

The Dimplex Mozart is perfect for a small room in a modern home. The sleek black design and patented flame technology of this $449 electric fireplace create a realistic look. This unit is perfect for the living room of a loft, condominium, or apartment. It allows people to receive the benefits of a real fireplace without the hassle and large space requirement.

Electric Fireplace Media Center

There is nothing like sitting in front of an electric fireplace on a cold day. Except for doing it while watching a great movie or sporting event, that is. Media center fireplaces emit warmth and an attractive flame from the same direction as the television. Experience the fireplace benefits without having to turn your head to another part of the room. Fireplace media centers come in many styles and sizes designed to fit standard to massive televisions.

Classic Flame offers the Brookfield Electric Theater for under $940. This unit measures a substantial 60 x 19 x 34 inches and features Mission styling. The fireplace can be operated with or without heat and the ember bed and logs look realistic even when the unit is not operating. Framed glass doors on both sides protect stored items and feature adjustable wooden shelves and stylish door pulls. With wire management channels and media cabinets built in, this truly is a media center.

For about $600, shoppers can find a smaller Classic Flame model called Cannes in either premium cherry or espresso. Dimensions of this item are 47.25 x 16.5 x 34 inches, making the mantel large enough for a nice sized LCD or plasma television. The sturdy box base features Scotia molding and the panel and frame style doors have a traditional fluted edge. Audio video components will find a comfortable home on the open center shelf.

The $480 Windsor media fireplace features a realistic flame and the ability to operate flame without heat. It measures 46.25 x 29.25 x 35.5 inches and has an espresso finish. A door on each side encloses a cabinet with a shelf. The center cabinet located under the mantel features an operable door. Open it to reveal two side storage compartments perfect for Blu-ray discs and a center compartment designed to hold a Blu-ray and CD player.

If a corner model is needed, consider the Corinth, which sells for about $560. The burnished walnut, cherry, or oak finish and carved leaf corbels featuring acanthus crown molding create an attractive piece of furniture. Dimensions are 42 x 25.75 x 40 inches and this unit assembles easily using a Phillips head screwdriver. Integrated wire management channels are designed for plug and play media setup. Place an LCD or plasma TV on top and store a DVD and CD player on the open shelf in the center.

Combining a fireplace with a media center is an excellent way to save space in a small room. It also permits heat delivery from the center of the room so it can reach occupants more efficiently. During warm weather, many of these fireplaces can be operated without heat, adding to the ambiance of the room without making everyone hot.

Classic Flame Electric Fireplace

Twin Star International uses only the finest wood veneers, hardwoods, and finishes to create products in the Classic Flame electric fireplace line. These fireplaces can be purchased online or from furniture stores, supply companies, and fireplace shops throughout the country. With multiple price points available, consumers can add a safe, clean, and eco-friendly fireplace to every room of the home without exceeding their budget.

An electric fireplace has minimal impact on the environment. No emissions, air exchange, or outdoor pollution is delivered during its operation. No wood or fossil fuels are consumed during use and carbon reduction is decreased. Low operating costs and energy efficiency are two major consumer benefits. The fireplace can be operated with or without heat for all-season use. Operation does not create moisture issues that could result in mold, which can be a nightmare to eliminate.

Wood fireplace use has by-products including hydro-carbons, methane, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, and chlorinated dioxins. Nitric oxide, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, water vapor, and formaldehyde are by-products of using gas fireplaces. No by-products result from using electric fireplaces and these units convert 100 percent of their consumed energy into heat. Wood and gas fireplaces lose up to 50 percent of heat energy to the atmosphere. In addition, a wood fireplace cannot be operated without the heat feature and a gas fireplace has a standing pilot light.

Classic Flame fireplace units feature all LED technology. The lifespan of an LED bulb is more than 75,000 hours, while traditional incandescent bulbs require replacement about every 2,000 hours. An incandescent bulb needs 120 watts of power to operate. Classic Flame models create the same flame effect while drawing just 11.2 watts of power. This represents both cost savings to the consumer and environmental savings to the planet.

Rolling, wall, media, and dual mantel fireplaces carry the Classic Flame brand name. The company also offers two and three-function entertainment units, wall hanging models, inserts, and petite foyer fireplaces. PowerHeat quartz technology is one of the latest additions to the product line. Consumers can choose the Oxford mantel in brown or black finish, the wheeled Bennington fireplace in walnut or oak finish, or the Sterling media unit in walnut with interchangeable glass, wood, or speaker grill doors.

The Regent petite foyer model features a timeless design in a compact unit. It measures 28 x 12 x 35 inches and has an antique mahogany finish. Fluted pilasters featuring two step corbel capitals grace the front and the Scotia base has two step legs. Under the mantel area is an attractive faux hammered metal crest containing a shell appliqué. This fireplace looks attractive in the entryway, foyer, or at the end of a long hallway and it provides warmth to small areas.

Modern Electric Fireplace

Owners of homes with a contemporary style should have no difficulty finding a modern electric fireplace to fit within it. Whether they desire a wall-mounted or free-standing unit, they can find one that matches their décor but does not exceed their price range. This fireplace will provide years of warmth and an attractive flame that looks as realistic as a wood burning model. Benefits include no venting, no cleanup, and no harmful emissions.

The under $500 Napoleon 39-inch frameless electric fireplace looks sleek when mounted to the wall of a bedroom, living room, or even a bathroom. The black frameless display protrudes only about two inches from the wall or can be recessed into a wall, if desired. The intensity of the attractive Cystalline ember bed can be adjusted by the included remote control. Clear fire glass comes standard with the frame but may be replaced with a bag of black, blue, amber, or red colored glass for a small additional cost.

Cabinet packages like the 33-inch Harbor feature a modern design in a free-standing unit that simply plugs into a wall outlet. Hand rubbed ebony, aged ebony, and syrah are the stock mantel colors for this unit. Special order colors include designer white, weathered white, Dijon, and toffee. This fireplace will look beautiful in any room that has the floor space. It features three open shelves on each side, an open compartment overhead, and a spacious mantel top.

The Ambiance CLX series is one of the newest electric fireplace lines on the market. Models feature a realistic LED flame technology, recessed or wall mounting, touch screen controls, five optional surrounds made from real stone, and customizable media including coals, stone, or glass. These units come in 40, 60, or 100-inch sizes so there is something to fit every room. The 100-inch model is a sight to behold and users can control the heat and flame settings using discreet touch controls or the included remote control.

The Dimplex recessed or wall mount fireplace featuring a gun metal finish looks attractive in any contemporary home. It features a choice of square or beveled trim and several layers of decorative sand featuring different colors. A vertical orientation creates a unique look and is suitable for rooms with high ceilings. The 120-volt plug kit is removable for compatibility with hard-wired applications. Flame and heat can be adjusted using the included remote control.

For those who love to be entertained, a home media center featuring an integrated fireplace offers the best of both worlds. It features two front speakers, one subwoofer, treble and base equalizers, iPod docking station, and is compatible with a television, gaming console, and CD and DVD players. Heat and flame adjustment is done via the onboard LED display or included remote control.

Duraflame Electric Fireplace

Duraflame is the top fire log manufacturer in the U.S. and the brand has expanded to include several electric fireplace models. Whether consumers are looking for a small, emissions-free fire stove that costs under $100 or a large infrared fireplace that retails for close to $400, they can find it in the Duraflame product line. These units are sold online and in stores, making it possible for anyone to own one.

For the low price of $80, you can purchase the cute Duraflame vent-free electric heater stove. This 1,350-watt stove has a 400 square-foot heating capacity. Plug it into a standard 120-volt outlet to enjoy emissions-free heat without venting or gas lines. This product comes in traditional black, is sold pre-assembled, and weighs under 20 pounds. Heat and flame may be controlled separately and heat settings range from 70 to 90 degrees.

Quartz heating is the newest trend in electric fireplace technology. Copper heat exchangers combine heat with the humidity present in the room. The result is moist, soft, safe heat that does not reduce humidity or oxygen levels. Heat is distributed quickly and evenly, keeping the difference in floor and ceiling temperature to within two or three degrees. The fireplace can be used for zone heating, delivering energy savings while keeping users warm.

The $164 Colby quartz heater from Duraflame does not feature faux logs but it sure can heat up a 1,000 square-foot room. Remotely control the thermostat to achieve a temperature between 55 and 97 degrees and breathe the purified air created by the onboard air filter. Do not worry about energy costs because this model includes a timer that automatically cycles the unit off on a regular basis. The compact wood shell has an attractive cherry finish.

The 1,500-watt, $249 Duraflame Livingston uses quartz heat to warm up to 1,000 square-feet. Temperature delivered by this model ranges from 55 to 97 degrees. A thermostat controls room temperature automatically and users can activate the auto timing feature to control length of heat delivery. A lifetime high-efficiency filter purifies the air and is easy to clean. The glowing ember bed and logs appear realistic and the included remote control makes flame and heat adjustment convenient.

Quartz heat technology is also used in the 1,500-watt Duraflame infrared mantel stove. This electric fireplace retails for as low as $400 and is capable of heating a 1,000 square-foot room. A solid oak and wood veneer mantel finished with a protective lacquer give it a rich, classic look. Blue Spectrafire flame effects add to the realism and concealed casters turn this 90-pound fireplace into a portable unit. Automatic temperature control is delivered by the integrated thermostat and the lifetime filter purifies the air for more comfortable breathing.

Electric Fireplace Heaters

When it comes to interior furnishings like an electric fireplace, some people prefer to stand out from the crowd. A firebox encased in a wood surround that sits on the floor is not for them. They prefer something that will be a conversation piece. Fortunately, they can achieve the desired result without spending a lot of money, thanks to the economic concept of competition. Here are just a few fireplaces powered by electricity that have a unique appearance.

The Prolectrix Bamoral fireplace is just 6.25 inches deep and mounts on a wall. The included remote is used to adjust the flame brightness and switch between the two heat settings. A sleek black surround and background highlight the beautiful flame, which is set behind a row of rocks. People can install this fireplace in the smallest room without compromising any floor space. Best of all, this model costs under $200 and free shipping may be available.

If wood is more your style, you may have difficulty finding a wall-mounted electric fireplace. However, companies like Fire Sense do make these, selling them for under $200. The Fire Sense model features MDF construction, a natural stained wood frame, realistic flames, glowing embers, a glass front, and a remote control. This fireplace plugs into a standard household outlet and the six-foot cord makes installation convenient in any area.

Some homeowners prefer a rustic look, making an electric stove the perfect choice. Quality Craft offers an antique-style electric stove heater in matte black or a nice cranberry color. Both units feature dual heat settings, a variable intensity flame effect, and sell for under $70. Weighing just 20 pounds, this stove is easy to move between rooms in the home for supplemental heat during cold months and an attractive flame when the weather is warmer.

Quality Craft also makes a traditional 26-inch fireplace that is taller and narrower than the standard version. The mantel has classical styling and the espresso simulated wood veneer finish is dark and rich. Rooms up to 340 square feet can be heated by the 1250-watt firebox. Separate heat and flame controls and a realistic flame effect are two features customers love. Another benefit is that this item retails for just $130. People can warm a small bathroom, den, or all-season porch without turning up their central heating system.

For shoppers with money to spend, the $950 36-inch built-in LED fireplace from Brookstone is a great choice. This electric fireplace can be hardwired or plugged into a standard outlet. The zero-clearance design makes it possible to flush mount this unit to tile, drywall, or other surfaces. Compatible with above or below grade rooms, exterior or interior walls, and even corners, this remotely controlled fireplace is perfect for people with discriminating taste.

Charmglow Electric Fireplace

As the weather grows colder in many areas, it is the perfect time for supplemental heat provided by products like the Charmglow electric fireplace. Charmglow is one of the major brands in the industry, offering ventless, emissions-free electric fireplaces that fit any room and any budget. A fireplace powered by electricity is inexpensive to operate and heats 400 square-foot or larger areas, depending on model. No construction is required to install the unit, allowing people to simply plug it in and begin enjoying the comforting heat and realistic flame.

Charmglow makes a very attractive 28-inch fireplace that also serves as a flat screen TV stand. It features a beautiful walnut finish, an open shelf for a DVD player or other component, and a cabinet on either side of the firebox, which has a brick interior and attractive flickering flame. Enough heat is delivered to warm an area up to 400 square feet and heat and flame may be separately controlled. This $800 fireplace measures 55x18x37.25 inches and includes a remote control.

A 23-inch oak fireplace from Charmglow is perfect for a smaller area like a bedroom or den. The mantel of this compact model features nice detailing and the firebox adequately heats a 400 square-foot room. The dimensions of this $200 unit are 31×12.25×25.75 inches and the firebox can be operated with flame only for year-round use.

Mahogany is a very unique wood and Charmglow has captured its essence in a regal-looking fireplace that sells for approximately $800. Like the other models, this one heats a 400 square-foot space and can be operated without heat. It measures 55x17x45 inches and the included remote control makes flame and temperature adjustments very convenient.

There are many reasons to by an electric fireplace made by Charmglow, some of which are revealed through the product specifications above. Some models weigh less than 50 pounds, making them easy to move from one room to the next. Though they do not come with casters, customers have installed these wheels to make transport easier. The ventless aspect of these fireplaces also helps with portability. Installation is easy, no matter what room this fireplace occupies. Simply plug it into a 120volt standard wall outlet and flip the power switch to the on position.

Many Charmglow models feature a remote control so users can make adjustments from across the room. The ability to change the heat temperature or have no heat at all is a nice feature, as is the flame adjustment function. There are no ashes or soot to remove from this fireplace- just wipe the mantel with a cloth to remove dust. It costs just pennies per day to operate a Charmglow electric fireplace, making ownership affordable to almost anyone.