Limited Fireplace Options? Here Are Some of the Best Ideas

Posted on the 03 December 2022 by Shoumya Chowdhury

Do you live in a small space, but want a full-sized fireplace? Do you live in an apartment or home where you can’t install a fireplace? Do you wish there was some kind of option that would allow you to at least feel like you have a fireplace?

The good news is there are solutions. No matter what your limitations are, there is a fireplace solution that can meet your needs. Here are several good options.

Get an electric fireplace

Did you know that not all fireplaces run on burning wood? Some fireplaces don’t actually burn anything and instead are electric heaters made to look like a fireplace.

If your living situation doesn’t allow for you to have a traditional fireplace that burns wood, and you can’t vent for a gas fireplace, then consider electric.

Even though electric fireplaces are technically just heaters, they make an excellent aesthetically-pleasing addition to any home.

You can get a unit that looks just like a traditional fireplace with a mantle and hearth. You can also get one that installs directly into the wall and blends in seamlessly in any room.

There are other electric fireplace units that are free-standing with wheels that move easily. Some of these units are small enough to put in a corner with a chair, while others are large enough to heat a small room.  

Get a fireplace insert

Do you have a fireplace in your home, but you can’t use it? Maybe it’s broken or needs some repairs that you can’t afford.

Depending on the condition of your existing fireplace, you might be able to get a fireplace insert to make it work.

However, don’t install one without consulting with a professional because you’ll need to make sure everything is done to code. You don’t want your exhaust system to leak carbon monoxide into your home.

Another option you have for a fireplace insert is using an electric insert. This will mean giving up the ability to burn wood, but you’ll have a beautiful fire to stare at that produces heat – it just won’t be real.

Get a gas fireplace

Venting a gas fireplace can be much easier than venting a real fire out of a chimney, but it also depends on your setup.

For example, if you’re in a condo and you already have a gas fireplace, it was vented properly upon installation and you don’t need to worry about it. 

However, if you’re looking at installing a gas fireplace from scratch, venting can be tricky, especially if you aren’t on the top floor.

Although, if you’re living in a condo or townhouse, you might have an easier time installing a gas fireplace.

The details will depend on your situation, which includes the structure of your home, local and state laws, and your HOA if applicable. 

However, it’s worth looking into because a gas fireplace can be just as cozy as a wood-burning fireplace.

Get a wall-mounted electric fireplace

Okay, it’s not exactly a real fireplace, but if you get an electric wall-mounted fireplace, you’ll have something nice to look at while it heats your space.

These types of heaters are not only warm, but they’re visually appealing and make a great addition for any office space.

If you’re running your business from home and you make YouTube videos, for example, you can add a lot of class to your videos.

To level up your ambiance, start recording your videos in front of a wall-mounted electric fireplace. Your viewers will love it and it’s actually a fairly popular YouTube backdrop.

Run a video of a fire on your TV

As a last resort, if you can’t install a real fireplace, you can always play a video of a beautiful, crackling fire on your television. If you have a big-screen TV, it will look even better.

It won’t really keep you warm, but just turn on your heater and cozy up to the virtual fire and you’ll feel good in no time.

Find the fireplace option that works for you

When you’re in the market for a fireplace, you have to explore all of your options to see what will best suit your needs. Hopefully, this article will help you get ideas you can work with and you’ll find your perfect fireplace in no time.

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