Tabletop Fireplaces – A Modern Way to Enjoy Age-Old Fire

Throughout the ages, fire has fed mankind’s bodies and souls. Warming and soothing, a fire inspires contemplation, beckons gathering and conversation, and even lulls us into contented slumber. Artists and poets have tried to capture the essence of this vital force in their works. Take for example this alluring poem entitled The Fireplace by Edwina Reizer.

Today, people have lots of options as to how they enjoy their fire. They may choose to own a large, built-in fireplace or a smaller, movable fireplace. Their fireplace can be the traditional wood-burning type, or electric or ethanol powered. A modern option is the tabletop fireplace.

Think of it as somewhere between a traditional fireplace and a large candle. It’s less voluminous than a fireplace, easily moved, and produces none of the soot and ash. It’s warmer than a mere candle. Plus, many of these tabletop fireplaces are designed with such artistry, they serve as beautiful décor in their own right, even without the dancing flames ignited.

Lampada Ethanol Tabletop Fireplace

The Lampada Ethanol Tabletop Fireplace

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Pearl Mantels: Dedicated to Home and Hearth

For humankind throughout the ages, a fireplace and mantel have evoked a sense of warmth, stability, safety… home. It is, and should be, the centerpiece of a room. As important as the raw, organic flame, the mantel that surrounds it should be beautiful.

Pearl Mantels has but one passion, creating mantels that are the perfect complement to provocative, glittering flames. In fact, the company has dedicated itself to the art of fireplace mantel design for over 20 years. Their artisans and craftsmen, like the ones of yore, lovingly hand cut and polish each mantel. Overseen by the master artist herself, Mother Nature, the mantels often retain the rudimental features only she can imbue. Her exquisite and sensual touches to wood make each mantel a one-of-kind piece of art.

Many of Pearl’s mantels are made from live edge wood. Live edge wood furniture is created by retaining the original lines of the tree trunk, including edges, knots, gnarls and holes. This technique elicits the innate glory of the tree. The master of this technique was woodworker and architect George Nakashima, who believed that furniture could evince “the soul of a tree.” (See his 1981 memoir: The Soul of a Tree: A Master Woodworker’s Reflections

The Soul of a Tree by George Nakashima

George Nakashima’s book “The Soul of a Tree: A Master Woodworker’s Reflections”

Featured below are some of Pearl Mantels original mantel designs:
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Guide to Ethanol Fireplaces

Ethanol fireplaces are fireplaces that burn using bio ethanol fuel, a renewable fuel source that’s only by-products are heat, carbon dioxide, and steam, making it an eco-friendly alternative to traditional fireplaces. Bio ethanol, or gel fireplaces as they’re sometimes referred to as, give off of the warmth of an authentic flame while eliminating the emissions released into the air by traditional gas or wood burning fireplaces.


23.5″ Ignis Tectum Mini Freestanding Ventless Ethanol Fireplace

Bio ethanol only gives off carbon dioxide, similar to burning candles indoors, so they don’t require a flu or chimney in most cases. As with any other source of flame like candles or wood fires, it is not recommended to burn ethanol flames indoors in non-ventilated rooms for extended periods of time because of the carbon dioxide. Aside from this, bio ethanol fireplaces are completely safe to be used indoors or outdoors.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for an ethanol fireplace.
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History of the Electric Fireplace

The history of electric fireplaces is more interesting, and perhaps a bit longer than some might think at first. From its belittling introduction to the majestic marble mantle-clad wonders of today, knowing this history will make you unable to look at your electric fireplace the same way again.

Humble Origins Among the Stars

Traversing the ages, fire has been a common theme in man’s journey and advancement, especially in technological improvements. While the electric fireplace sits relatively late in the table of harnessing fire, it can claim to be an important innovation, rightly deserving to be made a part of the modern home. But for the first electric fires in 1912, the play was their restriction.

First Electric Fireplaces in Theater Productions

Electric fires were first used in theatre productions like this one – By Central Litho. & Eng. Co. (signed) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons; available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID var.1527.; image is a reproduction, also in the public domain.

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Calculating BTU’s Per Square Foot

The British Thermal Unit, or BTU, is the Imperial system’s basic unit of heat. One BTU is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. When you’re able to determine how many BTUs per square foot of space a room requires, you’ll can pick a heating device with the right heating capacity for your home.

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Do electric fireplaces really work?

Staying warm can be done efficiently, affordably, and aesthetically through the use of an electric fireplace. It’s commonly and incorrectly assumed that electric fireplaces can’t produce any heat; however, many models can produce anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 British Thermal Units (BTU’s) of heat. This may not be enough to warm your entire home, but it is certainly enough heat to warm up a small apartment or an entire home living room.

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What is an Electric Fireplace?

An electric fireplace is a heater that uses electricity to work, rather than a traditional fireplace that burns coal, wood, or natural gas. The electric fireplace is present in many modern homes, as it is better for the environment while also just as effective and aesthetic as the traditional counterpart.
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Do Patio Heaters Really Work?

Whether you want to grill year-round or you cherish your daily cup of tea on the deck, a good patio heater can be the deciding factor between a Siberian climate and serene. But, you’re skeptical. “Do patio heaters really work?” We’re here to tell you that they do. How they work, however, depends on the different types and sizes available to you.

Patio Heater Close Up

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The Optiflame® Fire by Dimplex

Patented electric flame technology is at our fingertips in the Dimplex Optiflame® fire effect. This world-renowned electric flame can be seen in many Dimplex products, including the latest electric inserts and wall fireplaces.

Electric fireplaces were brought to life by Dimplex, when the Optiflame® was incorporated into the very first fireplaces on the market. Since then, the company has been consistently made the effect even more realistic year after year.

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How Electric Fireplaces Work

Whether you’re the current or soon-to-be owner of an electric fireplace, you’ve probably asked yourself, “how do electric fireplaces work.” It doesn’t take a physicist or electrical engineer to know this marvel, so let the experts at teach you how electric fireplaces and electric inserts work.

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Electric Fireplace Warranties

Electric Fireplace Warranties

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Being knowledgeable about your electric fireplace’s warranty will make it easier for you to resolve any technical issues quickly. By being able to solve any problems that you may have, you’ll be able to be fully satisfied with any product that you own. Here’s the Portable Fireplace guide to the warranty information you need on your electric fireplace.
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