Fake Fireplace. Real Heat

Published February 28, 2012 by Julie Provenzano

I came across this highlight in a recent Elle Decor and thought it was the perfect fit for those decorative fireplaces in the East Dallas Tudors I see all the time. 

Most fireplaces (whether wood-, pellet-, or gas-burning) require some kind of ventilation to the outdoors. But a variety of smoke-free fuels—derived from eco-friendly, plant-based bioethanol—allows for ventless fires that work in any setting. Planika’s remote-controlled Fire Line Automatic (planikausa.com) is a stainless steel linear insert that can be incorporated into a shelf or recessed into a wall. Its 31"- long, low-profile flame gives off a toasty 14,000 BTUs. BrasaFire (brasafire.com) manufactures the portable Avani,below. Made of stainless steel and ceramic, it can be used as a stand-alone fire or placed in an existing hearth instead of a traditional log flame.

Photographer: Patrick Quirk

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