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13 Freestanding Fireplaces to Cozy Up in Front Of

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Come wintertime, there’s nothing better than cozying up on the couch with a good book and a glass of wine in front of the fireplace. There’s just one problem: Not everyone has access to a built-in mantel! Enter freestanding fireplaces.

These stand-alone devices, which typically range from less than $100 to a few thousand dollars, enable you to bask in the glow of a roaring fire without the need to have them built into your home — a task that can run upwards of $10,000, according to HouseLogic by Realtors. That’s not including maintenance costs, which can quickly tack on another $200 annually.

While some freestanding fireplaces will require professional installation — a chimney pipe may be required for certain vented models, while others are made to go into your wall — there are other ventless or electric versions that come ready to go.

Types of Freestanding Fireplaces

As with most things, freestanding fireplaces are not created equally. While there are many different features and varieties to choose from (Do you prefer a wall-mounted piece or a retro style? A corner design or one that’s built into your home entertainment system?), most fireplaces are distinguished by their heating sources. Read on to learn more about the different types that are available and which one will best suit your home.

Electric fireplace: These fireplaces are essentially electric heaters designed to look like coal, wood-burning, or gas fireplaces. They work by drawing in cool air, warming it internally with a heated coil, and gently forcing the warm air back out.

Gas fireplace: Unlike electric fireplaces, which generate their heat internally, gas fireplaces will need to be hooked up to a gas line, making the installation slightly more labor intensive. Vented versions will also require that a pipe be installed, though ventless options are available.

Ethanol fireplace: These fireplaces are another type that truly stand alone, drawing their flames from free-standing biofuel, which can be lit with a long lighter. As such, they are 100 percent portable.

Wood-burning fireplace: Though it’s possible to get a wood-burning fireplace without having one being built into your home, it will require some work to ventilate, typically by going through the wall with a factory-built chimney.

Infrared fireplace: These fireplaces are a bit different in the sense that they only warm the objects placed in front of them — bodies included. They are normally powered through electricity, but can also be run with gas or propane.

The Best Freestanding Fireplace

Now that you know a bit about freestanding fireplaces, it’s time to shop for the perfect one for your home. From a retro design that will make you feel like you live near a lodge ($450.74, Wayfair) to one that’s built into its own living room console ($320.33, Amazon), we’ve got you covered. Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s picks for the best freestanding fireplace around.

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