The great thing about fireplaces is that they offer more than just a pretty scene to look at.
Many fireplaces are also going to offer quite a bit of heat.
As home design continues to change people are looking for options that will work with their home and change the look.
For some more modern homes it is a good idea to understand the different types of fireplaces offered and how they may help your home.
We have put together a list of 25 types of fireplaces to help you see what is going to work best for your home.
There is sure to be an option on our list that will work for you.
25 Types Of Fireplaces
1. Wall Mounted Recessed Electric Fireplace
Having an electric fireplace means that you can get all the benefits of warmth and that beautiful look without some of the same dangers as gas or wood fire.
A wall mounted electric fireplace will have a thermostat to allow you to change the temperature and most will have choices of the LED lights they show.
If you have a smaller space you can often fit these units in different locations ranging from around 40 inches to more than 60 inches.
Overall this is a smart low maintenance option for a fireplace.
2. Electric Fireplace With Shelves
If your house does not have a built-in fireplace, it doesn’t mean you have to go without it.
An electric fireplace that comes with its own shelves already in place is a great solution for those that are looking to have a custom and complete finished look.
AN electric fireplace with shelves is an all-in-one finished looking option that will fit on any wall.
The great thing about these is that they will also give off some heat in addition to looking good.
3. Faux Stone Electric Fireplace
Having a stone fireplace put in can also be quite a bit of money.
However, you can find some great faux stone electric fireplaces that will work quite well to keep you warm and your home looking great.
A Faux Stone electric fireplace can come in some different options that will include both dark and light stone.
If you want a ready made solution that comes with a mantle and everything, this is a smart choice.
4. Electric Freestanding Fireplace Stove
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A freestanding fireplace stove will have more of a historical look to it.
This looks more like an item that is used for heat than something that is used for aesthetic purposes.
These units are typically quite easy to put together and often have the same nice visual features that a wall mount electric fireplace would have.
With a traditional wood-burning fireplace stove, it is crucial to stay vigilant around the unit because of heat issues and potential burns.
The electric models, however, tend to stay very cool to the touch.
5. Tabletop Rubbing Alcohol Fireplace
Most people think of gas or wood as the only fuel for a fireplace.
However, with these small fireplaces, rubbing alcohol is the best choice to consider.
With the ease of use and clean burning of a small fireplace like this, you will love this solution for a smaller residence.
Overall, try to think outside the box when choosing a fireplace; it doesn’t need to be something you have ever seen before.
6. TV Console Fireplace
If you are struggling with deciding whether or not to watch the TV or watch the fireplace, you can do so with an option like this.
The great thing about the electric fireplace and it’s having a place to hold the television is that it won’t get hot.
You must be mindful of the heat coming from the top of the unit; if it is too much, it could do damage to the television.
Avoid this by going with something electric and cool to the touch.
7. Electric Fireplace Insert
If you have the space for a fireplace but are reluctant to use it as a gas or wood burning fireplace, you can put in an electric insert.
Sometimes the fireplace that you already have could have damage that is too expensive to fix.
In addition, you may not want the expense or hassle of having to purchase more fuel for a fire.
With an electric fireplace, your overall operating costs are going to be quite reasonable.
These things should be considered because you will want to purchase a unit that you get quite a bit of use out of.
8. Portable Fireplace Heater
Sometimes finding a portable heater can be a hassle, and they don’t always look all that great.
However, now companies are starting to combine the technology of a portable heater with that of a small fireplace.
Having a unit that you can move around your house with ease while still getting to enjoy the images and feel of a real fireplace has been a welcome change to the market.
Don’t let this innocent-looking fireplace heater fool you; it gives off quite a bit of heat and warmth and makes an excellent choice for smaller spaces.
9. Indoor/Outdoor Tabletop Fireplace
Those that like to entertain can attest to the fact that the fireplace is often a common talking point or conversation starter.
Having an indoor/outdoor tabletop fireplace is a great choice for those that are looking for an affordable and easy to operate the fireplace.
With something like this, you will spend quite a bit less money but get the warmth and the enjoyment of having a small fire.
The fact that you can use this indoors and outdoor is another selling point to highly consider.
10. Media Storage Corner Fireplace
Sometimes the idea of putting in a fireplace can be halted by the fact that you don’t have the proper space.
This is where using a corner of the home can become a smart choice.
There is often space in a corner where you can fit a fireplace unit and have it really stand out.
Sometimes placing a fireplace unit like this in a corner can completely change the look and the feel of the home.
Adding storage to the fireplace itself also makes sure that you maximize all potential space in the home.
A corner fireplace can come in many different styles and designs, and it may make you consider how you are utilizing all areas of your current home.
11. TV Stand Fireplace
Sometimes a TV Console may be too big for your home, but a TV Stand could be a better choice.
The stand is typically smaller than the console, and it will allow for storage, the ability to hold a TV, and a small fireplace in the center of the unit.
These are typically more expensive than a typical TV Stand; however, the benefits will far outweigh the costs.
Not only will you be able to watch TV, but you will also be able to enjoy everything that a fireplace has to offer.
12. Dual Fuel Ventless Fireplace
If you want the ability to use both natural gas or liquid propane blue flame heater, this is a great option to consider.
The dual fuel ventless fireplaces can heat large areas and often come with remote controls to help ensure that they are easy to turn on and off.
The Vent Free gas burner helps to ensure that the fireplace is very efficient.
One of the things that people love most about these fireplaces is that there is no chimney to clean, and the fireplace stays ready to use at any time.
If you like the idea of something a bit more low maintenance, this is a perfect option to consider for your home.
13. Vent Free Gas Fireplace Stove
We have already shown you an electric fireplace stove for your home, but gas ones are available on the market.
The vent free gas stove will work in the same way the ventless fireplace will work.
This is a clean, burning stove that takes just a few minutes to set up and start using.
If you want the ability to bring the heat out away from the wall and towards the middle of your room, you may like what this stove has to offer.
14. Gas Fireplace
A traditional gas fireplace will require running a gas line to the home and then buying an insert that is going to go into the fireplace area of the home.
The traditional gas fireplace is not a ventless situation, and you will still need a chimney to run this fireplace successfully.
The benefit of a gas fireplace is that you won’t have to worry about having wood, building the fire, getting it going.
The fireplace can simply turn on quickly, and some will even have a remote control that allows you to do it.
One thing to remember about the gas fireplace is that you will also get a bill for the gas you are using to keep the fireplace running.
This can make the gas fireplace a bit more expensive than electric, but it does tend to give off a good amount of heat.
15. Tabletop Gel Fireplace
A gel fireplace allows for a quick and easy way to get a tabletop fire going.
With the gel fireplace inserts, you simply place a new one inside, and the way for the instance look and feel of a real fire.
The clean up and use of these gel fireplace inserts are so simple, and they make a perfect choice for indoor and outdoor use.
The gel fireplace inserts are also going to allow for some warmth which is a nice added benefit for the user.
The only downside to these units is that you will have to continue to replace the gel inserts, and that can add up in cost.
Overall, however, for occasional use and for entertaining, this is a great choice.
It really only gets expensive if you are trying to use this as a source of heat for your area.
16. Freestanding Indoor Outdoor Gel Fireplace
The gel fuel fireplaces come in a variety of styles and sizes.
Depending on what your home looks like and how you plan on using something like this, there are great options out there to consider.
The freestanding Gel Fireplace is a great choice if you like to move the fireplace indoors and outdoors.
This is a ventless design, so you won’t have to worry about setting it up.
Simply move it from one room to another or take it outside and enjoy the benefits on your patio.
With the ease of use and the ability to move this quickly and easily from one location to another, it’s hard to find a better option.
Remember that most of the gel fireplace choices are not going to come with the gel, and you will have to buy that separately.
For a bigger unit like this, choose something a little larger that will give you plenty of burn time before needing to find a replacement.
17. Open Hearth Fireplace
An open hearth fireplace is going to almost look like an old fashioned wood burning stove.
With an open hearth fireplace, you will be able to see a large area where the wood is designed to be burned.
Many of these are built into the wall of the home using stone or brick.
The open hearth fireplace tends to be an older feature in a home, and therefore it sometimes has a historical look to it.
With an open hearth fireplace, sometimes there are built in areas where the wood can be stored as well.
These fireplaces are meant to give off quite a bit of heat to the home.
Of course, with an open hearth fireplace like this, you are going to need to ensure that you have the proper chimney and ventilation.
Even with all the necessary precautions in place, it is still possible to get a lot of smoke in the home when using a fireplace like this.
Try and consider safety when lighting a fire, and always make sure that the chimney is cleaned periodically as well.
As great as a fireplace can be, it can also be a fire hazard and a danger for some people.
18. Free Standing Fireplace Log Set
A free standing fireplace can be used in a variety of locations.
The free standing fireplaces are typically electric, but there are other types that people enjoy using as well.
The idea of the free standing fireplace log set is that you can set this up in an area that works for your home.
Even if you don’t currently have a chimney or a fireplace, you can simply plug something like this in an area that works for your needs.
The free standing fireplace log set can be quite a bit cheaper than other options on the market as well.
As you can imagine, with the easy setup and smaller space, this is a good choice for those looking to add a fireplace to a bedroom or simply change the look of a room in the home.
Overall having a free standing fireplace is a unique idea and a way to quickly change the overall look of your home.
19. Ceiling Mount Hanging Fireplace
We often think that a fireplace must be supported from the bottom.
For those that are burning heavy wood, this is, of course, a necessity, but with the newer fireplace options on the market, this is not necessarily the case.
Many of these fireplaces are burning, gel, or a lightweight fuel.
Therefore it can make sense to have the chimney mounted to the ceiling have no base on it.
The ceiling mount hanging fireplace will have a very modern feel to it, and it may not work for all homes; however, it is an option to consider depending on your style.
20. 3 Sided Electric Fireplace
Depending on how the transition works between rooms in your home, a 3 sided fireplace could be a good option.
This unit will essentially allow you to see the fire from three sides.
Therefore if your dining room or kitchen is located close by, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the fire.
If you like to entertain and want to keep the house with an open look where everyone gets to enjoy the benefits of the fire, this 3 sided option could be a good choice.
21. Two Sided Fireplace
A two sided fireplace is installed between two rooms that are back to back.
Regardless of the room you are sitting in; you will still be able to see what the fire looks like.
The two sided fireplace is very clean looking and often has less restrictive views when looking into it.
Keep in mind that the two sided fireplaces are often made to be gas or electric.
Many people that have a living room and dining room that are next to each other will put in an option like this as a partition between the two rooms.
22. Fieldstone Fireplace
The fieldstone look is a style that will work for many traditional type homes.
These fieldstones around the fireplace insert are going to give an outdoorsy look that will make anyone feel at home.
A fieldstone fireplace is typically made with fake stones when it is an electric insert.
However, in a home, it is entirely possible that the fireplace is going to be made with true fieldstones.
Either way, this can be a great looking choice to consider for your next fireplace.
23. Remote Control Fireplace
If you have ever had a wood burning fireplace, you know how much trouble it can be to get the fire started.
You will often spend just as much time working on the fire as you will actually enjoying the fire.
Once you get the wood burning fire going, you have to maintain it and keep a close eye on it.
With a remote control fireplace, you simply press a button and start enjoying.
If this is more your style, make sure to go with the electric fireplace option that we have to recommend.
24. Traditional Wood Burning Fire
If you already have the chimney in your home and the setup for a traditional wood burning fire it is often easiest to stay with this option.
Start getting used to collecting wood and sticks from your yard and creating a woodpile.
Wood burning fires tend to go through a lot of wood, and you will have to keep them supplied if you want to continue using them for a long period of time.
The major downside of this type of fireplace is that it will not be easy to maintain.
In addition to babysitting the fire all the time, you will also have to clean up when all is said and done.
These fireplaces often leave a large pile of soot, and you may need to clean the chimney from time to time as well.
The overall maintenance of the wood burning fire is something that will make many people consider gas, electric, or gel fires instead.
It really comes down to what you are using the fire for and what appeals to you.
25. Concrete Fireplace Insert
Most of the fireplace units that you will come across will have more of a metal insert or look to them.
If you have some concrete surrounds on your fireplace, then the concrete fireplace insert could be a good idea.
Concrete fireplaces are becoming more popular because of their clean lines and modern look.
If you have some newer finishes in your home and you like things that sometimes don’t even have a mantle or keep things simple and clean, the concrete fireplace insert is a good choice.
As you can see from the list of options we have put together, there are quite a few different fireplaces that you can use for your home.
If you like one style over another, you can easily add it.
With the portability and technology of these new types of fireplaces, you can install one in more than one room in your home.