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Best Wall Mounted Fireplace

By Lawrence Macmillan August 15, 2021

Does your living room feel like it’s missing something? A large art piece? No, that’s too stagnant. A large television? No, it already has one. You know what it is. You want a fireplace.

You don't need to have a chimney or specific brickwork to have a fireplace anymore, as long as you have a large enough spare wall.

A fireplace on an otherwise plank dining room wall will give your home an air of sophistication and warmth (a hard combination). A fireplace on your living room wall will tell your guests that you are adventurous and outdoorsy.

A fireplace can bring a touch of nature and change in a world where we barely leave our homes and cannot get close enough to the outside world.

Today we will show you the 5 best wall mounted fireplaces. Also, we will teach you all you need to know about these fireplaces first.

We want you to feel confident in any purchase you make, so when the beauty feature piece is set up, you won’t have a doubt in your mind. 

Ethanol Eco-Feu Santa Cruz - Flueless

The Santa Cruz collection is a classic and long, delicate fireplace perfect for indoor and outdoor use. Creating a sense of luxury in whichever area of your home you want it in.

When we say, “whichever” we mean it. Installing this wall mounted fireplace only takes 15 minutes and doesn’t need any gas or electric connection. This is because it uses liquid ethanol to start the fire, so you don’t need your gas supply to be connected.

If you’re wondering where the excess goes, for example carbon monoxide, then you wouldn’t be the first. The Santa Cruz isn’t designed to heat up your whole home.

It shouldn’t even be used to heat up your room. This wall mounted fireplace is a decorative piece above all else.

The upside to this is that the amount of carbon dioxide released into the fair is the same amount as a human breath, making it safe to use without a ventilation system.

The flame that's created is large, vibrant, and burns for 5 to 7 hours with no maintenance needed. A perfectly easy wall mounted fireplace.

Pros:

  • 15 Minute Installation
  • Indoor or Outdoor Use
  • No Gas or Electric Connection Needed
  • Real Flame
  • Last 5 - 7 Hours
  • Portable

Cons:

  • Doesn’t Heat A Room Well
  • Needed Refillable Liquid Ethanol

 

R.W.FLAME  - Electric

The R.W.Flame is an electric wall mounted fireplace, so again you don’t need to tear down your walls to get the aesthetic you want.

However, because it’s electric, you won’t be getting a real flame either, but who cares about a real flame when the picture is so good! 

There are 12 flame modes that match the LED flame bed, and you can choose 5 flame speeds and 5 flame levels of brightness, so you have true control over your fire and the atmosphere. If the flames are put on automatic, the design changes through the modes seamlessly and naturally.

The fireplace can warm up to 400 square feet, which is more than enough for most homes. 

You are also given a remote control to manipulate the flames with ease. The whole design is super user-friendly. As with almost everything electric, the idea is to make everything easy and accessible to you, and the R.W.Flame does just that!

Pros:

  • Electric Wall Mounted Fireplace
  • Portable
  • Can Heat a 400ft Square Room
  • Easy To Install
  • Maximum Control

Cons:

  • Not A Real Flame
  • Visible Cables

 

Decoflame Atlantic Tower - Flueless

The Atlantic Tower is an elegant wall mounted fireplace. It is made from aluminum, stainless steel, and hardened glass. The minimalist design allows you to appreciate the flame instead of any decorative rocks or colorful lights. 

This decorative piece is perfect for smaller rooms, like kitchens, bathrooms, or large hallways. 

You can easily adjust the flame’s intensity through a leveler on the side to make it taller, shorter, or more vibrant.

Again you don’t need a chimney as the low level intensity of the flames doesn’t create enough carbon dioxide to be harmful to breathe. Despite the low intensity, the tempered glass screen ensures that you will get an even and effective heat in the room.

Ideally, the wall mounted fireplace should be at least 1 meter away from the ceiling, floor, and side ornaments like curtains. This is because the glass screen only covered the front of the Atlantic Tower, creating a sleek look with open sides.

Pros:

  • No Gas or Electric Connection Needed
  • Real Flame
  • Up to 12 Hours
  • Heats Up A Small Room

Cons:

  • Needed Refillable Liquid Ethanol
  • Open Sides

 

Touchstone - Electric 

The Touchstone is an amazingly realistic electric fireplace. There are fake logs and crystals in its viewing center that the “flames” dance around to create a warm and cozy environment.

With two heat options, the Touchstone can heat up a 400 square ft room in both chilly and freezing temperatures. Along with those options are 5 levels of flame brightness so you can have a low ember light all the way up to a blazing light.

The installation is simple. All you need is an outlet to connect it to. As with any electric wall mounted fireplace, this might create an ugly eye-sour if you don’t have a conveniently close socket or a cable cover.

Check out these cable covers if you need something to keep your wall mounted electric fireplace looking sharp. 

The Touchstone has a super efficient auto shutoff which you can set up on the fireplace itself or through the remote control. The auto shut off can be set for 30 minutes all the way up to 7.5 hours. 

Pros:

  • Electric Wall Mounted Fireplace
  • Can Heat a 400ft Square Room
  • Easy To Install
  • Maximum Control
  • Auto Shut Off Timer

Cons:

  • Not A Real Flame
  • Visible Cables

 

Eco-Feu Wynn - Flueless

The Wynn is another decorative wall mount that is used both indoors and outdoors. The smooth flame sings “luxury” as it heats up your living space.

Again the installation time is a speedy 15 minutes, and you don’t need to connect it to an outlet or a gas line.

All you need to do is pour in liquid Ethanol through the funnel provided. Try to keep to the instructed amount, but the Wynn is equipped with flame regulation technology, so you won’t accidentally burn down your home.

The beautiful and natural fire can burn for around 5 hours with just one fill of the bioethanol fuel, which might not sound like a lot compared to the electronic fireplaces, but it is the perfect amount of time for one day. 

Because the Wynn can go indoors or outdoors and has a quick installation time, the wall mount fireplace is considered to be portable, which is perfect for a no-maintenance addition to your home. 

The flames are natural, large, and vibrant, so this beautiful and straightforward fireplace will capture any viewer’s eye.

Pros:

  • No Gas or Electric Connection Needed
  • Real Flame
  • Up to 6 Hours
  • Heats Up A Small Room

Cons:

  • Needed Refillable Liquid Ethanol

 

Buyer's Guide - What You Need To Know Before You Buying a Wall Mounted Fireplace

Before placing an order, you should think about these features below. What makes sense for you, your home, and your aesthetic.

Make notes so that you can bring that knowledge with you when you get around to buying the wall mounted fireplace of your dreams! Or better yet, bookmark this page!

How High Should A Wall Mounted Fireplace Be?

Any wall mounted fireplace will have installation requirements for you to look at. This is so that the vents have enough room to give out heat. 

Most people want their fireplace at eye level when they are sitting. Depending on your height and your preference, this tends to be around 40-42 inches from the floor. 

If you would rather have the fireplace mounted between the floor and your TV, then you first need to make sure that the fireplace you are looking at doesn’t have vents that let out hot air from the top.

If it does, it will melt or harm your TV. After that, you should measure the equal distance between the floor and the TV to get the appropriate level for your fireplace.

Remember that wherever you put the fireplace, the installation guide should be taken into account.

Electric Wall Mounted Fireplaces - Pros and Cons

Generally speaking, there are three types of wall mounted fireplaces. Electric, Gas and “Flueless”. We will discuss what “Flueless” means in a moment, but first, we should start with the most common type; electric. 

Electric wall mounted fireplaces are the easiest to install and need no maintenance from you. They are the perfect choice for someone who wants the atmosphere a fire gives but doesn’t want to deal with the clean up, dig into their wall, or worry about leaving it on.

This also means that if you move house, you can take the fireplace with you!

Because there is no gas, the electric fireplace will be better for the environment and won’t need a yearly carbon monoxide leak check.

The downside is that you don’t get a real flame.

Pros:

  • Easy To Instal
  • Easy To Maintain
  • Better For The Environment
  • No Chimney Needed

Cons:

  • Not A Real Flame

Gas Wall Mounted Fireplaces Pros and Cons

Unfortunately, most gas fireplaces, mounted or not, still need a chimney to get rid of harmful products like carbon monoxide. If you don’t already have a chimney, then a qualified gas fire installer needs to make one for you. 

This doesn’t mean that you need to knock down a wall. A small fitting will work just as well, as long as the gas can escape. 

You will need to have either your old chimney or your new one assessed to be safe first. This might include the assessor suggesting a chimney liner to prevent carbon monoxide leaks. 

Gas is the cheapest fuel for fireplaces, unlike electricity, so your bills won't be super high. You will also get a beautiful and natural flame to really bring warmth and peace to your home.

Pros:

  • Real Flame
  • Cheap To Run

Cons:

  • Needs A Chimney
  • High Installation Cost

Flueless Wall Mounted Fireplaces Pros and Cons

If the idea of creating a chimney has put you off buying a wall mounted fireplace, then let me pull you back in. “Flueless” fireplaces are fireplaces without a “flue” or a chimney. They use gas but have the waste products, like carbon monoxide, released back into your gas supply. 

This means that you will still need some work to set up the gas connection, but it will be easier, quicker, and less expensive than installing a chimney. 

Again you should contact a Gas Safe Engineer to do this work for you because you don’t want to make any mistakes around carbon monoxide.

Once you’re fitted, you’ll have a real fire in your home that is way more efficient than any other gas fireplace. This is because there is nowhere for the heat to escape apart from the vents. This means 100% of the heat created through the flames will be given to you!

Pros:

  • No Chimney Needed
  • Most Efficient Mounted Fireplace
  • Real Flame
  • Cheapest To Run

Cons:

  • Needs Building Requirements

How Much Heat Does A Wall Mounted Fireplace Produce?

If you want your fireplace to be more than just a decoration piece, then you should be looking at fireplaces that produce at least 4,500 BTU. BTU means British Thermal Units, and it measures the amount of heat being produced.

Ideally, you won't want more than 10,000 BTU with a wall mounted fireplace, but it would be rare for a fireplace to reach that level. 

The best bracket to go by is between 5,000 BTU and 6,000 BTU. This will definitely keep the room warm but should also keep your home warm too.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Wall Mounted Fireplaces Give Off Heat?

Yes,  most of them do! Check the product description or the manual to see if your wall mounted fireplace is just for the visual effect or is a heater too.

All gas and flueless wall mounted fireplaces will give off at least a little heat, but if you want to make sure you’re giving off enough, aim for a 5,000 BTU at least.

Can I Leave My Electric Fireplace On All Night?

Yes, because electric fireplaces don’t produce carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide, which we find toxic.

That being said, it is always best to turn off the fireplace whenever it is not in use to stop it from overheating. Most fireplaces have an auto-stop timer, so search for that in your manual.

Can I Plug An Electric Fireplace Into A Regular Outlet?

Yes, depending on the wattage. Most wall mounted fireplaces are small enough to be designed for a regular outlet, but some are so large and powerful that they need their own circuit.

If your electric fireplace is over 1,500 watts, then it may need its own power source.

Does It Cost a lot To Run an Electric Fireplace?

The answer will change year to year and state to state, but just so you grasp how cheap electric fireplaces are, the average electric fireplace will cost you 18 cents per hour to run.

Do Electric Fireplaces Need To Be Vented?

No, they do not. This is because they do not create any carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, or other harmful toxins that gas, wood, coal, or any other types of fireplaces produce. With no toxins in the air, there is no need for a vent.

Is It Cheaper To Run a Gas or Electric Fireplace?

Electric fireplaces are the cheapest to install, but gas fireplaces are the cheapest to run. 

Can You Turn A Ventless Fireplace Into A Vented One?

Unfortunately, no. The methods between ventless and vented fireplaces are the foundation of the design. Ventless fireplaces are designed not to need ventilation, and vented fireplaces need the ventilation to expel toxins. Interfering with these structures will break your fireplace.

Instead, you will need a new fireplace.

Are Electric Fireplaces Bad For Your Health?

Generally no. The worst fireplaces for your health are wood fireplaces. This is because they produce ash which can upset respiratory illnesses like asthma, and they can also cause your throat and lungs to become irritated. 

Electric fireplaces do not produce toxic chemicals, so there is no risk to your health.


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