An Electric fireplace with a realistic flame???
Here's the deal. My husband wants a library with a fireplace with built in bookcases, reading chairs etc. The catch is the room size is only 11x 14 and is going to overheat quickly with a fire burning.
Option 1: A gas insert is made for an area 10 times the room size- even on simmer it can run 10 minutes or so before you overheat. We could vent the heat to a different room like the basement but at more expense. Cost $2,500-3,500
Option 2: A wood burning fireplace with gas logs will vent the heat outside. Inefficient but it works- although the new chimney will cause us to eliminate a window in my daughters room upstairs. Bummer in Oregon because light is at a premium. Cost $2,500 plus trim and stone, etc
Option 3: An electric fireplace or a ventless gel pac fuelled fireplace that is a tenth of the cost. They are smaller depths and our cabinet guy can build it in so it looks real. I hear the flames look better nowdays and how often is it really going to be used? A nice iron screen to camo the cheaper log set and it is faux fire. Cost $500
My husband thinks it will be cheesy and there is nowhere in Corvallis to see these fireplaces in action. Anyone love their electric or ventless fireplaces?