At ICFF: Hearth Cabinet’s Ventless Fireplaces
Fanciers of fireplaces who avoid contemplating their installation because they expect a complicated and costly process can access the products of Hearth Cabinet, which makes luxury ventless fireplaces and was on hand at the New York City-held ICFF show last week at the Javits Center to demo its range of models. This company’s fireplaces do not require a chimney, or the ventilation normally required for them to function.
Company principal Arthur Lasky says the fireplaces, which are totally self-contained and do not require assembly, are fueled by single-use, pre-filled, gel alcohol cartridges that generate 5,000 BTUs and have a life of approximately two to two-and-a-half hours. They are “more like an appliance – they don’t incur any construction costs, and don’t need a flue, wood, a gas line or electricity,” he explains. Besides residential applications, the fireplaces are said to be ideal for use in residential lobbies and are even in use in some hotels’ rooms.
The company offers both standard and custom designs and the models are suitable for standalone use or built-in installation; they are secured with four screws to a floor, subfloor or prepared base. The company also says they are an ideal solution to retrofit into an older, non-functioning fireplace, circumventing the need for costly masonry work or flue inspection and repairs.
Safety features include a top-hinged, locking front safety door design with a rigid mesh screen to prevent unintentional access to the flame, and the built-in cartridge holder prevents tipping or leaking, says the company.