There’s no denying – a cozy fire is inherent to the ambiance of a log cabin or timber frame getaway. Whether a sleek fixture paired with soaring timbers or a river-rock-studded hearth set against large logs, some sort of fire feature is a must in a wood home.
The idea is simple, and nearly as old as time, but in today’s market, options abound. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure affair: Built-in, insert or freestanding? Wood-burning, gas or electric? Indoors or out (or both!)? Thanks to modern technology, you can even pick the color of your flame. These answers will largely be guided by your property’s unique situation, but to spark your inspiration, we’ve corralled some of the standout designs for today’s homes and lifestyles.
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Ashley Hearth Products 2,500 sq. ft. Wood-Burning Stove
A free-standing, wood-burning stove is a classic for cabins, but don’t be fooled by this stove’s old-timey look. This EPA-certified model from Ashley Hearth Products can heat up to 2,500 square feet using logs up to 21 inches, which result in longer burn times. (Meaning you will spend less time stoking the heat and more time enjoying it!)
Heatilator See-Through Gas Fireplace
Starting at $5,127, heatilator.com
In the open floor plans log and timber frame homes enjoy, it makes economic sense to heat two spaces with one fireplace. Two-sided options, like this gas fireplace from Heatilator, double the ambiance and make for a luxurious way to connect one space to the other. No matter which room you’re in, controlling the fire is easy with a touch-screen remote, wall switch or even an app on your phone.
The Orion Multi
Starting at $5,499, modernflames.com
This dynamic electric virtual option from Modern Flames creates the illusion of a real blaze using the company’s new Heliovision™ flame technology that results in a super-realistic 3D fire while saving energy. A hand-painted log set and ambient crackling bolster the real-deal look and feel, while three flame styles, six flame colors and three flame speeds mean you’re in full control of the ambiance.
Ameriwood Home Farmington Electric Fireplace TV Console
This clever console-fireplace combo more than earns its keep, offering coziness and storage that’s perfect for small spaces. Available in a variety of finishes, the electric fireplace insert creates an inviting, realistic flame and can even warm a room up to 400 square feet. On top, the console can accommodate TVs up to 50 inches wide and you’ll find plenty of storage for cabin games and movies on either side.
Lloyd Modern Gel Fuel Fireplace
We’d be remiss to forget the great outdoors, a key part of the log and timber home lifestyle. If you don’t already have an outdoor fireplace, it’s not too late to enjoy the crackle of a warm fire under the stars – without a big renovation. This handy, mid-century-inspired unit is safe to use indoors or out thanks to its reliance on gel fuel that is both clean burning and smoke free. It produces 9,000 BTUs of heat and boasts 7-inch flames that crackle. Available in a variety of design-minded colors, this is perfect for those who like to entertain (and rearrange).
The Perfect Accessory
Every fireplace deserves accessories with just as much style. Shop some of our favorites here:
Pheasant Andirons, $299, Frontgate.com
Memoire Single Panel Iron Fireplace Screen, $337, Wayfair.com
Antler Fireplace Tools With Brush, $260, Blackforestdecor.com