Spark Modern Fires. Instead of a firebox with opaque back and side surfaces, the Fire Ribbon is now available as a two- or three-sided see-through fireplace. The two-sided model embeds within a wall so the ribbon of flame can be enjoyed from adjoining rooms, such as a bedroom and bathroom or living room and kitchen. In a peninsula installation, a third visible side lets viewers enjoy the fire from multiple angles. 866.938.3846. www.sparkfires.com.
Dimplex. Easy to install with minimal trade involvement, Optiflame electric fireplaces have a 100% efficiency rating, zero emissions, and limited energy consumption. With a self-trimming firebox in a herring-bone brick design, Optiflame fireplaces are available in 33-, 39-, and 45-inch firebox sizes and as 120-volt or 240-volt units. A remote control and wall-mount thermostat are available as options. 519.650.3630. www.optiflame.com.
Stone Forest. Create a custom fireplace surround with the help of Stone Forest. All mantels are made to order and can be fabricated in any size and in most of the stones the maker works with. Designs range from traditional, such as the 60-inch-wide beige granite surround, shown, to contemporary floating slabs in polished black granite. 888.682.2987. www.stoneforest.com.
Lennox Hearth Products. The expanded chassis on the Crestline B-vent gas fireplace has the largest open hearth viewing area among B-vent products, the maker says. The bold 28-inch-tall opening and brawny log set offer an expansive look, yet the unit's 36- and 42-inch sizes allow it to fit into the space commonly used for traditional factory-built fireplaces. The B-vent style will appeal to environmentally conscious homeowners and those in areas where wood-burning fireplaces are prohibited. Choose from natural or propane gas models. 800.953.6669. www.lennoxhearthproducts.com.
Fireplace Xtrordinair. Let adjoining rooms share warmth and light with the new See-Thru and Pier fireplaces. The two-sided See-Thru fireplace offers 2,100 square inches of viewing area, while the peninsula-style Pier (shown) offers more than 2,700 square inches. Each model provides up to 60,000 BTUs of heat output, and both come with handheld thermostat controls. The grilleless and louverless designs are available with numerous custom options, including colonial, arabesque, or wrought iron andirons; numerous firebox liner designs; an overhead light package; and a detailed eight-piece log set. 866.492.7169. www.fireplacex.com.