Why relegate the pleasures of a crackling firelight to just one room of the house? This framed flame from Spark Modern Fires—which burns natural gas or propane at 95 percent efficiency, negating the need for a vent—slots into the wall, letting it cast a warm hue in at least two directions.
The ideal choice for a portable, outdoor fireplace solution. It’s fueled by denatured ethanol, an environmentally friendly, renewable energy. It has a stainless steel box base and tempered glass top. Requires little maintenance and provides plenty of heat.
The ideal choice for a portable fireplace solution. It’s fueled by denatured ethanol, an environmentally friendly, renewable energy. It has a stainless steel firebox, requires little maintenance, and is flueless so the heat stays inside. Available in white or black.
- The colder months don't have to be all about cozy all the time, some of us may prefer the sleek, minimal look year-round.
Dimentions: 14.2" H x 15.4" dia.
Weight: 7.6 pounds
Bodum’s Fyrkat is a modern, playful update of the quintessential mini grill, the Weber Smokey Joe (see above). With its streamlined base, it’s even easier to assemble. The grill comes in standard black, but there are also more colorful choices, like orange, red, and green.
The big, easy-to-grip silicone handle stays cool as the barbecue heats up—–but its size makes for a silhouette not quite as hot. The enamel coating is prone to chipping. We managed to put a nice gouge in the side of our Fyrkat’s lid, so be warned: Handle with care.
Bioethanol fuel—a semi-renewable resource made from common crops—powers this backyard heat source.
Dimentions: 11" H x 10.8" dia.
Weight: 3 pounds
A superfluous feature is not to be found on this barbecue. It’s super sleek and super light, weighing in at just three pounds. This grill is easy to move and so is its cooking grate. The handle lets you turn the surface and your patties over hot spots, then angles up to act as an edge for flipping.
Get ready for slow cooking. The barbecuing surface sits six inches above the charcoal grate, and there’s no lid to trap the heat. The Bucket Grill’s legs (not shown) prop its base just inches above the ground. The necessary investment in a comfy camper chair might negate its low price.
Dimentions: 6.3" H x 12" dia.
Weight: 9.9 pounds
White walls and wood accents—what more could a modernist desire? The only grill in our roundup designed for tabletop use, it features a built-in heat blocker that keeps its base cool and your table from getting singed (just watch your fingers at the top of its ceramic exterior).
The tight space between the charcoal and cooking grates means you must carefully spread out no more than a single layer of briquettes to avoid food-ash contact. At $360, we expected top-notch materials, but after just one grilling and wash-up, the stainless steel bowl took on a coppery hue