Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Lack Shelf Fireplace

I've always wanted a fireplace in my home. For months I searched for a wall-mount unit, but never settled on a place to put it. So instead of adding another item to the wall, I modifed something that was already there.

I bought a $100 stainless steel firebox on the eBay. It's designed for use with gelfuel, ethanol, or isopropyl alcohol and doesn't require venting. So I embedded the firebox into my existing Ikea Lack shelf.

Lack shelf and firebox

Outline of firebox traced onto blue tape

Hole cut in shelf - no turning back

It fits!

Not bad

Fire is good

The flames jump up to 18" or so, making it quite dramatic. The shelf gets hot on the underside after burning for a while, so I snuff it out after 20-30 minutes. To provide a degree of fireproofing, I chipped away all the dried glue inside the shelf and lined the interior cavity with aluminum foil.


  1. That is really cool! I'd be too scared to leave it alone for long but its still really, really cool! Do you mind if I link to your blog for my "Inspiration Thursday?"

  2. Hi Anny! Yes, of course. Feel free to link away!