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Electric fireplace: yay or nay?

Has anyone used electric fireplaces such as the one below, and if yes, what was your experience? Electricity consumption, possible maintenance etc? We don't have the real thing in the house, so looking for the possible alternatives. Thanks in advance.

http://www.leroymerlin.fr/v3/p/produ...-w-e1400765752
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Re: Electric fireplace: yay or nay?

I'd vote nay.

Now a qualifier - the electric fireplace I have experience of was a conversion from a real fireplace. The ILS decided that their lovely room-spanning fireplace was too much work and converted to electric. They regretted having done so rather quickly.

So bear in mind that I am contrasting the electric conversion to fond memories of the real thing.

Sterile. No cozy warm glow. No good for toasting marshmallows, making toasties (Hoosier raclette ) or keeping a jug of mulled cider warm. And no use whatsoever during an ice storm/blizzard/flood/tornado/plague of frogs and locust (Nowheresville IN, where natural disasters are a regular occurrence) when the power went out for days. In the end, the thing got switched on once or twice for Christmas photos and then left dark the rest of the time.

(As this was in the US, the costs are likely not relevant - but the electric was expensive to use. As opposed to pulling logs, from trees chopped down from the back forty, from the woodpile.)

Do you own the house? If so, would it be possible to put in a flue so that you could have an 'oven type' (franklin stove, Speckstein, etc.) put in?

What are your main reasons for wanting a fireplace? Ambience? Warmth? Creating a focus in the room? Why you want to put one in might determine if other alternatives could work for you.
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Re: Electric fireplace: yay or nay?

Only marginally better than a DVD of a fireplace, although the DVD has better audio.

Even a gas fire is kind of pointless unless that is the only way to heat the room.
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Re: Electric fireplace: yay or nay?

In my book an electric "fire"place is a bit like a vegan pork chop.
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Re: Electric fireplace: yay or nay?

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In my book an electric "fire"place is a bit like a vegan pork chop.
But you could probably cook one of those on an electric fireplace.
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Re: Electric fireplace: yay or nay?

Horrid looking thing - so a no from me.
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Re: Electric fireplace: yay or nay?

Thanks all for your answers.

Meloncollie, the reason we want to put in a fireplace (or rather an imitation of) is to simply create an ambience. Not looking to use it for heating, as our house is very efficient. I agree it will never look like the real thing, but I've been to various hotels with the electric fireplaces, and they looked rather chic.
We don't own the current property, and will be looking to buy our own in the next couple of years, so want to minimise the efforts for the time being.
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Re: Electric fireplace: yay or nay?

Digging up this thread because I saw some good-looking ethanol fireplaces available in the US, and I'm thinking something like that would be nice in our loggia (winter garden) during winter months. Otherwise, the room simply doesn't get used outside the warm months. I'm thinking that if we generate a bit of heat, then it may become a cozy place to have a cup of hot chocolate (or baileys and coffee) over Christmas.

Anyone have experience with the ethanol-powered kind over here?
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Re: Electric fireplace: yay or nay?

absolute nay from me. better to have oven fireplace, e.g. swedish fileplace.
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Re: Electric fireplace: yay or nay?

I'd go bioethanol if you don't have a chimney/flue
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Re: Electric fireplace: yay or nay?

I looked at them to put in our normal fireplace as a quick option in spring/autumn without the cleaning hassle of wood.

Trouble is, they give out hardly any heat, and also because they don't give an IR glow all the heat they do produce goes straight up; I suspect you'd get cold feet, a simple fan heater would be a better option.

The also don't offer much ambience - no crackling, and the flames are quite dim.
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Re: Electric fireplace: yay or nay?

Anybody have a recommendation on bio-ethanol burner? Place to browse/buy? I'm looking for a free standing thing as an patio heater / ornament.


Galaxus for example has a little tabletop one 30cm long for ~50chf .. But the next price increment is well over a grand. Must be something inbetween
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