fire of imagination

Many home­own­ers dream of hav­ing a fire­place. Real, cozy, near which it is so pleas­ant to sit, watch­ing the cheer­ful flash­es of flame and crack­ling logs. But, unfor­tu­nate­ly, a wood-burn­ing fire­place in a mod­ern apart­ment build­ing — a lux­u­ry that can be afford­ed only in spe­cial sit­u­a­tions. An excel­lent alter­na­tive to it will be a mod­ern elec­tric mod­el

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1. Sofie elec­tric fire­place in a clas­sic frame.
2. Hearth Eugene (Real Flame).

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3, 4. Elec­trofire­places with por­tals designed in a mod­ern spir­it: mod­el “Asto­ria” (Glen­rich), por­tal — wenge tree (550 $) (3); Wag­n­er item assem­bled with Eugene hearth (Real Flame) (410 $) (4).
5. Fire­place “Atlant” (Glen­rich), por­tal — wenge tree (650 $). 6. Fire­place from the Clas­sik series, equipped with a Luton por­tal (Real Flame) (400 $).

The instal­la­tion process of the device takes only a few min­utes. It is enough to unpack it, put it near the wall or hang it on it and con­nect the pow­er sup­ply through a stan­dard pow­er out­let. The pow­er con­sump­tion of elec­tric fire­places, as a rule, does not exceed 2 kW, so re-equip­ment of the house elec­tri­cal net­work is not required.

4 criteria for choosing an electric fireplace

one. Flame qual­i­ty. Per­haps this is the main cri­te­ri­on — the flame should be pleas­ing to the eye. Opti­cal and sound effects are also wel­come. — flash­ing sparks, crack­ling logs andt.P.
2. Type of fire­place and por­tal. Their design should match the style of the room. Clas­sic Eng­lish, Swedish min­i­mal­ism, mod­ern hi-tech, cozy Art Deco — it all depends on the inte­ri­or.
3. Dimen­sions. When select­ing a mod­el, you can apply the “tele­vi­sion rule”: the dis­tance from the observ­er to the fire­place should be three — five diag­o­nals of the “screen”.
four. Heat­ing. Are you going to use the elec­tric fire­place only for addi­tion­al room heat­ing? Then look for a device with a “fire shut­down” that can work as a heater.

Many-faced hearth

The main struc­tur­al ele­ment of an elec­tric fire­place is a hearth or fire­place insert. This node is respon­si­ble for cre­at­ing the illu­sion of a flame. It looks dif­fer­ent: as a sep­a­rate hearth (logs or coal on a cast-iron grate-base) or as a hearth with coals and logs, but installed in a met­al cas­sette. The dec­o­ra­tive frame fram­ing the hearth is called a por­tal (an addi­tion­al ele­ment). In many mod­els, the body of the cas­sette-hearth plays the role of the por­tal. ATDe­pend­ing on the design, the devices on the mar­ket can be divid­ed into a num­ber of cat­e­gories.

- Non-sep­a­ra­ble fire­places with a por­tal, pro­duced as a ready-made kit. These devices can be made in the spir­it of clas­sics or high-tech. ATin the lat­ter case, a rack for TVs or oth­er equip­ment some­times acts as a por­tal for an elec­tric fire­place.

Elec­tric fire­places have many advan­tages, for exam­ple, ease of oper­a­tion (no need to clean ash and soot) or cost: on sale you can find assem­bled mod­els for only 100–150$.

- Fire­places with a sep­a­rate­ly select­ed por­tal. ATof them, the fire­place insert has strict­ly spec­i­fied dimen­sions, accord­ing to which it is easy to choose a por­tal. The lat­ter out­ward­ly do not dif­fer from the wood-burn­ing fire­places used for dec­o­ra­tion. You can choose a wood­en por­tal in the Eng­lish spir­it, a frame made of stone (gran­ite, sand­stone, tuff, mar­ble) for a mod­el in the neo­clas­si­cal or, say, Empire style. Of course, man­u­fac­tur­ers of elec­tric fire­places are not bound by the require­ments to use mate­ri­als that are not afraid of open fire, so more ele­gant fin­ish­es are allowed, for exam­ple, in the form of wood­en lac­quered sur­faces, veneered MDF andothers

Some­times an elec­tric fire­place insert is installed in a con­ven­tion­al fire­place if for some rea­son it is not desir­able to use it with a real fire. The main thing is that the geo­met­ric dimen­sions of the insert and the fire­place make it pos­si­ble to make the sym­bio­sis aes­thet­ic.

- Devices sim­u­lat­ing free-stand­ing stoves.

- Hinged wall fire­places. Most often they are made in high-tech style.

In addi­tion to the design style and design, elec­tric fire­places dif­fer in the size of the front screen fire­box. The stan­dard screen diag­o­nal is 25–30 inch­es, there are also mod­els with a fire­box rang­ing in size from 35–36 inch­es. Of course, the larg­er the diag­o­nal, the more expen­sive the prod­uct. If an aver­age-sized fire­place in assem­bled form can be pur­chased for 10–200 $, then lux­u­ri­ous mod­els with a fire­box of 35–36 inch­es will cost at least 3–4 times more.

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10. Mod­el Sofie 26 with a por­tal in a clas­sic style (Real Flame) (500 $)
11. Wall kit Kyoto Bam­boo (Alex Bau­man) (210 $).
12. Hinged wall-mount­ed fire­place Bur­bank (Dim­plex) (830 $)

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13. Floor mod­el Sto­ry Black (Alex Bau­man) (6700rub.).
14. Out­door fire­place-stove Supe­ri­or (Real Flame) (55$).
15. A prod­uct with a clas­sic Venice por­tal (Alex Bau­man) (460 $)

How electric fire works

There are sev­er­al tech­nolo­gies for sim­u­lat­ing a burn­ing flame. The most wide­spread today are electro­mechan­i­cal struc­tures with a rotat­ing drum with sparkles and oth­er reflec­tive ele­ments that cre­ate a whim­si­cal play of light reflec­tions. Sim­i­lar mod­els are pre­sent­ed in the col­lec­tions of Glen­rich, Alex Bau­man, Elec­trolux, Real Flame and a num­ber of oth­er man­u­fac­tur­ers. The electro­mechan­i­cal design is com­ple­ment­ed by LED illu­mi­na­tion of coals and the inner walls of the hearth, oth­er opti­cal and sound effects are also used (for exam­ple, crack­ling of burn­ing fire­wood).

Oth­er ways to sim­u­late fire are offered by Glen Dim­plex. For exam­ple, in Opti-Myst tech­nol­o­gy, the water vapor gen­er­at­ed by the ultra­son­ic steam gen­er­a­tor plays a key role. The steam is illu­mi­nat­ed by col­ored LEDs, and its tur­bu­lent swirls are per­ceived as flames. A sim­i­lar 3D Fog tech­nol­o­gy is pro­vid­ed in Alex Bau­man fire­places. Opti‑V tech­nol­o­gy is based on the use of built-in LED-pan­els depict­ing fire “in the record­ing” (videos can be changed). ATThe new devel­op­ment of Glen Dim­plex, Opti‑V 2 tech­nol­o­gy, scat­ter­ing sparks are added to the flames. Such a flame looks like a real one, but a mod­el with Opti‑V and Opti‑V 2 tech­nolo­gies costs sev­er­al times more than oth­er types of elec­tric fire­places. Let’s say the price of the Dim­plex Opti‑V insert is about 1300$, while the Opti‑V 2 insert will cost 230 thou­sand rubles.

Fireplace as … humidifier

A fire­place using water vapor tech­nol­o­gy also func­tions as a humid­i­fi­er. When choos­ing such a device, be sure to check its per­for­mance and the vol­ume of the water tank. ATsome mod­els of a full tank are enough for 10–12hours of work in inten­sive mode, in oth­ers — only 3–4h. It is desir­able that the tank is as spa­cious as pos­si­ble and does not have to be filled sev­er­al times a day.

Many tech­nolo­gies have dis­ad­van­tages. So, electro­mechan­i­cal rotat­ing struc­tures in some mod­els pro­duce a weak but notice­able noise. There­fore, it is bet­ter to choose elec­tric fire­places in silence. BUTul­tra­son­ic steam gen­er­a­tors need reg­u­lar main­te­nance. ATthey must be filled with dis­tilled water. ATOther­wise, a whitish coat­ing will form on the objects sur­round­ing the steam gen­er­a­tor. The lat­ter, of course, can be cleaned man­u­al­ly, but it is still bet­ter not to pro­voke the appear­ance of plaque.

Many mod­ern fire­places have dif­fer­ent oper­at­ing modes. For exam­ple, burn­ing with dif­fer­ent inten­si­ties (from bare­ly notice­able tongues to a large flame) or a smol­der­ing embers mode. Tech­ni­cal­ly more advanced fire­places are usu­al­ly equipped with remote con­trols to make the oper­a­tion of the appli­ances as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble.

Fire­place acces­sories — a spe­cial kind of prod­ucts that serve to dec­o­rate the inte­ri­or and give the elec­tric hearth greater reli­a­bil­i­ty

No mat­ter what tech­nol­o­gy is respon­si­ble for sim­u­lat­ing fire, the main thing is that it looks real­is­tic. Every detail mat­ters — hearth with soot and soot stains, fire­wood, coals, por­tal, acces­sories. The only way to be sure — inde­pen­dent­ly choose a fire­place and eval­u­ate its work.

Elec­tric fire­places can be not only dec­o­ra­tive, but also per­form more prac­ti­cal tasks for heat­ing a room. The heat­ing pow­er of most prod­ucts is 1–2 kW, so they can be used as the main source of heat in cold weath­er in sum­mer, and in win­ter — as an extra. This fea­ture is easy to turn off, and the fire­place will sim­u­late a flame, but not warm. ATad­vanced mod­els, such as Mon­tana WT FS33IR Luc­ca suite (Real Flame), the pack­age also includes a ther­mo­stat that allows you to auto­mat­i­cal­ly main­tain a cer­tain tem­per­a­ture in the room.

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