The cast canopy over the electric firebox and the colored enamel painting on the embossed ceramic screen were made in the style of U.Morris (Landsdown,
Cylindrical potbelly stove with glass doors and electric filling. Design- in the image of stoves, popular in American city apartments of the late XIXcentury (Manhattan,
Corner options for electric fireplaces are very common. They are compact, fit easily into the interior, occupying low-functional corners, and have comfortable deep shelves (Georgia,
An electric stove can be effectively decorated with a carmine enamel coating and a podium slab made of granular “coffee” marble. Sparks run through the coals behind the glass, heat flows from the radiator (Milano,
The electric furnace, made in the form of a cast-iron potbelly stove, is simply placed in the fireplace portal (Weymouth,
One of the most popular models of electric fireplace- Egleton (BERLEY)
The carved wooden frame of the electric fireplace can be decorated with consoles, giving it architectural forms in classic English style (Romsey, THEGALLERY)
This story is about how the classic “family hearth”, warm and luminous, reappeared in the apartment of a modern city dweller. But instead of fire- electricity. ATIn general, we will talk about an electric fireplace.
From ancient times, the hearth was the center of the dwelling. Everyone gathered around him, from young to old,- he warmed, cooked food, attracted the eye and calmed the soul. Nothing can replace him- no stove, no battery, no TV. Now, when it is almost impossible to install a real fireplace or stove in an apartment, our primitive craving for fire can be quenched by new generation electric fireplaces.
An electric fireplace differs from a simple fan heater or radiator in that the main component of the “live” charm is added to the heat emanating from it.- moving picture of fire. ATan illusory firebox hidden behind a transparent screen burns an illusory fire- skillful optical imitation of a flame. Of course, a real flame in a wood or coal fireplace is even more attractive, but the creation and maintenance of such a hearth, especially in the city, requires a lot of care, time and money. BUTfor 99.9% of city apartments “full-fledged” fireplace- the same unrealizable dream as, for example, a swimming pool or a wine cellar.
Punching a chimney (possible, by the way, only in apartments on the top floors) is associated not only with the problem of obtaining the appropriate permit. This is expensive and difficult construction work with all the attendant inconveniences. BUTan electric fireplace does not create any inconvenience: bought, brought and plugged into the outlet. Where in an average, small city apartment to store firewood, coal or briquettes? And what to do during redevelopment, if the functional purpose of the room changes and the fireplace needs to be moved to another place? Re-pierce the chimney and lay the old one? A electric fireplace- moved to another outlet and pressed the button. If the chimney is made with errors, then when the fireplace is ignited, a reverse draft may occur, and bitter smoke will creep into the room. BUTby the electric fireplace- no smoke. Odesire to kindle a wood-burning fireplace in the apartment with warmon a summer evening (just for comfort) it is better to forget, because even one burnt logIt’s an uncomfortable heat. BUTthe electric fireplace can be put in the “no heat” mode so that the “tongues of flame” only flicker …
The air flow comes from the electric fireplace at a low speed, does not raise or mix dust, and ensures an even distribution of heat from top to bottom. The device operates silently. The movement of the “flame” behind the illuminated screen never repeats and looks very realistic, especially with the latest generation of electric hearths. All these properties make the electric fireplace indispensable in city apartments, but not only. It is good for country houses and summer cottages, where there is no chimney yet and no stove has been installed. ATin some cases it is safer and more aesthetic than a potbelly stove, you do not need to harvest firewood, buy coal, and very little energy is spent.
Electrofoci: models, device, options
Depending on the design, electric fireplaces are divided into four types:
one.Fireplaces with facing in the form of a decorative portal, similar to the portal of wood-burning fireplaces. They are placed close to the wall.
2.Freestanding electric fireplace stoves (their prototype- cast-iron, cast, wood-burning stoves with doors and a pipe that leads outside the room).
3.Fireplace baskets (also freestanding, imitate metal baskets from iron strips or rods- firewood filled with smoldering coals or logs).
four.Compact cabinet fireplaces built into the wall.
Each model includes a decorative imitation of a grate, a fuel combustion chamber (ash chamber), artificial (“charred”, “smoldering”) firewood or pieces of real black coal and a moving, flickering “flame”.
The hearths of different companies differ from each other both in appearance and in the nature of the imitation of live fire. Fake fuel is made of stamped plastic, tinted and painted by hand. Thus, either half-burnt logs or a scattering of charcoal are depicted. Manufacturers offer “firewood” that is at different stages of “burning out”- frombarely touched by the flames to crumbling into smoldering pieces. When choosing an electric fireplace, you need to be more meticulous about the naturalness of the type of “logs”: since the painting of each of them is unique, some samples turn out to be a more successful imitation, others less so. The “firewood” looks best when the fireplace is working: the entire translucent plastic structure is illuminated from the inside by a moving red light. Andnow the “firewood” lights up just like real ones and begins to come to life- moving sparks run through them, the coals either glow, then cool, covered with gray ash, then flare up again, gradually glowing red-hot. ATsome models use real black coal instead of “firewood”, illuminated from below by the same flickering, shuddering scarlet light. The main achievement of recent developments- an extremely skillful imitation of a flame located in the depths of the hearth, behind the “firewood”.
If you dismantle the fireplace and look with Pinocchio’s curiosity what is inside, behind the magic screen, you will have to be disappointed: the “fire” is made of shreds of silk, a fan, ordinary lamps, mirrors, an electric motor and red filters (almost like an artificial bonfire on a theater stage). Sometimes “tongues of flame” are cut from a thin metal foil that flutters under a fan and, colored with red light, is reflected in a system of mirrors. If you adjust the speed of the electric motor and the strength of the glow of the lamps, the “fire” either begins to flutter quickly, “flare”, then, on the contrary, calms down and subsides. ATin general, the electric fireplace is able to match our mood, it can be controlled by turning the regulator dial. The degree of heating also changes: stronger, or weaker to the right degree, or completely turned off- in this case, the fireplace shines, but does not heat.
Electric hearths are also simply decorative.- Withby the mere optical effect of a natural flame. But most models combine a visual effect with a heating function. ATeither the fan heater is running or mirror reflectors are built in to direct the heat away from the heating elements (the so-called radiant heaters).
The body of the electric hearth does not heat up during its operation. Heat flow is thrown forward- heat spreads on the floor around the fireplace and rises. The efficiency of devices is almost 100%. Power of all models- 2kW, like a conventional electric kettle.
Many electric hearths are equipped with a thermostat. Having heated the area around the fireplace to the desired temperature, the owner only needs to set the thermostat to this heating level, and the fireplace will maintain the set temperature in its zone.
Almost any free-standing hearth can be inserted into the firebox, closed with a frame with a portal. It can also be placed inside a real but non-functioning wood burning fireplace. BUTAn electric fireplace basket with legs can simply be placed on the floor or inside the firebox recess and plugged into a socket.
Otherwise, rectangular (usually vertical format) electric hearths are mounted, dressed in frames. Such models are quite aesthetic and without a fireplace portal. They can be easily moved to any area of the interior equipped with electrical outlets. The hearth in the frame is placed with its back to the wall and looks quite self-sufficient. Frames are made of oak, mahogany, plastic, polished yellow brass. Also, they (as well as decorative grates) are cast from an alloy of tin with lead or aluminum, imitating either blued iron casting or light steel, polished to a graphite sheen. These materials, unacceptable for ordinary fireplaces (combustible or fusible, but cheap and effective), are suitable for finishing the electric hearth, since its body does not heat up. Now the main accent is a smooth, shining brass frame, shaded by the matte black of cast iron, then a frame of polished oak, then a shiny golden grille. The number of options and combinations is endless. Each company has its own collection of models and interchangeable parts, different in design. A decorative screen is mounted between the electric hearth and the portal. Its material can imitate stone, marble, tiles. Either it consists of natural marble slabs, genuine tiles or ceramic tiles.
Frames, lattices, “firewood”, “flame”, portals- These are all accessories. From them you can assemble any desired electric fireplace. The number of variations is thus practically unlimited.
As a rule, when choosing a fireplace, they are guided primarily by its price and the beauty of the portal. Be sure to find out what material the portal is made of. It happens that carved wood or marble turns out to be artfully painted stamped plastic. Naturally, in this case, the product should cost significantly less.
European-made portals are much cheaper than similar European ones, although they are in no way inferior in quality. Another thing is that some European companies offer their original design (for example, GALLERY COLLECTION). If desired, the portal for the electric hearth can be made independently, using joiner’s plates, baguette, artificial stone, stucco elements, etc.P.
A relatively new interesting material for finishing fireplaces- cast marble. It consists of quartz sand or marble chips(80%), resins(19%) and dyes(one%). The impact strength of this artificial stone is 7times more than natural marble. Details from it are produced using cold pressing technology in molds, and they are no less durable and wear-resistant than marble. Manufacturers can order any desired color and shade of cast marble, any size and shape of the product. The portal will consist of solid panels that do not have seams and maintain a continuous surface pattern.
Portals made of cast marble are cheaper than those made of natural stone, have a significantly lower weight, a rich and rich color palette (21color plus selection of shades), beautiful and unusual. You just need not to make a mistake in choosing the main tone and pattern of stains on it. It is important that the color does not turn out to be too bright or, conversely, pale for the interior, and the veins look natural. For example, portals made of emerald green cast marble are very beautiful. They look both spectacular and natural, as if carved from a single piece of malachite. Black and white cast marble is also effective.
Firms and assortment
The English corporation CLEN DIMPLEX is the leader in the production of electric hearths. Its products are marketed under the brand names MORPHY RICHARDS,
The German company EWT DINAMICS offers electric fireplace stoves and electric hearths, both freestanding and built-in. These models are made in the tradition of pragmatic German design. Another German manufacturer- HARK, which specializes in fireplaces, including electric ones, gravitates towards the simple yet soft Scandinavian design of hearths and stoves.
There are simple, slender and elegant models in horizontal or square format, such as Boston(BURLEY) or Limoge(
What’s the price?
The price of the average hearth of any firm-
Let’s look at some more specific examples. Electric hearths BERLEY, HARK are offered by PHOENIX for $600. There you can also pick up facings (portals) by
IRIS‑S presents BERLEY electric hearths and
fake hearth- deception refined, but, of course, not perfect. “The fire of the pine tree with the fire of the soul” cannot be mixed in it; it does not even need a poker. It does not cast sparks, burning coals do not shoot at it, red-hot logs do not crack with a pleasant sound. There is neither the cozy smell of heated bricks, nor the spirit of pine resin, nor the aroma of burning wood … But smoke, dirt, draft, ash, sootIt’s not for him either.