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An Electric Fireplace for Winter Decor?

Updated on October 10, 2013

Heating Should Not Be Ugly or Scary!

Growing up, we had a real fireplace. I loved the smell, look and the heat that it put out. However, there are many disadvantages of a real fireplace.

I was first exposed to an electric fireplace in one of my timeshare properties. While the old electric fireplaces were ugly and klunky (a word used by Wally Cleaver), they have come a long way baby!

Today, the electric fireplace can not only heat your home, but also compliment your Winter or cold weather decor.

This website provides several examples and also explains the advantages of owning one.

Happy Heating!

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The Advantages of Owning an Electric Fireplace

  • Fire HazardAn electric fireplace is not fire-hazard free, however, it doesn't spark like a real fire.

  • Soot FreeNo need to call Dick Van Dyke or Mary Poppins to clean your chimney, which could also cause fires.

  • Smokeless I love a fireplace for the smell also, however, the smoke isn't necessary for the ambiance and you can talk yourself into believing that it is real.

  • FirewoodFirewood in the house usually is difficult and if you store it outside, you need to retrieve it. With an electric fireplace, you can just plug it in!

  • Decor You can pick something you like that goes with your decor while with a fireplace, unless you remodel it, it is difficult to change the look.

  • Expense Although you are using electric and your bill may be slightly higher, you don't have to buy wood, drive to get it or hire anyone to clean up the chimney.

"When I retire I'm going to spend my evenings by the fireplace going through those boxes. There are things in there that ought to be burned."

Richard M. Nixon

The Concord Electric Heater Fireplace With Remote Control

Concord Electric Fireplace Heater with Remote
Concord Electric Fireplace Heater with Remote

Of all of the fireplaces on this site, this is my favorite. It has a sleek and modern look and is very clean and undecorated. The remote gives you easy access to heat if you need it. Although it is more expensive, it is my choice!

 

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Claimed to be the Best Simulated Fireplace

The Dimplex Electric Fireplace

Dimplex CS-12056A Compact Electric Stove
Dimplex CS-12056A Compact Electric Stove

If you read about this model, it gets rave reviews. It is slightly higher than a Duraflame and has a sleeker design. It has a little more modern look than a Duraflame and it is a toss up to me on which one I prefer as they are both very similar.

 

"I slept like a log last night. I woke up in the fireplace."

Tommy Cooper

Santa and Donner Contemplate How to Deliver the Electric Fireplace That Jimmy Requested

Santa and Donner
Santa and Donner

Uniflame with Stacked Stone Design

Uniflame INDOOR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE W/STACKED STONE SURROUND
Uniflame INDOOR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE W/STACKED STONE SURROUND

If you want the real look of a genuine fireplace, this is the way to go. This is the Cadillac of this style and you definitely pay for it. However, it will beautify your home and guests will be looking for your Chimney. Be sure to tell Santa you don't have one!

 

The Duraflame Electric Log Fireplace

Duraflame DFI020ARU-A004 Electric Fireplace Insert w/Heater
Duraflame DFI020ARU-A004 Electric Fireplace Insert w/Heater

This fireplace is very realistic and gives the impression of logs on the floor. I like the style of this one but it may be a little risky if you have little ones around.

 

Focal Point Fires LCD Electric Fireplace From the United Kingdom

“I have a microwave fireplace in my house. The other night I laid down in front of the fire for the evening in two minutes.”

Stephen Wright

The Current Most Popular Electric Fireplace by Duraflame

Duraflame Freestanding Electric Stove with Remote Control DFS-550-7
Duraflame Freestanding Electric Stove with Remote Control DFS-550-7

This one is the "hottest" selling electric fireplace by Duraflame, no innuendo intended. I know someone who has this particular model and you don't need a lot of room for it. The photo is below. The flames are very realistic and it has a remote. All very nice for the price!

 
Duraflame
Duraflame

An HD Version to Play on Your Computer - In case you can't afford the real thing!

Same as the Duraflame Above but Red in Color

Duraflame Red Electric Stove — 4600 BTU, 1350 Watts, Model# DFS-550RED
Duraflame Red Electric Stove — 4600 BTU, 1350 Watts, Model# DFS-550RED

This Duraflame is very similar to the model shown above in black. The remote control makes this one easy to use and if you have it during the holidays, it adds to the Christmas color scheme. A very nice touch. Use the red one before Christmas and the black one after. You will have the best dressed heat in town!

 

“He who wants to warm himself in old age must build a fireplace in his youth”

Old German Proverb

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      It would make any place more cozy with a fireplace. :)

    • dahlia369 profile image

      dahlia369 

      6 years ago

      I don't have a fireplace because I wouldn't have a lot of chances to use one here in Florida. I like them a lot,though, and a wood-burning doesn't fit in every living space. So, in my opinion, the modern options are great!

    • JoyfulReviewer profile image

      JoyfulReviewer 

      6 years ago

      Really enjoyed all the helpful info you have on electric fireplaces. If I ever have a fireplace in the future, I'm sure I'll go with an electric one.

    • lesliesinclair profile image

      lesliesinclair 

      6 years ago

      Now, the price is a really good feature. When I buy 'll have to check these out.

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      fullofshoes 

      6 years ago

      We do have a small one that we use sparingly b/c the cost of electricity is high where we live. But when we use it, we love it!

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      The electric fireplaces are so homey (and without the mess or smell of the real ones)..... love them!

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      The electric fireplaces are so homey (and without the mess or smell of the real ones)..... love them!

    • kathysart profile image

      kathysart 

      6 years ago

      I don't have a fireplace right now but I have in the past. They sure can make a winter day feel cozy. Nice lens w/lots of good suggestions. Blessed.

    • Joan Haines profile image

      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      You managed to make this funny AND firey. Nice. I've seen some surprisingly real electric fireplaces.

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