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When I first moved to my new house I had a built in fireplace in my lounge. This was the first time I had owned a house that had a space for a fire and therefore I did not own a fire to put there. I considered not putting a fire in at all as I did not really need one for heat. My lounge is quite small and centrally heated and it is rare that I feel cold and need additional heating. However I do think that having a fire in the fireplace looks nice (rather than just leaving it empty or putting something random in the space like a vase of dried flowers) so when I had saved up enough money I decided to purchase one.
My criteria for choosing the fire was that it needed to be electric, fit into the space so it was flush to the wall and look good. I had always liked the look of electric fires that appear to look like real coal fires and therefore I decided that I would investigate purchasing one of these.
I viewed various fires at Homebase and in the end chose this Dimplex Cheriton Fire. It was meant to cost about £175 but I bought it on a 10% day and had a few vouchers so managed to get a good discount.
The fire has a number of features including:
Fits flat to the wall
Heat output: 2kW.
Heat input: 2kW.
Dimensions in mm: (H)682, (W)639, (D)194.
Unique Optiflame effect.
2 heat settings
Real coal fuel bed.
Separate heat and flame settings
Freestanding and no chimney or flue required
One year guarantee
On taking the fire home it was very easy to install and set up. There is an electric plug at the back of the fire with a long lead which is easily plugged into the wall. The fire fits flush to the wall so you don't need to have a recess if you don't already have one. The fire comes with a number of coals in a plastic bag which you then arrange on the bed of the fire which has a flame colour underneath it and this gives the impression of it being a real coal fire and looks good even when the fire is switched off.
To operate the fire you can just turn the flame effect on without the heat if you want to. I must admit this is the feature that I use the most in winter as even though it does not give off any heat it looks really cosy and warm and realistic and gives the room a lovely glow. There is a slight sound given off by the fan when the flame effect is on but unless the room is totally silent this is not that noticeable.
The fire has two heat settings which basically work like a fan heater. They do effectively give out hot air and heat the room up quite well. However like any fan heater they are a bit noisy and I think the heating system is a bit incongruous with the look of the fire - it looks like a great coal fire but is really just an electric fan heater!
Overall I think this fire is really stylish with its black and brass effect and it looks great in the fireplace in my lounge at all times of year. I especially like it during the winter when I have the flame effect on. It is probably not the most powerful heater but as this was not my main purpose for purchasing it this has not been an issue for me. The only problem I have is that one of my cats thinks that the pieces of coal are there for the sole purpose of her to play with, and loves batting them off the fire and chasing them round the room leaving black marks everywhere. Clearly this is not the fire's fault and hopefully most cats will not be this stupid!
I would recommend this fire if you want something stylish that will look good for years but if your purpose is to heat a room that does not have any central heating quickly then you would probably need something more powerful.
Review of Dimplex CHT20 'Cheriton' Electric Fire.
This fire was purchased around five years ago from our local branch of Homebase; I believe the cost was around £150.00.
The fire was bought to replace an old fashioned gas fire in the dining room of my home. The gas fire was old, quite hideous and I was worried about using it, so when it was last due a service, I decided to have the thing taken away.
To be perfectly frank, I would not have bought this electric fire at all. We have gas fired central heating which is efficient and heats the property adequately. However at the time, my mother was still with us, she was frail and suffered badly with the cold, she often found the need for a little back-up heat throughout the year, which was the main reason we bought this heater. I am not a terribly technically minded person so if I have omitted from my review anything readers wish to know, please get in touch!
The Dimplex CHT20 Cheriton Electric fire is a good looking item, the styling is traditional and the fire has a wealth of shiny brass which fits very well with my 1930's property. The fire has a coal effect fuel bed and a flame effect which can be operated in conjunction with the two heat settings or alone for a visual effect.
The main casing of the fire is made from a matte black metal, the front is trimmed with a wide brass decorative edging which runs down to a brass fire basket. The controls are situated under a lift up flap on the front of the fire. The controls are very easy to use; there are three switches, one for each of the heat settings and the other for the flame effect, plus the on/off switch. This is a 2kw electric fan heater and it blows warm air from the vents in the top in the top of the fire.
This fire is a flue less, free standing model; it needs virtually no installation, other than screwing four Phillips cross-headed type screws into the wall. The fire has four small brackets, two on each side and it should be sited against a wall for stability, we positioned ours in the space left by the old gas fire after it was removed and the gas supply capped off by our plumber. Once in situ, all that remained was to plug the fire into a nearby electrical socket.
This fire requires little or no maintenance, the only thing we have replaced in the years we have owned this appliance is the red light bulb that sits behind the fronts-piece of the fire.
**Specifications and Availability**
Max Output: 2kw
Heat settings: 2 (1kw and 2kw)
Fire dimensions: W 639mm x D 194mm x H 682mm
Safety features: Overheat protection safety cut out
Guarantee: 1 Year
Fuel Type: Electric
This model is still on the market and can be obtained from various on line and off line sources. A quick web search conducted today brought up the following stockists and prices.
Amazon from £149.00
John Lewis £169.00
Ebay from £154.00
**My Thoughts and Conclusions**
My dining room is not large; it is a basically square room measuring approximately 12 feet by 12 feet. The room is at the rear of my home and is south facing. It adjoins my kitchen, has two outside walls and at the rear end of the room is a double glazed conservatory. The room is not what I could describe as a 'cold' room.
The Dimplex CHT20 Cheriton electric fire looks very attractive in my dining room, but that is about the only positive comment I can make!
The fire throws out a minimal amount of heat, it barely takes the chill of the room and to be honest was a total waste of money! As I have mentioned, my late Mother liked a little extra heating in the dining room, but unless you are standing directly in front of this fire, other than the noisy fan, you would not know the fire was on. Another issue I have had with this fire is that the replacement bulbs are becoming quite difficult to source in my local area, they are the old fashioned screw in type of bulb which do not seem to be seem too widely available.
I am very unimpressed with this fire, aesthetically it is fine, but as a form of heating, I do not rate this at all. I intend to have some work done in the dining room in the near future, I want to have the chimney re-opened and will be replacing this fire and it will be replaced with a solid fuel fire.
I do not really feel this fire is suited to be anything but a heater for a very small room, it is not effective enough for my room and to be frank, we no longer bother switching it on!
I am awarding the Dimplex CHT20 Cheriton Electric fire a 1*rating.
Thank you for reading
©brittle1906 January 2013
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