Some would argue that this fire was dated and not as modern as most of the fireplaces in the market today, but this is a very traditional and classy fire that reminds me greatly of older days and the winter time, two things I like which most persuaded me to buy it. It's very attractive in exterior and has a hard working and efficient interior which I really admire of it - charm and quality is something that most people find difficult to find a balance in, but this has it all!
This wonderful electric fire is freestanding though requires a wall to lean on or it looks out of place. It is built without a frame and has 2 different heat settings and also an adjustable setting for the flames. It has realistic looking coal that will fool anyone!
It comes with a built in fan which is present at the bottom, as is shown in photographs. It has a motor of 200 watt but is built without a thermostat and doesn't have an on / off button for the light. It doesn't have a timer but despite these faults is still a classic addition to any home.
Priced at around £160/£170 online, this is reasonable and won't break the bank to purchase. It is around 15kg when boxed but isn't generally that pricey for postage. It's well worth it though as is high quality and will work for a long time. It fits in well with any style of decor!
This has a 2Kw output and adjustable settings for heat and for the flame look.
We wanted a fire place, but as renters this was not an option. I bought this little , very charming fireplace heater on Amazon. It was very affordable. We love the look. It had a glad look front that opens and looks very real like logs with coals. It can be flames only for the look of a fire. And it throws out nice heat, which has several different settings. It adequately takes the chill off of our large living room.
We have noticed that the wheel that changes for the flame effect and the blower fan on the heater both make a noise. It was very subtle at first. But has, with use, worked itself up to a point that out grand daughter refers to as "haunting and spooky like a haunted mansion." It is a tad loud, but let us call it part of the charm. I do not know if maybe we could carefully use a bit of lubricant, it is not to bad, but is metal and plastic rubbing almost rhythmically.
The bulb for the flame is very specific and we are having issues finding it locally. You can use any nigh light style bulb. It will screw in and it will give you the flame effect. But with an incorrect bulb you loose the ability to adjust the flame intensity. So, as a result, we currently are stuck with a mid range flame.
I am actually quite pleased with it. Even with its quirkiness and increasing vocalness. It is charming and adds character to our rented home. We love the dancing flame and the heater works quite well for our needs without adding crazy amounts to our utilities bill.
2kW total output
Choice of heat settings
Coal effect with real coals
Flame effect independent of heat
Dims: (HxWxD) 21.5 x 17.3 x 11.6 inches
We are very satisfied with how good this model looks. Provides a lot of heat and will warm any small/medium sized room easily. The front doors open and the coals come in distinct little bags which makes them very quick and easy to put in place.
The only criticism I have is the fan sounds. I purchased this to replace the same model I purchased 2 years ago which had developed an unpleasant noise with the fan running. I had to get the same model again because I actually built a place in my residence around this heater- with no regrets, it really is fantastic! I had hoped to be able to purchase a replacement fan but was not able to do so. Hopefully the substitute model does not suffer from the same issue. I was raised with a heater equipped with a fan so the noise didn't bother me per-se, but the wife wanted it to be a tad quieter.
Though not related to the product itself, I will say that shipping was really fast and the heater came very well packaged. Setup was a breeze. You'll have the cozy factor of your home ramped up in no time of receiving this heater.
We think this is the ideal happy medium. It gives us the coal burning affect without the cleanup and ongoing maintenance of a true coal burning heater. There is even the faint scent of coal in the home which is a wonderful touch.
The top bit about it is it appears very much just like a log/coal burning fire/stove, with it is twice hinged opening doors having clear glass panels which supply you with the perspective of coals that are burning in. Underneath glass doors there's a wonderful fashions section that's made to resemble where you gathered the ashes from a small tray which, if it were a real fire, would be.
It has four solid legs to let it be free standing, with all the legs lifting the primary fire about 150mm off the floor and has a solid cast iron that is black shaped appearance.
The particular heat comes from underneath the fire the ports being somewhat back in the leading two legs.
The double doors swing open and in you are able to put the bits of coal that is actual which have the heater. Yes, actual coal, which apart from giving it more of an appearance that is realistic, play with absolutely no part to make the heater really operate, as the imitation flames lick about over them, nevertheless they do look the part.
It is when you have it turned on as the lights on the other side of the glass doors flicker away within the combination of genuine real coals and moulded plastic coals, providing you with a splitting impression of an actual flame fire, it actually comes into its own.
Although on closer inspection it is possible to view precisely what's happening, but just how lots of people really walk up to some flaming fire only to 'have a glance at it'?
I've to express that it is not the most quiet of electric fires, in fact the fan may be a little noisy, although not excessive. Then the sound is not actually heard if you've got a radio or the tv on, but afterward you can definitely hear it, if you are sat there in quiet.
But to be honest a roaring fire that is actual is potentially as load if it is popping the atmosphere in the wooden logs you have simply thrown on.
As the first one, for the heat settings, 1kW throws quite a lot of dry heat out and does make a little noise, but again, it's not intolerable even if you are sat in quiet,
Subsequently the 2nd heat setting, 2kW is loader but as it throws so much heat out you will just want this before being forced to turn down it to the 1kW setting turned on to get an issue of minutes.
Plus, which can be a monetary bonus that is huge today, it does not want that routine yearly service that your gas fires want.
Regrettably though, unlike the fire I 've in my 'lounge' when the room is warm enough, so it does not turn off this one does not have a thermostat .
Both ways work fine and I Have had absolutely no issues what so ever.
For additional security, particularly if you do have little kids knocking about, then I'd recommend possibly as it does have a few wall mounts in the back of the fire attaching it to your wall.
Additionally, perhaps a security gate that is fireguard thingy too.
When it comes to expense of the small room heater that is elaborate, well, it might sound somewhat expensive at around the GBP150 but it appears that that is worth thinking about.
Advantages Over Solid Fuel Stoves:
There is nothing quite like roar and the crackle of an open fire or wood burner, however they do require a fair bit of upward keep, for example cleaning out before and after use. Additionally they take a bit of planning, like the wood needed to burn to the log burner needs to be nicely seasoned or you also may get your cooker window needing to be cleaned frequently. It needs one to think well ahead of winter to produce a continuous supply of nicely seasoned wood, have somewhere to store a coal hod or log basket .
These quality electric stoves have highly sensitive thermostats that certainly will stay at the required setting and always track room temperature, saving you money and price as little as running two electric lightbulbs. The electric stoves from Dimplex are 100% effecient significance no heat is wasted and have Optiflame & Opti-myst effects which supply the most realistic flames ever seen within an electric stove as well as the fire effect can be used with no need for using the fan heater, they actually have to be observed to be believed!
A fast search shows this model as selling between GBP129 and GBP189, I'm really bargainous and at that time I seem to recall it was around the GBP140 mark but I went home and hit the laptop, and a few weeks later I had one of ebay for GBP50 second hand but in absolutely immaculate condition. Now I was actually pleased for this.
The majority of the buyer state that the Dimplex Springbourne Optiflame Stove-design Electric Fire are excellent product. In addition, it is a pretty great product for the price. You can read attentively reviews from customers to find out more from their experience.
I have one of these heaters in my back room I have had it for some time and payed under £100 for it. I think they are slightly more expensive now. Unfortunately, my fire is no longer working. The electric fire looks just like a real fire/stove with real flames. Not sure why mine has stopped working, but I loved it and will defiantly get a new one if I cant get this fixed.
I think they are very good for letting out heat and do quickly heat up a room - my room is small so it did heat up very fast with this Dimplex electric fire and the size of the fire (440mm wide - 550mm high)seeded just right for the room. The fire could actually be moved from room to room if and when needed, just plug it in and switch on. However, I just kept mine in the same room in the same place with a nice bunch of dried flowers on top!It is free standing on 4 cast iron legs, it has glass doors which can be left open or closed.
The heat / warm air blows out from the bottom of the heater, my cat absolutely loves this! The switches to put the fire on and off are at the side, you can actually flick the switch so you just have a flame effect without heat which is really cozy in the evenings.The flame look so realistic and even comes with real coal ( I bought more, only because I am a fuss pot and wanted nicer shaped coal )lol ! You can adjust the heat settings to high and low - high being 2kW output and a lower 1kW output.
I really do love the old cast iron stove fire look - the glass doors are great as you can see the (pretend)! burning coals inside. Also love the realistic looking tray underneath glass doors.Put this fire in the right setting, and people will definitely be fooled in to thinking it is a real stove! I have had so many people comment on how lovely the fire is and shocked that is it a 'plug-in' !
A very nice heater and I would buy another.
So why did we want an electric heater....
We have full gas central heating and have absolutely no need for an electric heater at all -- whatsoever, however due to the lay out of the lounge we have a chimney breast with a large recess which desperately needed "something". The previous owner had an electric 80's style fire in and this definitely had to go.
So I pondered, placed various sized vases and ornaments in it for a few months, but they seemed quite dwarfed by the size of the recess, I toyed with buying a fire grate and getting some logs but then decided a stove would be nice. I then started my search. There isn't that many electric stoves out there (or if there is I definitely struggled to find) I went to many independent fire / stove shops, I also went to all the big DIY places, B and Q, homebase, wickes. I was struck by how tacky the vast majority looked, they looked like completely fake and plastic.
I eventually found the Dimplex brand as recommended by several folks along my quest and was impressed with the look of their stoves. Its an irish company that was founded in 1973 (an extremely good year) who employ 8,500 people. I then focused my search onto this range, and whilst looking in Focus who had a stove sale on, I spotted the springbourne and decided this was the one. It has a nice stove like look about it (as opposed to plasticcy) and as well as heating, you can have the flame lights on (with or without heat) they look pretty naff with the lights on but when the lights are off or just a little lamp on, it does look really realistic. My husband put the cable through the back of the chimney breast so is out of view (he is an electrician). When we do put it the heater on (about three times) it does really put out some good heat (that's as technical as I can get).
A quick search shows this model as selling between £129 and £189, I am very bargainous and at that time I seem to recall it was around the £140 mark but I went home and hit the laptop, and a few weeks later I had one of ebay for £50 second hand but in absolutely immaculate condition. Now I was really pleased but it you ask my husband he will say its a very expensive ornament.
You can buy log affect but mine is coal as IMO it looked better.
Product facts (from Amazon)
Product Dimensions: 44 x 29.5 x 54.7 cm ; 12 Kg
Boxed-product Weight: 12 Kg
Manufacturer reference: SBN20R
Gets 5 Doo Yoo Stars from me, as although I don't switch the heater on (Bet you can hear my husband tutting from where your sat) it does look great which is what I bought it for...
If I said to you electric heater you'd probably think straight away of those white radiator styled heaters that look as boring as, well, as a radiator and sit unnoticed in the corner of a room as they pump out the heat you need.
Luckily, these days, there are many types of electric heaters that not only pump out the heat you want but are actually rather nice to look at.
I have actually used quite a few of these types of electric heaters, as well as the boring 'radiator' type, and have a couple of them donning certain rooms in my home.
With one particular electric heater not only quickly heating up the room that I like to call my 'chill out' room, but also looking like a real coal fire that seems to brighten the room up.
This electric fire I am talking about is the SBN20 Springborne and it made by a company called Dimplex.
What does it look like then..?
The fire itself is not massive, yet it's not that small that it looks lost in the front room, 440mm wide and stand at 550mm high, being 300mm deep, so it does stick out a little bit from the wall it you have it flush against it.
It has a nice level flat top as well which can come in handy if you want to put something like a nice face on top of it, although mothing with water in it as water and electric doesn't bond well.
It weighs in at just over 12KG so it's light enough to be moved around yet heavy enough to withstand being knocked over in the wind.
You can push it into a gap in the wall, a chimney say, so as to have it look more like a built in fire, although you do have to measure up properly as the controls for the fire are on the right hand side so you have to make sure you can reach these if you push this into a gap in the wall, plus you have to make sure you don't block the air inlet section at the bottom of the heater.
Another thing if you want to push it into a gap in the wall, don't fix it solidly into place as you will need access to the back in order to replace the bulb.
The controls, which are easily reached on the right lower side, are simple, having three buttons, those being...
* The first switch is the 'ON' switch which activates the flame effect, for this you do not have to have any heat setting on. This takes approximately 130watts.
* The second switch is the lower heat setting at 1kW output
* The third switch is the higher heat setting at 2kW output
Note: To use the heat settings you do need to have the 'ON' switch activated.
For safety it does have a safety cut off switch which operates if the air inlet is blocked and the heater over heats.
And it has what is called a BEAB mark on it, which is apparently better than having a CE mark, apparently. But I'm guessing they both mean that this has passed all the safety tests in Britain so it won't blow you hand off when you switch it on, nor will it set fire to your slippers when you put your feet in front of it.
And, if you want to go the whole hog, so to speak, you can in fact purchase a fire hearth to sit this fire on, giving it more of a realistic look, although this is not essential as this fire will not burn what ever it is stood on.
The fire is supposed to resemble a real flame fire/stove and to be honest it does quite a good job at it, especially later on in the evening when the lights are low and you're sat in a comfortable chair, relaxing, the flame effect seeming to bounce around behind the double glass doors.
The only thing missing really is the sound of crackling wood and coal as the flames take hold.
The best bit about it is it looks very much like a log/coal burning fire/stove, with it's double hinged opening doors having clear glass panels which give you the view of burning coals inside. Underneath glass doors there is a lovely styles section which is designed to resemble a little tray which, if it were a real fire, would be where you collected the ashes from.
It has a solid black cast iron square shaped look and has four solid legs to allow it to be free standing, with the legs lifting the main fire about 150mm off the ground.
The actual heat comes from underneath the fire itself, the vents being slightly back from the front two legs.
The double doors swing open and inside you can place the pieces of real coal that come with the heater. Yes, real coal, which apart from giving it more of a realistic look, play absolutely no part in making the heater actually work, but they do look the part as the fake flames lick around over them.
It's when you have it turned on it really comes into its own as the lights behind the glass doors flicker away over the mix of moulded plastic coals and actual real coals, giving you a cracking impression of a real flame fire.
Although on closer inspection you can see exactly what is happening, but how many people actually walk right up to a flaming fire just to 'have a look at it'?
I have to say that it's not the quietest of electric fires, in fact the fan alone can be a bit noisy, although not excessive. If you have the television on or a radio then the sound isn't really heard, but if you're sat there in silence then you can certainly hear it.
But to be honest a roaring real fire is possibly as load when it is popping the air in the wooden logs you've just thrown on.
As for the heat settings, the first one, 1kW throws out quite a bit of dry heat and does make a bit of noise, but again, it is tolerable even if you're sat in silence,
Then the second heat setting, 2kW is even loader but as it throws out so much heat you'll only need this turned on for a matter of minutes before having to turn it down to the 1kW setting.
The great thing about this electric fire, as with all electric fires, is that as it can go anywhere without the need of a flue or ventilation system, you don't even have to wire it straight into your electric junction box, it just plugs into a standard plug socket and away you go.
Plus, which is a big financial bonus these days, it doesn't need that regular annual service that your gas fires need.
Sadly though, unlike the fire I have in my 'lounge' this one doesn't have a thermostat so it doesn't turn off when the room is warm enough, which is a shame.
But luckily, as the room that this is in has a couple of good radiators, I mainly use this to either quickly warm the room up if the radiators aren't quick enough to do there job properly, or, in the warmer seasons, I tend to just use it for show as it really does look the part.
The other thing I wasn't too pleased about was the fact that the cord that comes with it isn't the longest, but that's not really a problem as it can be extended very easily if needs be, either by using a good quality 13amp extension lead or, like I did, the installation of a small junction box and a bit of a spur from one of my other plug sockets. Both ways work fine and I've had absolutely no problems what so ever.
For extra safety, especially if you do have small children knocking about, then I would recommend maybe attaching it to a wall as it does have a couple of wall brackets on the rear of this fire.
Also, maybe a fireguard safety gate thingy as well.
As for the cost of this fancy little room heater, well, it may sound a bit pricey at around the £150 region but for what it looks like alone is well worth seriously thinking about.
I have to say that although this is a lovely looking heater that will add a bit of character to certain rooms, if you are planning to use it for a main heater then, due to the fact that it has no thermostat to fully control the heat, so you'll end up switching it off and on when ever you get to hot or cold, I'd recommend opting for a different one.
Our dining room was lacking something when we redecorated, we had a n empty fire place that we had some pretty candles stood in but it still managed to look quite empty. I would love an old wood burning stove so decided to look for an electric fire that looked like a wood burner. There is actually quite a few of them on the market and all range in price from really cheap to outrageously expensive. The cheaper ones just looked a bit too small so we went for one that cost £160 but it was quite big and looked good quality.
==Price and availability==
You can now buy the stove for £130.00 online which is 30 pounds cheaper than we paid for it, however I guess you would probably have to pay delivery charges. We bought this one from a local fireplace store.
The best thing about the stove is that you can bring it home and plug it in and off you go! No need for anything plumed in or pipes fitted, literally take it from the box, position it and turn it on.
The stove measures Height 545mm, Width 440mm and has a total depth of 310mm. It is quite a decent size for the money and comes with a short flex for you to plug it in. The stove has a really sturdy, black cast iron finish that looks good quality and worth the money. The stove has a fire effect that can be run without the heater actually being on. The fire effect glows through the pretend metal doors that are just there for ornamental purposes. This gives the room a cosy glow with making it too hot. This is good for a dining room as although the glow of the fire is pleasant, the heat soon gets uncomfortable with a table full of people. The heater can be run on 1kW and 2kW settings, both are quite noisy really and you can hear the fan turning over but they both throw out a lot of heat. The second setting, the hottest is really quick to take the chill out of the air.
Although not as hot as a gas fire or a radiator, the stove does get quite warm although it takes a while for it to warm up and heat up. The first five minutes of having the stove on do not really do anything but after that the heater soon warms up. I probably would not want to rely on this being the only heat source in the room though as although it does get hot, it does not spread the heat round the room very well and it takes a while for the large dining room to get warm with this instrument alone.
The heater is easy to use, plug it in and turn it on. How much simpler do you want things to be? It looks good and the best feature is it's aesthetic appearance. It is sturdy and well built with nice touches such as realistic looking hinges and handles and sturdy little cast iron legs. I tend not to use this as a heater that much but I will often have the flame effect working as I really like it and find that it looks more realistic than some of the other fake flames I have seen. In terms of power, I personally find the stove a bit of a juice drinker and it is not the most economical heater to run. Probably because you need it on longer as it takes a while to heat the room up. I would recommend the heater for the low user that prefers the aesthetic appearance rather than something that will stop your toes going blue!
Springborne Stove Fire with Remote Control 2kW