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We didn't have time to think about the heat in the living room this time last year as we were busy moving in to our home, and the last thing on our minds was heating, there are radiators throughout the house, but no focal point in the living room and this year I could tell the weather was changing when my fingers started turning blue..Time to do something about it.
I like contemporary designs and really didn't want a hefty old gas fire , I don't particularly like using gas at the best of times , so decided to look for a nice modern electric fire..
I looked on the Internet at a number of retailers ,weighing up all the options and finally came upon The Panther.
It is a very contemporary looking wall mounted electric fire, with a pebble effect and sweeping black curved glass, it has two heat settings 1000w and 2000w and comes complete with a remote control , the remote can be used to switch the fire on and off adjust the heat settings an dim the fire effect...This I decided was the fire for me.I looked on both amazon and eBay and finally made my choice purchasing it for just £99 this included the delivery charge.
The Contents & Assembly
1 Electric fire unit
1 Wall Bracket screws and wall plugs
1 remote control (takes 2 AAA batteries not included )
1 Bag of pebbles
Please note this is a two person assembly...don't attempt to do it alone.
When the fire arrived it was inside two huge cardboard boxes with plenty of Styrofoam packaging to protect the glass, It took two of us to get it out ,sliding the fire out of the box , the first thing to catch your eye is the amount of glass.
First things first , wall mounting the fire... it was imperative to fix the wall bracket in the right position.The instructions state that it must be fixed at a minimum height of 300mm, after a few rather colourful conversations ( I don't get mms and cms, and distancing was a very funny affair we had to measure 6 times the first four all produced different numbers ) The Bracket is then screwed into the wall with the lip facing up so that the fire hangs on it, after you hang the fire on the top you have to mark the bottom holes, then take the fire down, drill and fit wall plugs , refit the fire and turn the bottom fixing bracket down and screw into the wall...Take the fire off the wall again.....(sounds like a long and protracted situation but all in all took just over ten minutes.)
Next you remove the front curved glass and place the pebbles along the bottom light unit until you get the desired effect easier said than done when there is no sign of the pebbles...after finally locating the pebbles which were tucked into one of the Styrofoam arms we placed them in the desired spot and lifted the fire once again onto the wall..it would have been a lot easier to keep the fire on the wall whilst doing this as the pebbles fell out when the unit was being lifted.Once it was on the wall and everything in its place it was then time to slide the glass front panel back into place, making sure that both sides engaged with the side lugs.
On top of the fire there are three touch pad buttons 1 for each heat setting and one for the dimmer of the fire effect, and an on/off switch.after Plugging it in turn the switch to the on position to operate the heat settings use either the touch pad or the remote control unit, we chose to opt for just using the remote as this is the option we will continue to use.
The Remote has three buttons on it the functions the same as the touch pad on the top of the fire.
The flame effect of the fire is very realistic , The actual fire itself is sleek and modern and the heat settings are more than adequate to keep a medium sized living room warm.I believe this is a really good value for money fire which not only looks good it serves a purpose..
There is only one small quibble I have with this fire, that is , If the lamp bulb for the fire effect needs replacing at any point , it will take two people to replace it,because the fire has to be taken off the wall the glass removed and three screws have to be undone to lift the lamp cover...bit of a problem if you are by yourself.
4/5 stars I would have given 5 but for the bulb replacement problem , all in all though I would definitely recommend this product if you want a stylish contemporary fire at an affordable price.