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- FLAME EFFECT FIRE - These Retro Electric fires Are A Must Have In Today's Modern Homes. With A Stylish Sleek Design And Simple Controls This Flame Effect Fire Would Look Great In Any Room.
- WALL MOUNTED - These Fantastic Sleek Modern electric Fires Are Wall Mounted With Simple Fixings And Can Be Mounted On Any Room Around The Home.
- REMOTE CONTROL - These Modern Fires Have Simple To Use Controls With An Economical Power Control And Handy Remote Control You Can Control The Heat And Flame Effect Easily.
- FEATURES - These Fires Come Packed With Features Including: LED virtual flame effect with log effect, 220-240V, 2 heat settings - (1000W and 2000W, Modern Design, 7 Day 24h Timer, BS Moulded Plug.
- DIMENSIONS - This Stunning L Shaped Electric Fireplace Measures Approx 1320 x 210 x 580mm
Top Electric Fires For Your Money
What Are the Advantages of Electric Log Burners?
Electric log burners are an ideal alternative to a real wood-burning fire. Not only are they cheaper and easier to install and maintain, but they are often far more efficient than their wood-burning counterparts. Electric fires are also a safer option when compared to traditional wood burning stoves, as there is a lower fire risk and no harmful smoke which could be inadvertently inhaled.
Flame effects using LEDs and opti-myst technology both enable electric models to authentically create the effect of a beautiful fire. It is a stunning visual which can even be enjoyed in the summer, as electric fires allow for the flame effects to be operated independently of heat. Providing that the heater is switched off, the flame effect produced is also completely safe, making electric fires the best choice for families with young children.
Rather than go through the process of building and lighting a fire each time, you can simply switch your electric fireplace on and off as required, adjusting the temperature of the fan heater to your liking. Plus, if you don't already have a chimney and prefer to avoid the mess and hassle of burning wood and coal, electric fireplaces are easily fitted into your living room. Ranging from the large-scale to the compact, and with a range of designs to match the modern interior of your home, electric fires are an excellent way to add warmth and charm to any living space.
What are the health benefits of an electric fire over a traditional wood fire?
One of the things people love most about a real fire is the smell of wood burning - unfortunately, however, wood smoke is not good for your health. When you burn wood in a traditional fireplace the result is a mixture of harmful gasses, including benzene, formaldehyde and acrolein, as well as particulates. This can be mitigated by burning wood more efficiently, which means ensuring that wood is dry and seasoned and that the fire has a healthy supply of oxygen, However it is impossible to completely eliminate the harmful components of woodsmoke all together.
Some of the people most at risk when inhaling wood smoke include children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with pre-existing heart or lung conditions such as asthma. The smoke can cause lung problems in children, affect an unborn foetus, trigger a flare-up of pre-existing lung disease or trigger an asthma attack. It can even increase the risk of heart problems, including a heart attack.
The best way to avoid these issues and still enjoy the pleasant warmth and appearance of a fireplace is by investing in a realistic electric log burner. It can be hard to distinguish a good flame effect from the real thing, and yet an electric fire will not produce any of the harmful gases associated with burning wood.
Can an electric fire improve your home's energy efficiency and save you money?
It may surprise you to learn that up to 90% of the heat generated by a traditional fireplace is lost. This is because a conventional fire must be connected to the outside via a chimney in order to let out the smoke generated by burning wood or other fuels, and a huge amount of energy escapes and is wasted. Electric fires, on the other hand, are 100% energy efficient, as all of the electricity they use is converted into heat. In addition, because electric fires are placed inside a room with no connection to outside, it means that heat is not lost, but all goes directly into warming the room.
It is also advantageous that many electric fires also come with two heat settings and incorporate thermostats in their designs. While, when using a wood fire, it can be easy to generate more heat than is required and waste energy, an electric fire gives out a controlled and consistent amount of heat, maintaining an optimum room temperature.
Furthermore, electric fires enable you to heat your home using zone heating rather than typical central heating. Zone heating is the principal of maintaining a higher temperature in the rooms which are being used most often, while leaving other parts of the house unheated. When compared to the cost of central heating for the entire house, zone heating can save you a huge amount of money. Especially when you consider that, on average, over 50% of a home's energy consumption goes towards heating.
Depending upon the size of your rooms, your budget and whether you would like to reduce your environmental impact, zone heating can be a revelatory alternative. Moreover, many of the electric stove models reviewed below are highly portable, and can be moved from room to room as required.
Are electric fires easier and cheaper to buy and maintain?
Another reason why electric fires can be more convenient and cost effective is the fact that they require very little maintenance when compared to traditional wood fires. Wood burning fires generally require regular cleaning of the stove, fireplace and chimney, as well as other maintenance.
Another bonus is that there are often no installation costs associated with wall mounted or free standing electric fires, while traditional fires cost, on average, £1500 to buy and install. When you consider that 2KW electric fires can be purchased for under £50, with top of the range models rarely costing more than £500, the upfront costs alone are far more reasonable. Also, should your home not already include a chimney or fireplace, electric fires do not require any ventilation. This means there is no requirement for you to build a fireplace or chimney, which would significantly add to the costs.
What different styles of electric log burner are available?
There are four main styles of electric fire available: free-standing, wall-mounted, inset and electric stove.
Free-standing electric fires are able to be placed into the home without any existing fireplace and, when combined with a fireplace surround, like that included in the Warmlite WL45037W, they can look just like the real thing. Their main advantage is how easy they are to install, as they can be placed against any normal wall.
Inset electric fires, however, do require a fireplace cavity. These fireplaces are permanently fixed into the wall, making them highly stable and neat-looking, as no wires or plugs can be seen.
Wall-mounted electric fires can be fitted to a wall in any position, and are a step away from more traditional-looking fireplaces. They can help to maximise your floor space, and can even be placed higher up on the wall, out of reach of children. Their modern appearance can help to create a truly innovative and forward-thinking interior.
Finally, a stove-style electric fire is designed to resemble a traditional wood burning stove, and can bring a homely and retro feel to a room. This type of electric fire stands on four legs and is highly portable, and so can be moved from room to room with relative ease.
Now that you've decided to purchase an electric long burner for your home, here are six of the best electric log burners which are available to buy today.
HomeZone®55" White Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace
This HomeZone electric fireplace really stands apart, thanks to its uniquely modern appearance. This product combines the old-fashioned look of a log burning fire with a sleek and minimalist fireplace design. It just goes to show that a fireplace does not have to belong in a frumpy and old-fashioned room, but can be re-imagined for a different kind of home.
This electric fireplace measures approximately 132 x 21 x 58 cm and is wall-mounted, allowing it to be placed in any room and positioned exactly to your liking. This is especially helpful if you have children or pets, and would like to mount your fireplace higher up. With simple fittings and a BS moulded plug which can be plugged into the mains, it is easy to install the HomeZone, even if you have no pre-existing fireplace or are short on floor space.
This electric wood burner features an attractive realistic log effect display accompanied by an LED flame effect. Together, they produce a realistic visual which makes a room appear far more pleasant. This wood burner also features two heat settings, 1000W and 2000W respectively, and the flame effect can also be enjoyed independently, without any output of heat.
The remote control for this fireplace is highly convenient, especially for those with limited mobility, and allows you to adjust the heat setting or the presence of the flame effect from the comfort of your favourite armchair. Additionally, this fireplace features a timer which can be used to switch the heat and flame effect on and off at a time that suits you and your schedule.
- Modern and stylish appearance.
- Remote control function.
- Timer function.
- No thermostat.
With its remote control function and timer, chic design and wall-mounted fitting to maximise floor space, the HomeZone 55" Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace is our top pick for the best electric log burner. The LED flame effect is realistic, and looks fantastic with the artfully arranged log effect - making the HomeZone a worthy centrepiece for any stylish living room.
Dimplex GOSFORD Opti-myst Electric Fire
The Dimplex model is a traditional stove design made from stainless steel with a matt black finish and, measuring 30 x 48 x 62 cm, it is a relatively compact size which can fit neatly into smaller living rooms. It could slot nicely into an existing fireplace or alcove space, and has an incredibly realistic look, mimicking a traditional cast iron stove. The door of the stove even opens and closes, just like the real thing.
Perhaps the most impressive feature of the Dimplex electric stove is the Opti-myst 3-D realistic optiflame and the equally lifelike wooden logs. Furthermore, this electric log burner comes with a smoke effect which uses clean water to recreate the real appearance of smoke. Perfect for anyone who wants their electric fire to look and behave as authentically as possible.
The Opti-myst effect is created by shining light through a fine water mist, resulting in an extremely lifelike fire which is also completely safe to touch, as the flame effects alone do not generate heat. The flames can even be adjusted, meaning you can create both the appearance of a roaring fire, or the soothing glow of embers. To refill, simply add water to the reservoir every 8-10 hours of use.
Not only is this electric stove remote controlled for ease of use, but the Dimplex contains an adjustable thermostat, allowing you to maintain your desired room temperature. The 2kw fan heater also has two heat settings, and is located at the base of the stove beneath the realistic flame effect. Of course, the flames can also be enjoyed without the any heat.
- Amazingly realistic flame, log and smoke effect.
- Remote control function.
- Adjustable thermostat.
- Traditional appearance may not suit all homes.
If you're seeking realism and love the look of a traditional cast iron stove, then the Dimplex is the best model for you. The flame and smoke effects are incredibly lifelike but, unlike a real fire, the remote control and thermostat give you complete control over the output of heat. This stove can be easily moved and would be suitable in almost any room in the house, simply plug into the mains and its ready to go!
Warmlite WL45037W Electric Ealing Fireplace Suite
This classy design from Warmlite features not only an electric wood burning stove, but also a white mantelpiece surround which gives the illusion of a built-in fireplace. This allows you to create a beautifully traditional centrepiece for your living room and requires minimal assembly, making it incredibly easy to elevate the aesthetics of your home.
The product dimensions are H72cm, W77cm and D25cm - and the size makes it suitable for a smaller room, providing a focal point without overwhelming the space. The mantle provides space for ornaments and more, while the stove itself has the appearance of cast iron with a black surround.
The Warmlite features an LED realistic flame effect designed to look just like a real fire. The visuals can be enjoyed either with or without heat and, additionally, you can adjust the level of the flames to your liking. The fan heater, situated at the bottom of the stove, has two heat settings: either 900W or 1800W. Plus, this model includes an adjustable thermostat so that you are able to keep your room at the perfect temperature.
Lastly, another brilliant feature of this electric fire is the safety cut-out system, which gives you total peace of mind. Although the Warmlite does not include a remote function like some other electric fires, it is simple to use and install, and gives all the visual benefits of a fireplace without the smoke and high maintenance. Unfortunately, however, some customers have complained that this electric fire was too noisy.
- Adjustable thermostat.
- Comes with a mantlepiece.
- Flames are adjustable.
- No remote control.
- Can be too noisy.
If you're looking for electric fires which include a mantlepiece then this option is easy, attractive and great value for money. The adjustable brightness of the LED flame, a choice of two heat settings and the included thermostat also make this realistic electric fire one of the best practical choices for your home.
VonHaus 1900W Stove Heater
This electric stove from VonHaus is on the cheaper end of electric fires, and is highly portable, requiring only a simple mains connection and no difficult installation. Measuring 24 x 35 x 47.5 cm and weighing just 10kg, it can be placed in any part of the house to add warmth and decoration. The design is simple but classic, with a matt black finish and realistic stove style appearance.
Ideally suited to heating rooms up to 23m2 and fitted with a 1900w fan heater, the VonHaus electric stove also features a thermostat. Although there are not two heat settings, unlike some other electric fires, the thermostat will automatically switch the fan heater on and off in order to keep the room at the correct temperature. The heat settings are easily adjusted with simple controls that are located on the body of the stove.
Through the window at the front of this electric long burner, you can see both the realistic log effect and the bright LED flame. Indeed, it can be advantageous to use LEDs to generate the flame effect in an electric fire such as this one because the flame effect will use much less electricity. Energy costs will be lower with LED bulbs and, even better, the flame can also be enjoyed without any heat at all.
If you weren't already sold on this electric stove and its vivid realistic flame effect, the VonHaus Stove Heater also comes with a 2 year warranty. Furthermore, your safety is ensured as the fan heater is fitted with a safety thermal cut out.
- Thermostat allows for temperature control.
- Realistic flame effect and log effect.
- 2 year warranty.
- Unlike other electric fires, there is no remote control function.
- Only one, rather than two heat settings, for the fan heater.
The VonHaus is one of the more budget friendly choices, but this free standing electric stove still has many of the desirable features of more expensive electric log burner stoves. Though this electric fire has only one, rather than two heat settings, the realistic flame produced by this stove is impressive to behold. In addition, the thermostat and thermal safety cut out make this one of the best electric stove options for the price.
HOMCOM 900W/1800W Free Standing Electrical Fireplace
The HOMCOM is our final selection for this list of the best electric fire stove models on the market. Though this is is the cheapest electric fire we have reviewed here, it still ticks a lot of important boxes and does not compromise on high quality design. This log burner electric stove has a traditional stove design in black, with a realistic flame effect created using LED bulbs, meaning you can experience the classic look of a real fire for a fraction of the price and hassle.
Small but mighty, this electric stove measures 6.5 x 24 x 41.5 cm and can effectively heat areas up to 30m2. This product requires only minimal assembly, and is controlled easily by a set of switches on the side of the stove. It should, however, be noted that the HOMCOM should not be placed directly onto carpet.
There are two heat settings on this electric fire, 900W and 1800W, and the fan heater is located at the bottom of the stove. The HOMCOM, however, also allows you to enjoy the flame effect without any heat being generated at all. What is more, a thermostatic control will automatically switch the electric heater on and off in order to maintain an optimum temperature while you sit back in your chair before the fire.
This electric fire uses LEDs to generate its flame effect, and while the flame is not as impressive as higher-end models, it still produces a pleasant and warm-looking visual. Furthermore, a safety thermal cut-off ensures safety.
- Two heat settings are available.
- LED flame effect, which can still be enjoyed without heat.
- Thermostat feature.
- This electric fire is less visually appealing than those at higher price points.
- The flame effect is not the best we've seen.
Though it the HOMCOM is for those on a lower budget, you are still able to benefit from a thermostatic control, simple installation and use as well as two heat settings. In terms of aesthetics and the realism of the flame effect, this may not be the best electric stove we have reviewed - however this product is excellent value for money.
Our choice for the best electric log burner is the HomeZone 55" White Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace. With an impressive flame effect, beautifully designed wood effect and elegant design- it is an exciting addition to any modern home. It is also highly functional, with two heat settings and the option to control both the fire effect and the heat output remotely. That is why the HomeZone wall mounted electric fireplace is the best purchase to complete your dream living room.