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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!
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