The rhythm of life in the modern world is distinguished by a tremendous speed, and from this every person wants to come home more than ever to feel comfort and warmth. And a real home is just what both can provide. However, not everyone lives in country houses, have enough funds or the required area of an apartment to afford such a pleasure. And yet you should not despair, because now a completely adequate alternative to a real fireplace is gaining popularity - its electronic counterpart.
There are many types of such a furnace: from very small tabletop to elongated flat screens, with the effect of a living flame, with logs that seem to be smoldering inside, even heating ones, etc. So, we can say with confidence that now the fireplace is no longer a luxury, but a very pleasant and functional piece of furniture available to everyone.
Why is it good?
It is not for nothing that electric fireplaces are becoming so popular, because they have a lot of advantages:
- They do not require complex installation and special equipment.
- Requires virtually no maintenance or cleaning.
- There are absolutely any sizes, which makes it possible to purchase it even for a small apartment.
- They look realistic. In many of these electronic hearths, there is not only an imitation of logs, but even a sound that imitates the crackling of firewood.
- Heats up almost like a real one, which is very important in the cold season
- They work silently.
- Absolute security. Such a stove does not heat up, and it can even be left overnight, because there is no danger that smoldering coals will provoke a fire.
- A good accessory that adds extra coziness to the room.
Types of artificial foci
According to the method of installation, electric fireplaces can be conditionally divided into 3 groups:
Intra-wall-based on the name it follows a completely logical conclusion that such a stove is mounted directly into the wall
Side-mounted floor-standing - this type can be located directly against the wall, or, which gives it a special grace, in the corner, however, when installed in the corner, it will take up a lot more space
Standalone is an option that can be placed anywhere there is a power outlet and even moved from room to room
By the way the flame is created:
- In the most budgetary models, the flame is created due to an optical effect, when metal plates reflect light, or scraps of fabric that are illuminated and set in motion by a fan.
- In models of the middle price category, LEDs are used, which can create the effect of glowing wood or coals.
- In expensive versions, the most realistic, so-called, cold flame is created. It is very similar to the real one, but it will not cause any harm.
There are also many options for the appearance of the firebox, as well as the fireplaces themselves, these can be: glowing coals, hot stones, firewood, even colored flames, etc.
Nowadays it is rare to find models that exclusively simulate combustion, basically all have a heating function. If you wish, you can always turn it off and just enjoy the sight of the flame. Many options have additional functions such as humidification or air purification. In principle, these options can be quite useful: sometimes the electronics dry out the air too much, and this spoils the furniture, allergic reactions and respiratory diseases may appear.
To eliminate this drawback, you can separately buy an air humidifier, or you can simply purchase a hearth with a steam generator built into it.This will keep the air from getting too dry, and will also make the flame look more realistic with the smoke effect.
For lovers of complete realism, they produce fireplaces with sound effects - crackling wood and even with a smell effect - the aroma of burning wood.
Where to install?
In many ways, the appearance and size of the fireplace will depend on where it is supposed to be placed. Of course, first of all, when choosing a hearth, you need to take into account your desires and tastes, but no less attention should be paid to how it will look in the room. If this is a small bedroom, then it simply does not make sense to dwell on a large version and mount it on the wall, it will look too cumbersome and inappropriate. A medium and even small floor-standing stove is quite enough not only to decorate a room, but also to heat it.
If this is an office with massive wooden furniture and book shelves from floor to ceiling, then the hearth should look correspondingly massive. A small hearth there simply will not be noticeable and there will be little sense from it.
As for the price of a dream hearth, it can vary very much and, of course, it depends on the set of functions. The more possibilities the stove has, the higher the price. For example, a compact stand-alone fireplace, which performs its main functions, namely simulates a flame and heats, will cost quite inexpensively; it is quite possible to find options that cost less than 10 thousand. If it is a long fireplace with many functions, its cost may even exceed 100 thousand.
A good alternative to a purchased electric fireplace can be a DIY one. The procedure for making a hearth is quite simple and practically does not require special skills, and the main thing is that at home you can make not only a simple electric fireplace, but a completely heaped one with the effect of a flame and even the sound of burning logs.
There are two parts to creating a fireplace:
- Portal. It can be made from a variety of materials, but drywall is most commonly used. Based on the size and style of the room, a drawing of the fireplace is being worked out, a metal profile is attached to the selected place, and drywall is mounted on top of it. Next, the seams are smeared, the surface is primed and, when it dries, the portal can be decorated as you like: with tiles, decorative stone, just paint, etc.
- To make a hearth with an imitation of a flame, you will need a radio circuit for an electric fireplace. The design of such a radio circuit is quite simple, the parts for it are easy to find, and they are quite inexpensive. The hearth scheme consists of three nodes. The first two are ordinary garlands for 220 V. The essence lies in the flickering of these garlands in combination with random crackling, this creates the effect of burning firewood. The operation of this radio circuit is based on the widely used system for switching on garland bulbs in series with a starter from fluorescent lamps. The volume of the clicks is easily adjusted with the R2 resistor.