Electric fireplaces with live flame effect
Not every home can have a real fireplace. Accidents happen from an open fire, so the fire services do not allow the presence of fireplaces in the apartments. But this applies only to sources of real fire, but electric fireplaces in this case will be an excellent alternative to them.
Electric fireplaces with the effect of a living flame can fit into the decoration of your home, make it even more comfortable and at the same time, will not require material costs for the purchase of firewood or coal. These devices differ in the type of design, the type of imitation of flame and smoke, as well as the options used (supposedly) fuel.
Structures are divided into:
- floor standing (very reminiscent of a classic wood burning fireplace);
- portable, which can be achieved due to their compact size, low weight and the presence of wheels, can be freely moved from room to room;
- wall (this is a thin decorative panels, different in size and mounted in the wall);
- built-in (they are attached to the wall or to the portal);
- chimney baskets (they look like metal trowels with embers or logs);
- angular (symmetric and asymmetrical);
- 3d wall electric fireplaces (they will not heat the room, but are used as decor in the interior);
- impressive parameters built-in foci having a three-dimensional effect. They have a high power of heating and additional functions in the form of a speed setting system for a flame and a remote control.
Electrofireplace device and principle of operation
It has long been known about electric fireplaces, but earlier it was just an iron box with open electric spirals. Such a device, of course, can heat, but the decoration for the room will not be, rather - on the contrary.
And then they came up with the effect of a living fire in an electric fireplace - a real miracle of modern engineering thinking!
The indescribable beauty of the illusion of fire in the fireplace is obtained through the use of pieces of silk fabric, water vapor and halogen bulbs.The algorithm of lamps flickering is not cyclical, it is different all the time, as the flames move differently in a real fireplace. Reflection of light in the smallest particles of evaporating water creates a complete illusion of real fire, even if viewed from a very close distance.
- The device is the effect of a living flame.
Living fire in the electric heater is the effect of recreating the process of real burning firewood or coal. Achieve this effect with a cold steam generating device. And again, everything is arranged simply: water vapor comes out of the woodpile, which is highlighted. It is important that the backlight is bright enough.
But visually no steam is visible, but it creates the overall impression that the woodpile is burning. Such a fireplace will also humidify the air, which is not really possible.
- The capacity imitating a fire chamber.
If you are going to buy an electric fireplace, you need to decide on the choice of the furnace. To do this, you need to know how the device works.
And it is arranged quite simply: chopped pieces of fabric from silk blows a fan from below, which makes them sway in the air flow and really look like a flame of fire. It is even more effective if the fabric is illuminated with light bulbs.
The effect will be even steeper if mirrors are inserted into the firebox, which will repeatedly reflect the illuminated flame of the “fire”, which can be completely confusing and you will believe that you have a real fireplace.
Heat is produced by heating elements: spiral and tubular (tenami). The fan dissipates this heat, while the electric fireplace can consume no more than 2 kW of energy.
- Imitation of glowing wood with coals.
It is possible to simulate a fire in an electric fire chamber in different ways.
- The effect of "live" fire.
The fire chamber of such a fireplace is filled with artificial pebbles, coal or firewood, and the image of the fire is achieved with red flashing lights. Most of all, this method is suitable for steam-based electric fireplaces.
- Broadcast fireplace.
Here on the fireplace monitor a video image with glowing coals or logs is projected. In this case, not only the flame can be depicted, but also other pictures, for example, a landscape panorama or fish in an aquarium.
By type of "consumed fuel" electrofireplaces are:
- with imitation smoldering coal. This is when the pan, located behind the electric fireplace grate, is filled with coal, and thanks to the illumination from below, it takes on the appearance of a heated heat;
- with "burning" logs in one style or another.The fact is that you can get them with a different stage of "burning" - and a little burnt, and burnt almost completely.
The visibility of grates in electric fire is achieved by using decorative material cast from an alloy of tin, lead and aluminum. These grates are similar to cast-iron casting with a blued tinge, or light-colored steel.
For the present fireplace such materials are absolutely unacceptable because of their flammability and low melting point. But an electric fireplace is another matter, and with such cheap and spectacular grid-bars you can perfectly trim its electric point, without worrying about the fact that the body can become hot.
The design has many options: the electric center turns out to be smooth and shines with a brass frame with a black matte cast iron shade, it is framed with polished oak, then it is glittered with a gold grid. And such options can not be counted, how many companies - so many models and interchangeable parts, made in different designs.
Framing, decorative elements
When we choose an electric fireplace, we always pay attention to the cost and the beauty of its framing.It is imperative to find out what material was used for it, because visibility can be created alone, and then actually marble or wood can turn out to be something like stamped plastic, which is several times cheaper.
About marble and decorative stone "marbled"
Not so long ago, as a frame for the fireplace began to use decorative material, namely - molded marble. Its composition is:
- quartz sand or marble chips - 80%;
- resin - 19%;
- dye - 1%.
This decorative material surpasses natural marble seven times in strength. At the same time, the shade of cast marble can be ordered to the manufacturer as your imagination comes up with, and the shape and size of such a decorative item can also be made according to your desire. Thus, it is possible to achieve a framing of a portal consisting of whole pieces without a single seam and with a continuous pattern on the surface.
Here it is important to observe the intensity of the color that would be in harmony with the interior, as well as the naturalness of the veining. Such a decorative element is much cheaper than a natural material, but the framing of it looks no less charming and noble.
A device simulating a live fire in an electric fireplace and a room heating device are independent systems. Because of this, it is not necessary to include a fireplace for heating - you can do it just for the pleasure of watching the dancing "tongues of flame" and get aesthetic pleasure.
In addition, in many modern electric fireplaces, water vapor is produced, and it is cold and will not heat the room, but only slightly moisten it, because it turns out not from water heating, but using ultrasonic waves.
On the additional features of modern electric fireplaces
No sooner had we become accustomed to the magical "live fire" in the electric fireplace, yet another innovation appeared: now the electric fire is also able to recreate the effect of water splashes of a mountain stream!
And some manufacturers turned out to be little of this, and they improved the electric fire even more. Now you can buy a fireplace with an audio system, and you can warm up, and admire the “tongues of flame” and listen to your favorite music. A minimal sound system with the sound of logs that crackle from the fire, today already have enough electric fireplaces.
Electrofireplace is, first of all, a heater, and if it is used for this purpose, then you can not do without a large power consumption. It is better to turn it on for heating only as an additional source of heat, which means for a short time. But you can enjoy the function of live fire indefinitely, because in this case electricity consumes only a very small amount.
Judging by the reviews, the electrofireplace, as a rule, is purchased in order to create a cozy and comfortable atmosphere in the house, as well as to decorate the interior of the room with it. For many buyers, who didn’t succeed with the installation of a natural wood-burning fireplace, the electric fireplace turned out to be the ideal solution to installing a fireplace in an apartment.
Electrical center in the interior
The most important component of an electrofireplace is, of course, its center. This can be said to be the heart of this appliance. Depends on the design of the center and on its technical capabilities:
- how powerful the heat flow will be;
- how realistic the flame of fire will be;
- the presence of various visual and sound effects.
Thanks to modern engineering, the electric hearth today is not just warmth emanating from the electric fireplace, but it is also an opportunity to observe how firewood is smoldering and how streams of light smoke rise up from the burning coal, as well as listen to the crackle of wood.
About classic electrical foci
The classical center for the house is an electric device, very outwardly resembling a wood-burning fireplace in the classic version.
The furnace in this model is located vertically and open. The set to the classic hearth is coal or other components that mimic wood logs. This type of electrical foci is best suited to emphasize the status of your home and give it even more comfort and convenience.
Wide electric hearth
Widescreen foci are most common. Their orientation is horizontal, for sale they are completed with a large firebox both in depth and in volume. Often the walls at a wide electric center are imitated under natural brickwork.
On most models, there is glass in front of the fireplace, although there are also models using twisted shutters and doors.The difference of such foci is also in the amount of firewood for them - they are as close as possible to the size of natural logs. They are often provided with LEDs for even better imitation of fire. And some models are also equipped with burned natural logs.
Such a large fireplace can perfectly fit into the interior of a spacious room, which requires additional massive elements. Such foci are most spectacular, and this is understandable, because it is simply impossible not to pay attention to their non-standard dimensions. The best electric center is not found in an apartment with a large area or in a spacious house outside the city.
On narrow foci (multi-spots)
Narrow hotbeds are considered to be an absolute breakthrough in the electric fireplaces market. Multitouch will be a unique solution in any interior and in any room: in an apartment, in a house in the country, in a hotel hall or a supermarket.
The peculiarity of the narrow hearth is the variety of its use: it will harmoniously look with any decorative portal.
A narrow center is quite capable of being an object completely independent.It will look great against the wall, which shows a portal or with decorative masonry under the stone. Any option will be stylish, unusual and modern.
But, at the same time, it can be placed for the summer period, when the room is no longer needed to be heated, and in a natural wood-burning fireplace.
Do it yourself
If you want, then the portal under the electric center can be done independently. But first of all, of course, you need to have the hearth itself, which is the inside of the whole structure of the fireplace. We choose the model at our discretion: by style, by material, small or larger.
First you should:
- determine the installation location of the electric fireplace;
- acquire a hearth;
- develop a drawing;
- stock up with all the necessary decorative materials and tools.
When everything is ready, it’s just to get started. It is best done under the guidance of a knowledgeable specialist, since without sufficient experience, you can just ruin the entire construction. You can also use the help of an experienced decorator and electrician - knowledge in these areas is fundamental when creating an electric fireplace with your own hands.