Yes, the temperature is sailing downward and these are the times we look to sources of warmth and a feeling of well-being—something we often get from a fireplace. This year we tried a Twin-Star ClassicFlame fireplace. This is a small, energy efficient unit that is a huge departure from messy logs, and expensive propane. There are LED lights to create a flame and a 1350-watt/4600 BTU heater. What does that mean to us laymen who don’t know a BTU from a BUT? It means our new heater will warm up about 400 square feet and there are no pilot lights or weird fuel smells or emissions.
" ...there are no pilot lights or weird fuel smells or emissions."
We were surprised to find out the LED lights not only last a long time, but use less energy than an incandescent light bulb, and that’s good.
The ClassicFlame fireplace was easy to put together—allow about three hours or so for two adults. There are pre-made pieces like the pilasters on each side and the unit goes together with dowels, washers, and screws—all provided.
This unit would be so perfect for a bedroom because it is what’s called zero clearance, meaning it doesn’t need a chimney, vent or anything built into the wall. In fact, it’s heavy weight-wise (to be stable) but can be moved from room to room. Wow! You could even put one in a large bathroom for a romantic soak because the unit remains cool to the touch. It’s just plugged into a standard 120-volt outlet. And a remote control is provided—which is easy to manipulate—so the controls can be set from across the room!
I think it would also be great as a décor and comfort feature in a country or traditional kitchen, and would look wonderful in a library or office (although maybe you’d rather have hot chocolate and relax instead of work, you’ll have to decide that for yourself).
Take a look at some of the photos we’ve taken and think about where you could use this little charmer. The mantles we’re told come in a variety of sizes and finishes using hardwood and veneers to mimic marble or stone.
We love this little gem.
For more information and to see the entire collection or find a dealer: http://www.classicflame.com/