Electric fireplaces with the effect of live fire are, first of all, heating devices. But modern technical solutions allow you to use them also as an element of housing design. They create the illusion of a real wood-burning fireplace, while heating the room and do not require regular maintenance.
One hundred percent similarity with a real fire is impossible to achieve, but manufacturers are working on it: you can hear the sound of burning logs crackling, watch a 3D simulation of smoke based on the illumination of evaporating water, and the effect of flying sparks. It is in a complex and creates the impression of a classic fireplace with that unique atmosphere of comfort and warmth.
In this article, you will learn:
- what are electric fireplaces with 3D live flame effect?;
- about the structure structure and operating principles;
- what can be the functions and configuration, as well as how to install it correctly with your own hands;
- variants of operational problems and their solutions, as well as warranty and non-warranty cases;
- how to choose the right fireplace among others on the market and TOP10 options.
Electric fireplaces with live flame effect – distinctive design features
Electric fireplaces with a live flame effect, unlike solid fuel structures, do not require preparation before starting. Click the “start” button and you’re done.
Rectangular under the TV in the living room
These designs have the main indisputable advantages over traditional models:.
- To use it, you do not need a project and its approval, obtaining a technical opinion and permission from the Inspectorate for supervision of the reconstruction of residential premises.
- You do not need to clean the chimney, because it is missing. It is enough to change the water for the steam generator at the signal on the display panel.
- A working electric fireplace does not emit harmful combustion products (carbon monoxide and soot), which makes it as eco-friendly as possible.
- Electric fireplaces with a live fire effect can also be used in hot weather. Just turn off the heating function and you will continue to enjoy the flame and smoke effect. You can control any of the functions thanks to the controls for heating temperature, air flow rate, steam generator operation intensity, and backlight brightness.
Decorative, built-in wall
Important:Design with simulation of smoke also moisturize the air in the room.
Electric fireplaces for home – complete product classification
Electric fireplaces for home those recreating the live fire effect are divided into groups depending on their design features, installation methods, and appearance:
- depending on the heating element;
- depending on the style of the fireplace and the room;
- by manufactured material;
- by type of location in the room.
Next, we will focus in more detail on each of the options.
Decorative with lighting
By the presence of a heating element
Electric fireplaces with the effect of live fire are fundamentally distinguished by the presence or absence of a heating function. The manufacturer provides room heating with an electric fireplace in two ways – a device based on a fan heater and without it.
Thanks to this, with such a fireplace you will be comfortable both in winter and in summer.
With a fan heater
The advantage of electric fireplaces with a fan heater is full-fledged heating of the room. They use a built-in spiral-type heater module. Its power ranges from 1.5 kW to 2.0 kW. Together with a device for simulating a live fire and a steam generator, the total power of an electric fireplace can be 2.5 kW. At maximum power, it can heat a room of up to 30 m2.
The process of heating a room through air occurs due to such a phenomenon as convection. During it, the air masses heated by the electric fireplace rise up, mixing with the cold masses. This way, the heat in the room spreads faster. In the design itself, convection is provided by just the same fan heater.
Built into the wall with the portal tile
Electric fireplaces for the house with a fan heater are allocated in a separate series. Special air purification filters are additionally installed in their air channels. The fan heater operates in three speed modes. It can be controlled both from the command panel of the electric fireplace and from the remote control.
Disadvantages of such fireplaces are also present:
Important:When buying, you need to choose the power of the heating element according to the parameters of the room-at the rate of 1 kW of power per 10 m2 of the room area.
Without fan heater
To reduce weight and dimensions, developers use the reflex principle of heat transfer. Metal plates installed at an angle to the heater serve as a reflector. They provide directional heat transfer and protect the electric fireplace from overheating. The absence of overheating allows you to install a liquid crystal screen, which best recreates the effect of a burning fire.
In electric fireplaces without a fan heater, a built-in infrared emitter of solar spectrum energy is usually used. Its light weight and compactness set the tone for the design of portable, desktop and wall-mounted electric fireplaces. Their only drawback is the weak heating of the room, so we recommend putting them in rooms that have an additional source of heating.
On the market, there are devices without a fan heater based on the built-in spiral-type heater module. They have mirror reflectors in the hearth.
Electric fireplace with 3D flame effect in different interior styles
With all the variety of styles, the three main style directions for an electric fireplace with a 3D flame effect remain unchanged –
- country music.
Each room style has its own design and finishing features of such fireplaces.
The portals of the classic style fireplaces are U-shaped. As a rule, they are made of natural stone (marble, granite) or artificial, repeating the texture of natural materials. At the same time, the firebox module for such fireplaces is mainly built into the wall. The electric fireplace is decorated with metal grilles with artful weaving of rods.
The Council:Combine such structures indoors with furniture in white and dark shades of various sizes.
Fireplaces in this style, perhaps, are the most versatile in terms of installation in an apartment or house. They can be located either in the corner of the room, in the center, or under the wall. Hi-Tech fireplaces are distinguished by the intersection of hard straight lines at different angles.
High-Tech electric wall fireplace
They are mainly made of heat-resistant glass or metal. The framing of the structure is made so that all attention is paid to the dance of fire.
Decorative in the living room in high-tech style
It is in the high-tech style that the largest number of mobile models of electric fireplaces with the effect of live fire are presented. Many of them are design developments without the heating function, but with the most realistic flame effect, repeating the burning of gas fireplaces, wood-burning fireplaces, and embers.
Decorative with a firewood stand in the living room
The country style embodies the simplicity of nature and the inviolability of the home. Portals of fireplaces in the “country” style are executed with visible heaviness, with a wide range of natural materials used. It can be either untreated stone in combination with precious wood, or artificially aged brick or shell stone.
Corner electric fireplace in the living room interior – photo of the room design
Electric fireplace with 3D flame effect in the country style is combined with the interior of spacious rooms. The portal of such an electric fireplace will have a D-shaped shape, possibly with a niche under it for installing decorative firewood. The style itself dictates the production of a large firebox module with the possibility of installing dummy firewood and coals in it, which, with special lighting, become indistinguishable from natural ones.
Depending on the location type
Having decided on the fireplace design option, the next task that you need to solve is how the structure will be located. Will the fireplace stand next to the wall or be built into it? What’s the right thing to do? First of all, you first need to understand how, in principle, you can place such fireplaces.
There are several options:
- put the fireplace close to the wall;
- embed it in the wall;
- put it in a corner;
- place it as a separate element in the room.
Electric fireplaces for a wall-mounted home are usually installed close to the wall or with a small indentation from it. As a rule, these are traditional in our understanding electric fireplaces (with a portal), but designed in a modern way.
Individual order in the living room with the wood portal
The main features are as follows:
However, this type of fireplace is inferior due to the larger footprint, so we recommend installing them in rooms with an area of more than 20-30 sq. m.
Built-in electric fireplaces with live flame effect
Built-in wall-mounted electric fireplaces with a live flame effect are placed
in a wall niche, in a column. Their peculiarity is the need to plan the installation site even at the stage of construction or repair of the house. However, you can sacrifice the useful area of the room for the construction of a raised wall of drywall, in which a special niche will be made for the installation of an electric fireplace.
The main advantages of this type of placement::
||Save space. By installing a fireplace in the wall, you will save a fairly large area of the room. You will be able to use it more efficiently in the future|
||Security. If you have children, then this type of placement will be more successful than, say, placing a fireplace as a separate element.|
However, this type of installation of fireplaces is not always the most budget-friendly – often you need to spend additional funds on the construction of a drywall wall or a hole for the fireplace.
Important:You should also understand that often such fireplaces significantly dry the air. Therefore, it is necessary to periodically ventilate the room.
An electric fireplace of this type can be installed anywhere in the room. The firebox is installed on a flat area with a slight elevation above the floor. The decorative chimney is located above the fireplace and is attached to the ceiling or rests on the firebox. Firewood on such a fireplace is arranged in a circle. This allows you to look at the fire not from one point, as in the case of built-in or wall-mounted fireplaces, but from several at once.
Such fireplaces are becoming more and more fashionable. Their main advantage is that you can put it even in the center of the room. The result is something like a family hearth, around which you and your family will be happy to gather on autumn and winter evenings.
The Council:It is best to plan the installation of a fireplace at the stage of designing the design of the entire room/house. This way you can save between 15 and 25% of your budget.
This electric fireplace with a flame effect is similar in functionality and appearance to a wall-mounted fireplace. In these models, you can also find a portal and various additional functions. Thanks to the installation in the corner, these fireplaces are perfect for both large and small rooms.
Materials for making a portal for electric fireplaces with the effect of live fire
As a rule, more massive models of electric fireplaces with the effect of live fire are made together with a portal framing the furnace. Among the ready-made solutions of fireplace groups, portals should be distinguished, which are made of natural, artificial stones and MDF.
wall-mounted with a wooden portal
Stone and artificial stone
An electric fireplace with a flame effect in a classic style is best combined with light-colored marble. The top shelf of such a portal is smoothly polished. The vertical bases of the shelves that frame the fireplace insert have carvings of classic fireplace patterns, applied by machine or by hand. A significant drawback of the marble portal is its fragility at a high price.
Manufacturing portals made of artificial stone by injection molding allows you to get a variety of shapes and minimizes the need for manual finishing. The texture of artificial stone is indistinguishable from natural. Such a portal is cheaper and at the same time strong as metal.
MDF and veneer
The most common material for electric fireplaces with a portal is MDF. It is applicable for many types of finishing – painting, veneering, pasting with decorative film. A portal made of MDF can be made with internal shelves and drawers. Veneered MDF materials of valuable breeds of wood gives a sophisticated look.
Free standing with live fire effect to the living room
Characteristics of fireplaces with a built-in heating element: internal structure, operating principle
The principle of operation of electric fireplaces for a home with a built-in heating element and imitation of a live fire is the same for most models. Next, let’s discuss in more detail:
- Design features of structures;
- Rules and principles of operation of the fireplace.
In a complex with a wall and a TV
The internal structure
Often the design of an electric fireplace with the effect of live fire consists of two parts:
- The portal;
- The furnace part.
The portal itself is initially decorated to match the style of the room in which the fireplace will be installed. It can have completely different elements, ranging from patterns to the coat of arms of the family.
The furnace is divided into two parts:
- Decorative (logs, animated effects)
- Technical, where the fan heater and electrics are located directly.
You can see the General structure of the electric fireplace in the figure below.
|4||Artificial fire-resistant brick|
|5||Artificial logs with a burning effect|
The principle of operation
Above, we have already analyzed the principle of operation of the heating element of an Electric fireplace with the effect of a living flame. As for the imitation of combustion, it is improved by manufacturers with each new model. There are three main options for simulating live fire.
- Liquid crystal display;
- Device with vaporized water vapor illumination;
- Illumination of a rotating plate with slits by a complex of led bulbs.
In the first case, the flame on the display is reproduced with high resolution. To achieve the volumetric effect, specially designed optical systems are used. The speaker system reproduces the sound series of hissing, crackling wood. The microprocessor stores dozens of hours of burning and sound effects recording. Separately, the functions of adjusting the brightness of burning and sound volume are available.
As a disadvantage of such imitation of the live fire effect, it is worth noting that when the viewing angle increases, the image quality worsens. For this reason, models of electric fireplaces with liquid crystal displays are executed in wall form. Models that also have a heating function are equipped only with infrared emitters, which do not allow heating a room with an area of more than 10 – 12m2.
Wall-mounted electric fireplace in the living room interior with decorative stone TV
Among the models with Electromechanical furnaces, the most realistic burning effect is given by the device of an electric fireplace with the illumination of evaporated water vapor. In a steam generator with this simulation principle, water evaporates under the influence of ultrasound. Steam is supplied by the injection system to the “burning” zone, where it is illuminated with halogen bulbs and LEDs.
In turn, the flickering of the light bulbs is controlled by a microprocessor, and their light is multidirectional. This allows you to recreate not only the flame effect, but also the volume of smoke above the hearth. The development of this principle is called Opti-Myst and belongs to the recognized leader in the market of electric fireplaces with a 3D flame effect – the company DIMPLEX.
Rectangular, built into the wall of decorative stone
The most common are models of electric fireplaces with the simplest imitation of a flame. The method is based on illumination of a rotating plate with slits by a complex of led bulbs. The resulting glare of light is reflected on the screen and dummy firewood. With this method of simulating a flame, you can adjust the brightness of the backlight and the speed of rotation of the plate with slits. The quality of recreating the burning effect is quite low, and manufacturers smooth it out by installing decorative frosted glass hearth doors.
What is the illumination for electric fireplaces?
The quality of recreating the live fire effect depends on the method of lighting in an electric fireplace. Manufacturers use the following light sources::
- the led point light;
- beam LEDs;
- halogen light bulbs;
- lamp for diffused light.
Decorative on the wall with lighting
In the complex, the lighting elements controlled by a processor with a set of complex algorithms create the illusion of a burning flame.
Additional features and configuration options
Manufacturers of modern models of electric fireplaces with the effect of live fire did not ignore such an important point as comfort in driving for users. Ergonomic control panels allow you to:
- monitor the status of the electric fireplace, including displaying a message about a malfunction of a particular unit;
- change the mode of its operation: adjust the temperature conditions, sound volume and brightness of the flame, smoke saturation.
|1||Flame effects (4 options);|
|2||Heater (1,2 kW);|
|3||Timer (from 30 minutes to 9 hours);|
|5||Temperature adjustment (16-28 degrees Celsius);|
In most models of electric fireplaces, touch-type panels are installed with the possibility of remote control of adjustments. The compact remote control provides the same set of controlled functions.
Important:Please read the operating instructions for the electric fireplace before starting work. There are management models that provide for a certain order of inclusion of certain functions.
What problems can occur during operation?
Electric fireplaces with a live flame effect have a number of the most common breakdowns during operation:
The problem:The fuse fails.
The decision:If the electric fireplace does not show signs of life, first check its integrity and replace it.
The problem:The steam generator filter is clogged.
The decision:Replace the filter element.
The problem:The light bulbs burn out.
The decision:You can usually replace it with your own hands. Be sure to set the wattage of the light bulbs before replacing them.
The problem:Rotating parts were worn out
The decision:Their wear is indicated by the noise that appears. Such parts include a fan heater and a rotating disk of the flame simulation element. Replacement of these parts, as well as replacement of the blown heater, is made in the service center.
Warranty and non-warranty cases
During the warranty period, almost any damage to the elements of the electric fireplace for the home is not due to the fault of the user, but must be repaired at the expense of the manufacturer. Failure of the heater, failure of the steam generator or electronic control unit will be corrected in the service center after an expert examination and drawing up reports.
At the same time, manufacturers can specify in the warranty a list of malfunctions that are eliminated at the expense of consumers.:
- burnt-out light bulb;
- a blown fuse;
- clogged filter element;
- any breakage due to non-compliance with the operating rules.
How to install an electric fireplace with a live fire effect with your own hands
Any electric fireplace with the effect of live fire has instructions in the kit – for installation, operation, and safety measures during use. Read them. Depending on the complexity of the installation, the manufacturer allows or prohibits the installation of their own hands.
Decorative, built into the wall together with the wall
Important:If you do not comply with the installation guidelines, the electric fireplace may be removed from warranty service. It is better to entrust the installation of the device to a specialist.
Before you start installing an electric fireplace, prepare a place for it:
- No flammable objects should be placed at a distance of less than 1 meter from the electric fireplace.
- The selected location must be dry, without the risk of water entering the device.
- The structure should be located in a darkened area or in a niche for the best effect of a burning fire.
- In a small room, use a corner installation.
- The power outlet must be located so that access to it is not obstructed by an emergency disconnection of the electric fireplace with a flame effect from the mains. The voltage and frequency of the current must correspond to those specified by the manufacturer-220V, 50Hz. If the parameters don’t match, buy an uninterruptible power supply.
It is enough to connect a free-standing structure to the network and activate it according to the instructions, placing it in a suitable place. But how to install a built-in electric fireplace? Let’s analyze the installation with our own hands step by step:
||1.based on the dimensions of the hearth of your electric fireplace, buy the necessary amount of metal profiles and drywall for mounting the niche frame. You can use two types of profile – guide 50×40 mm and rack 50×50 mm.|
||2. Assemble the frame of the niche. To do this, connect the metal profile. Fasten the frame with self-tapping screws-bugs of small length. The recommended length is 11-13 mm. As a result, we will get a parallelepiped with a height for your electric fireplace.|
||3. Run the trim frame drywall. You can use black self-tapping screws for fixing on metal with the recommended size of 3.5×25 mm. Be sure to seal the joints between the drywall elements and fasten the corners of the finished fireplace portal structure with galvanized perforated corners. After that, perform a primer and completely zashpaklyuyte the surface.|
||4. Inside we make a stand for our fireplace from profile pipes. On the right we make a hole for the wire|
||5. Install the electric fireplace in the niche. Pre-lay the wiring inside.|
||6. If required, embeds the indentations with putty. We install the external glass of the fireplace|
||7. Connect the heater to the network and verify that it works|
Safety rules for operation
|Icon||The security rule|
||Do not cover the 3D flame effect electric fireplace during operation to prevent it from overheating.|
||Do not place the appliance on soft, carpeted surfaces.|
||Do not touch hot surfaces to avoid burns.|
||Do not forget to ventilate the room if this is required by the operating instructions.|
Top 10 electric fireplaces on sale
So, now you understand what kind of electric fireplace with the effect of a live flame you need, based on the layout of the room, the features of the structures. The next important step is to choose the right model on the market, depending on the price. Today, there are a large number of models of fireplaces with different price ranges. Below you can find the most popular models