I bought this about four years ago to heat my living room and it cost me about £50. Two house-moves later, it's still going strong.
It works by either remote control or the switches behind the fire. I must admit, with my allergy to reading instructions, it took me months to realise there was a thermostat behind the fire and that was why it kept mysteriously turning off the heat. You can also just run the light on the logs to try and convince yourself it's warm without having the heat on.
It is an effective little heater for warming a room, and we use it a lot - it's far more efficient than turning the heating on for the whole house. It's also nice-looking - a friend did actually mistake it for a real log-burner at one point! Because the heat works by blowing out warm air it's not possible to burn yourself on it - useful with a baby and two cats around.
Main disadvantage: it's HEAVY. I can't lift the thing, and as we sometimes want it in a different room it's left to my poor husband to grunt and shift it. That said, for the price and the time its lasted we are considering just getting a second one for the other room.
Our house has a double breasted chimney, one in the living room and one in the dining room, earlier this year whilst doing up our house we thought it would be nice to make a focal point of the fire place in the dining room but as the chimney in there has been blocked off we had to have an electric fire but as it was going to be a focal point of the room we wanted a realistic looking fire.
It didnt need to be anything big or expensive as it wasnt going to be used as our only source of heat with there already being a radiator in the dining room so when we saw this in B&Q it was just what we were looking for at the right price.
This fire has a lovely look to it, it fits very well in my dining room with the country cottage style we were going for in there, we have ours sat on a hearth plate with a fire surround to set it off but I have seen these used in rather modern looking rooms with leather sofas and laminate flooring looking just as nice so really could be used in any room no matter what the style.
I was initially worried that it would be hard to keep clean with it being black I thought it would attract dust really badly and constantly need cleaning but in fairness it hasnt been any worse than any other piece of furniture in our house although it is a challenge to get into every nook with a standard dusting cloth but my noodle gets it done easily enough.
We used this fire a lot more than I thought we would through the spring and summer of this year of an evening to take the chill off the dining room if we were in there of a evening and only wanted that room warming. I was really shocked how quickly such a small fire heated up our dining room which is a decent size at 12 foot by 15 foot.
This fire is so easy to use and can be put pretty much any where as long as there is a plug socket to plug it into, Sadly B&Q no longer sell this fire.
During this summer just gone Mr H and I had a new central heating system fitted. During the installation we decided to have the horrible old gas fire removed and the hole in the wall bricked up. Unfortunately this left us with no focal point for our nice wooden fire surround so the hunt was on for something to fill the void.
Nothing can beat the appeal of a roaring fire in the winter; it is the best place to curl up in front of with a mug of hot chocolate, a blanket and a good book.
Sadly due to expense and excessive work needing to be done to the existing chimney we could not have the wood burning stove we so desired so we decided to look for an electric substitute.
Our hunt for something affordable, which looked nice and would fit in the space, led us to B&Q. As we were electric fire hunting in the middle of the so called summer the choice of fires was some what eclipsed by the massive choice of fans that strangely enough nobody was buying.
After a short while we decided on the Small Traditional Electric Stove, currently available in B&Q for the very reasonable price of £71.
The stove comes in black cast iron effect and measures 545mm x 345mm x 235mm (HxWxD). As the Stove is electric no chimney is required, just close proximity to an electrical outlet. The heat output is rated at 0.9kW minimum and 1.8kW maximum. B&Q recommend that the fire is fitted by a qualified electrician but in all honesty we just took it out of the box, concealed the wire behind the fireplace, placed it on the hearth and plugged it in.
The controls of the fire are very simple to use and are hidden by the glass door on the front. The first button is the power on/off, the second is the flame effect on/off and the third is the heater on/off. You can have the flame effect on with out the heater or you can have the heater on without the flame effect or you can have flame effect and the heater on, it is up to you.
The flame effect is quite nice; the effect is caused by two low wattage bulbs. The light under the fake coals make the coals appear to glow and the second light creates the flickering flame effect behind the glowing coals.
When the heater is turned on the heat is instant, a bit like being blasted by a hair dryer. As the heater is a blow heater it is quite loud.
We usually only have the flame effect on the stove in the evenings as it casts a warm glow and makes the lounge feel very welcoming and cosy and we very rarely use the heater.
Being black the Stove is a bit of a dust magnet, dust manages to make its way into the decorative vents on the door but they are easy to clean as they are accessible when the Stove door is open. The glass in the door is also easy to keep clean.
I can't think of any downsides to the Stove, apart from the noise of the blow heater, but as we don't use the heater very often it is not an issue. The gentle glow given by the flame effect is very nice and gives a warm welcome feel to the lounge.
The bulbs in the Stove are easy to replace, the back panel just needs removing and then bulb can be swapped with another low wattage bayonet bulb. The stove is quite heavy and is not something I would want to lift and carry about, this is definitely a static heater.
In conclusion I think this is a great little electric stove and is a great substitute for the real thing, it is simple to fit and maintain and gives instant heat and adds the much needed focal point to our fire surround.
Thank you for reading.