Do you know what an electric fireplace is?

Philippines
April 26, 2016 1:28pm CST
Modern technology sure has advanced a lot and everything seems to be electric now. We have electric stoves, electric cookers, electric heaters and now I hear about this product called an electric fireplace! where's the fun in haviong a fireplace if you can't throw logs into it? Have we become so lazy that we no longer have the patience to chop some wood and place logs into an actual fireplace? it's kinda fascinating though what people come up with nowadays. Do you know what an electric fireplace is?
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@quantum2020 (10035)
• Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico
26 Apr 16
It is a fireplace which can be the same as an ordinary fireplace; however, it functions with electtrcity.
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• Philippines
26 Apr 16
Kinda like that, I have to write something about it and I'm apalled with what we human beings have come up with...
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@quantum2020 (10035)
• Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico
26 Apr 16
@chipesterkhan Just put electricity instead of logs and you´ve got an electricity fire place.
• Philippines
26 Apr 16
@quantum2020 where's the fun in that? i like tossing logs into the fire to keep it going
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@yukimori (9092)
• United States
26 Apr 16
We have an electric fireplace. It's basically a space heater that's designed to look like a small fireplace, with artificial logs and lights that make relatively realistic 'flames' when it's turned on. I prefer it over the wood stove in our apartment because I simply don't trust the wood stove. My landlord isn't the best when it comes to maintaining things, and I have no idea when the chimney was last cleaned. On top of that, I have a toddler who can't be trusted around it, so it's never been used in the 5 years we've lived here. There's also the fact that firewood is expensive in my area--during winter, you can buy a small package of maybe 10 medium-sized logs for about $5. Of course, there's also the option of getting a permit and going out and cutting your own logs, but that requires the permit, equipment to cut the trees into manageable pieces with, and a vehicle that can not only get out in the middle of the woods where the approved cutting areas are but carry all of the cut wood out at the end of the day. We have none of that, so it would actually be ridiculously expensive for us to get started. Never mind the time it would take, or the fact that we'd have to pay for child care when we went out to cut wood, or the fact that I'd probably end up paying a huge toll physically because fibromyalgia and that sort of physical exertion don't play well together. I'll stick with the electric fireplace, silly as it may seem.
• Philippines
26 Apr 16
hmmm well seems like you made a decision based on logic. did you install that fireplace on your own or did it come with the apartment?
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@yukimori (9092)
• United States
26 Apr 16
@chipesterkhan The wood stove came with the apartment, which is unfortunate... if we owned this place rather than renting, it would be out of here as soon as I could drag it through the door. The electric fireplace is a small portable unit that I bought a few years after we moved in. It's actually a lot cheaper to use than the electric heaters that came with the apartment... those are up in the ceiling, which is completely idiotic considering that heat rises. So we use the fireplace to heat the living room when we're in there instead of leaving the in-ceiling units turned up all the time.
• Philippines
26 Apr 16
@yukimori okay so basically you just place it against the wall where you can easily plug it in? Oooohhh now I get it, It's just like one of those heating fans that I've come across in the past. how does the heat get transmitted? is there a way to direct the heat to a certain area in your room or does it just heat up and then the rest of the room gets warmer the longer it is in use?
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@maezee (33998)
• United States
26 Apr 16
I agree it does seem silly. I would be afraid to have any type of fireplace in my home, period, just because of the fire safety issue. I bet having an electric fireplace would be a lot better as far as clean up goes. Also, with "real" fireplaces, would your house smell like a bon fire all the time? I like the smell but only in moderation. Lol. Chances are I will not be able to afford either a real or electric fireplace any time soon.
• Philippines
26 Apr 16
well the fireplace is supposed to take care of the smell as it removes the smoke from the burning logs
@Hatley (164468)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Apr 16
oh yes I have seen them but I prefer the old do it yourself fireplace that burns real logs instead lol hatley here
• Philippines
26 Apr 16
@hatley how does it work? does it feel like the same thing?
@marlina (79706)
• Canada
26 Apr 16
Yes, I know what an electric fireplace is.
• Philippines
26 Apr 16
Do you have one installed in your house? have you used it? what's it like?
@toniganzon (53392)
• Philippines
26 Apr 16
I have seen it in the movies.
• United States
26 Apr 16
Actually I love chopping wood and smelling it burning BUT the absence of enough trees we actually need to cleanse the air is increasing rapidly so having an electric fireplace for warmth is a good way to stay 'green' . . .