Dimplex CS3311 Compact Electric Stove
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- Electric stove with 3D flame technology for a realistic-looking fire
- Fan-forced heater distributes 5,115 BTUs of heat; no venting required
- Adjustable thermostat; fire effect with or without heat; concealed controls
- Freestanding, portable design; on/off remote control included
- Measures approximately 11-2/7 by 20 by 23-1/8 inches
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For instant warmth plus ambiance, this portable electric stove features patented flame technology for the 3D effect of a realistic-looking fire, complete with dancing flames, but without the hassle of cut wood, an open flame, propane, or fumes. The freestanding unit does not require venting or a chimney, and no combustion means no greenhouse gasses--just plug it in to any standard household outlet and turn it on for economically heating a living room, bedroom, or other cozy place in the home. The unit's fan-forced heater quickly and quietly distributes up to 5,115 BTUs of soothing warmth, while its adjustable thermostat allows for maintaining personal comfort levels. The stove can also provide a glowing fire without heat for visual enjoyment year-round. Concealed controls offer a clean look and a remote control comes included for turning the unit on or off from anywhere in the room. The 1500-watt electric stove measures approximately 11-2/7 by 20 by 23-1/8 inches.
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While we are not in the dead of winter yet, I can say that the heater provides plenty of heat to bring the temperature up quickly and to a point where it is downright toasty. To get the room to that temperature, it seems to cycle about 50% of the time (the outside temperature has been about 40 degrees). As pointed out in other reviews, the unit itself does not get hot like a traditional wood stove but rather the heat comes out of a lower blower unit which houses the electic heater. The blower remains on even when the electic heating element has cycled to "off". I had no concern about the wood floor temperature getting too hot in front of the unit.
About the unit...It seems to be built well, the finish looks like a real cast iron wood stove but the unit weighs only about 25 pounds. The flames are very realistic! We have three fireplaces in the house and while this unit does not provide the same ambiance (you don't feel radiant heat coming from the stove), it is much better than a ceramic or oil-filled heater. For our purpose of heating the room and having a nice looking piece in the room, it is perfect. The heater is 1500 watts and when it kicks in, the lights in the room dim a little (everything is on a single circuit). Despite this, the plug on the unit or the wall receptacle does not seem to get warm. The fan on the unit makes a low hum which is not very noticeable. There is a knob on the back of the unit which operates as a thermostat or you can purchase one of these thermostat'ed plugs from Amazon WIN100 Heating & Cooling Programmable Outlet Thermostat. Love the on/off remote and like others, wish you could control the temperature setting from it. Great unit and we may purchase another for the upstairs master bedroom to sit in front of the wood fireplace which gets sparse use.
I will update this review in the middle of winter to comment on how well it heats when the winter nights go below 20 or 30 degrees and the unit gets much more use. Also, we will be able to get an idea of whether or not we are saving money by turning down the thermostat in the rest of the house and heating the room we spend much of our time in. There were some who commented on the reliability of the unit and that, only time will tell. But for now, it gets five stars for looks, realism and functionality. Dimplex Compact Electric Stove (CS3311)
Update 1: After using the unit for a month, we love it even more. We ordered a second one for the upstairs bedroom. I have cut back the gas furnace thermostat 2 degrees and use the current unit in the family room where it has kept the room "warm and cozy".
People are wondering how much does this cost to run? You can calculate how much once you go to your electric bill and see how much you are being charged per kilowatt hour (kWh) - on our bill, it is broken into two charges: a delivery and a supply charge...you need to add these two costs together). A kilowatt hour is equal to running a device that uses one thousand watts for one hour. A 100 watt bulb needs to burn for 10 hours to use one kilowatt. The CS3311 would use 1500 watts (heater and "flame") or 1.5 kilowatts (kW). If the heater was on 100% of the time for 24 hours (which it usually would not be), it would use 1.5 kW X 24 hours = 36 kilowatt hours (kWh). My electric costs about 18.5 cents ($0.185) per kWh so it would cost me (36 X $0.185) $6.66 to run it 24 hours a day (which is a maximum of $200 per month) IF the heating element stayed on constantly. If the heating element cycles 50% of the time (which is what I have noticed but it depends on how high you turn the little temperature knob up in the back of the unit), then it would cost $4.00 per day (this number is not half of $6.66 because the unit still uses 300 watts per hour to run the light bulbs, heater fan and internal motor that "produces" the flame even when the heating element is off). Now, we only run the unit when we are in the room (about 5 hours a day) so it should actually cost us about ($4.00 X 5 / 24 ) = $0.83 per day (or about $25 per month).
Now, Dimplex makes this all even easier. They say it costs 3 cents an hour to run the "flame" and 8 cents an hour to run the heater and the flame (assumes heater element is on 50% of the time) for a typical electric rate. My cost to run the heater and the flame is about $0.17 per hour (to run the "flame" alone it is 5.6 cents per hour). Clearly, their electric costs less than mine :-(
So how much does it cost you? You need to know your electric rate then follow one of the formulas below:
The MOST it could cost you per day in dollars = (your electric rate in dollars per kWh) X (1.5) X (24)
Daily cost in dollars with a 50% heater cycle time = (your electric rate in dollars per kWh) X (0.9) X (24)
Typical HOURLY cost in dollars with a 50% heater cycle time = (your electric rate in dollars per kWh) X (0.9)
The fire effect is pretty realistic (better than my friend's pricey one)and I feel it is pretty safe-it has a blower underneath-so the top and sides stay cool (nice if you have cats and kids) I'm thinking of making a fake hearth for it because the floor does get a little warm under it. I wouldn't put a rug under it.
As for heating capacity-it takes awhile to heat an area up-but if you leave it on, it can heat a large area-I have it in the center of an open floor plan 1100 sq ft house-I have left it on overnight so I don't have to turn on the furnace-keeps the room it is in nice and toasty and the bedroom is a bit cooler(perfect!). I got my first electric bill and after leaving it on for about 7 nights, all night-no major change in my bill! I haven't tested it in the dead of winter yet-but I feel that it will definitely help with the bills! hey-and no lugging logs!
Left on, this heater will spill heat out into the rest of the cottage (TLR #4) and flood the adjacent bathroom with warmth: no wonder I don't use the gas heater system as much! In fact the heater, which is so quiet you have to focus a bit to hear if it is on (TLR #5) can actually make that room a bit too toasty, which is why I heartily recommend this model, with its remote control (TLR #6). You will make a big mistake if you don't opt for this feature. Because with the remote, once tucked in under the duvets, you can switch the heater on and off at will, throughout the night if need be, without bestirring yourself or others.
Now my gas heater is programmed to go on in the rest of the house only in the morning, which means that my four cats, who adore watching the flickering toy flames, now sleep with me and the Dimplex, every night - which makes TLR #7,8,9,10!
More reasons to love this little heater : TLR #11 - very lightweight yet, TLR #12, very well-made, TLR #13, charming and full of 'ambience', TLR #14, very safe, even on carpet it doesn't heat the surrounding floor but sends the heat upward, #TLR 15, and kind of goofy fun, like a toy for a grown-up, TLR #16.
So there you have it: my sixteen reasons for highly recommending this heater, esp. if you have an area in your house that just doesn't heat up easily.