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Duraflame DFI021ARU Electric Log Set Heater with Realistic Ember Bed, Antique Bronze
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- 4,600 BTU heater provides supplemental zone heating for up to 400 square feet
- Rolling, pulsating, realistic log set and ember bed projects flames onto the back of an existing fireplace
- Flame effect can be operated with or without heat, providing the ambiance of a gentle rolling fire all year long
- Portable unit comes fully assembled and ready to heat and requires no venting or gas lines. Includes an owner’s manual and easy-to-follow instructions.
- Safe for kids and pets - stays cool to the touch
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Duraflame DFI021ARU Electric Log Set Heater with Realistic Ember Bed
Place this LED log set into an existing fireplace and the watch the flames project in the back.
The realistic log set and ember bed sit in an Antique Bronze finish fire grate and feature a rolling, pulsating, flame effect that works with or without heat.
Control the log set from anywhere in the room using the included multi-function remote control.
Why choose a Duraflame Electric Log Set with Heater?
Zone Heating Saves
Heating your entire home all day may not be the best economic choice for your utility bills, particularly with the rooms which are used only during certain parts of the day, like bedrooms, dens and basements.
Zone heating is an effective way to provide comfort to your home, without having to warm every room. You can shut off the heated air blown to different sections (or 'zones') of your home which aren’t occupied and use a portable heater to provide supplemental zone heating for the part of your home which is occupied.
The Duraflame DFI021ARU electric log set heater provides you with greater control over heat distribution in the home. You can harness the energy and money savings of zone heating by warming only the room you’re in and lowering energy bills by turning down your thermostat.
Advantages of Zone Heating
Energy efficiency – You don’t have to waste extra energy to heat rooms that aren’t occupied.
Control – Placing a heater in the different rooms of your home allows you to decide suitable temperatures for each particular room, since every room may not require the same amount of heat.
Individualized control and comfort – Since different members of your household have different individual needs for warmth, the Duraflame DFI021ARU electric log set heater allows them to set the temperature to what they want without having to disturb other household members.
Looking at its advantages, zone heating can save energy and give you more control to customize the temperature of the different zones of your home, plus reduce the wear and tear on your HVAC unit.
Year Round Ambiance
As the outdoor air temperature changes, you can enjoy the relaxing quality of the dancing flames and glowing ember bed of a fire year-round without getting too warm. Additionally, this log set can create an atmosphere which adds charm and romance.
The Duraflame DFI021ARU electric log set heater with a realistic log and ember bed will provide visual delight and the warmth of a fire, plus the convenience to allow you to control the temperature, including turning the heat completely off.
Having the convenience to turn off the heat gives you the ability to continue enjoying the relaxing effect of a flickering fire during the warmer spring and summer seasons.
Safe to Use
This log set is very safe to use. With the Duraflame DFI021ARU electric log set heater, you will not have to worry about exposed flames, dangerous pilot lights or the log surface becoming hot to the touch. The log surface stays cool to the touch, which means it is safe to operate around children and pets.
This safety features provide you the peace of mind to safely operate your log set without the need to constantly keep a watchful eye on your home, children or pets.
Place this LED log set with realistic ember bed into an existing fireplace and watch the dancing flames project on to the back of the existing fireplace. The realistic log set and ember bed sit in an Antique Bronze finish fire grate and feature a rolling, pulsating flame effect that works with or without heat. Provides supplemental zone heating up to 400 square feet. No hookups or vents required, just plug it in. Control the log set from anywhere in the room using the included remote control.
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We have a smallish fireplace that had been set up with propane artificial logs, but has been disconnected for the 15 years we’ve owned the house. We had gone to a lot of trouble to refinish the tiles and woodwork, and now are pleased beyond words that we can enjoy our beautiful fireplace the way it was meant to be, with a cozy, welcoming fire!
So easy to use; pulled it from the box and had it set up and running in two minutes. Lightweight at 14 lbs and easy to maneuver. It is important to measure the space this will go into to make sure the fit will be right; it might disappear into a fireplace that is too large. The dimensions are 20.5” wide x 8.7” deep x 12” tall
Our fireplace and hearth are flat to the floor, but I would see no problem setting this unit on an existing grate or a couple of bricks if needed to raise it above a lip. We happen to have built-in wall recesses in a couple of rooms for entertainment centers. If we didn’t already have a fireplace I could see these working quite well to serve the purpose, with a little bit of additional fireplace brick/wood/hearth fakery to match.
The "logs" nicely mimic the appearance of real logs in the process of burning. They won't fool anyone taking a close look, but once they’ve been running a while, you forget that they are artificial. I’ve been around fireplaces and wood stoves my whole life, and you know a fake log set is not going to look like a real one, no matter how good it is. But it also won’t smoke up the house, pop out sparks, fill up with ashes, soot up the mantle, and drop bits of wood all over the floor. This is an excellent choice for a maintenance-free fireplace.
There are 2 fire effects: rippling flames and glowing logs.
The “flames” are just orange light reflected off twirling foil strips projected through flame shaped windows onto the back of the fireplace, giving a surprisingly realistic look. I tend to notice patterns quite readily, and didn’t find repetition to be a problem. The distance from, and color of, the surface they shine on can affect their appearance, so feel free to experiment with that. There are 5 levels of brightness to the flames that you can control with the remote, just make sure to pause a moment between button presses to give it time to change, and the differences are subtle. The highest setting would work well, say, during a party with the lights on. The lowest setting when all the lights are off for a more tranquil atmosphere.
The glowing logs are simply red LEDs inside the logs that increase and decrease intensity, and unfortunately do not do so smoothly, but rather in a jerky manner. The “ember bed undulation” control gives you the option to change this to a steady light.
The really nice part is that the flames, the ember bed, and the heater can all be controlled separately: flames on (with 5 levels of brightness) or off: ember bed undulating or steady: heater on or off. Flickering flames distracting you from your movie? Turn ‘em off! Ambience of a fire in the summertime without the heat? Done!
There are no popping/crackling sound effects, which we personally find distracting and don’t miss at all. Easy enough to remedy with a little speaker hidden behind the logs.
The controls for the unit are located on the right side, not the front which would ruin the appearance of it being a ‘real’ fire, and are easy to reach. A remote with batteries is included, which controls everything but the thermostat. Make sure the power switch on the unit itself is switched on first. We’ve found the remote to be a bit finicky, and has to be pointed rather low to work. If you press the power button and nothing happens, try pressing one of the other buttons.
The 6-foot power cord also comes out of the right side. If it is too short, the manufacturer has said that you can use a 14 gauge heavy-duty extension cord. I have convincingly hidden many cords in plain sight by painting them with background-matching acrylic paint, cheap and available at any craft store.
The log set is made of plastic, but doesn’t feel cheap. Since it is made to go into a confined space, which you would avoid with a standard heater, it is made to stay cool pretty much everywhere other than the vent at the bottom front of the unit, located just under the “grate”. Despite it looking like a fire, it is impressively cool on the top and sides, so we feel safer running it.
The heater is 1350 watts and 4600 BTU, so it's not the most powerful heater, but that’s kind of what small fires are like anyway, and you aren’t losing heat up the chimney. The Duraflame is of the low heat blower type. It won't heat up a room super fast, but it will get a small room warm within about a half hour. It is hot 2 inches from the blower, warm from any other distance. The blower is about as loud as you would expect from any space heater. We heat our house with propane, which is much more expensive in our area than electric, and although we have only used this for a short time we’ve already noticed that the furnace is firing a lot less often (now THERE’S a loud blower!)
There is a humming sound when the flame effect motor is on, but the sound is so slight that most other noises (like conversation or the TV) block it out entirely. I don’t have glass doors on my fireplace, but I imagine they would help to muffle the hum, if used only for the light effects and not heating.
This device can be plugged into a standard timer. It allows you to set it to warm up rooms at certain times, and make sure it gets turned off when not in use.
First of all, keep in mind that all heaters have a limit of 1500 watts. There several different types of heaters that do different things. For example, concentrated heat that's quite intense but narrowly focused. Radiant heat that's not super hot, but will maintain temperature in a small room. And general low heat blowers. These are not the technical terms for heater types, just a general description of what electric heaters do. In any case, the Duraflame is of the low heat blower type. It won't heat up a room super fast, but it will get a small room warm within say a half hour. This makes it neither bad nor good. The fact is, manufacturers have been making ridiculous claims about electric heaters and it seems like the public has taken the bait, hook, line and sinker. Most heaters throw off the same amount of heat, it's just a question of the degree it's radiated or blown. So with that in mind, the Duraflame is just fine.
Now with that out of the way, the pros, cons and neutrals:
The back of the heater throws off a random light of glowing flame. The farther away it is from the back of your fireplace, the wider the area this light covers. Since have a huge fireplace we placed the Duraflame closer to the front of the fireplace. This expanded the flame to cover more of the space behind the heater which is exactly what we needed. So this creates some versatility in terms of how large your fireplace is.
I've used a Dimplex in the past and this has a more realistic flame. Without a question.
Buttons on the side. Other reviewers have this as a negative, but I strongly disagree. Why would you want visible buttons on the front? You want them hidden. It would be ugly on the front and ruin what little ambiance this heater offers.
While I think this is better than the Dimplex, it's still not like a real fire. The blower kills the mood unless you have other noises in the room. The problem is that there needs to be a crackling sound of a real fire to cover the blower noise. Otherwise, at least when you're using the heater, you know you're using a heater. That being said, I've yet to personally witness a heater that actually didn't give itself away with a blower noise. Maybe it's available with a far more expensive fireplace log heater, I don't know.
Price. Personally, I think ALL these $100+ heaters are overpriced. You're going to get the same level of heat from a $50 heater. Don't buy this for the level of heat. You buy this because it looks like a fireplace fire.
Six foot cord. Short, so buy an extension. Not a big deal.
Controls. The remote control works fine, but the buttons on the side have seemed erratic at best. I've been able to easily control the Duraflame with the remote. The side buttons, not so much.
Some of the options are overkill. There are five settings for the flames when maybe two is all you need. Overly complicates setting it up.
I'm giving the Duraflame four stars because I'm not aware of any heater in this price range that does everything I want. It's good for what it is. I suspect if you want something better you'll need to pay a lot more.