This is going to be a terribly corny review and please do laugh ( or cry) if you need to. This has been the most depressing and sad year for me and I've been dreading the holidays. You see, I am a traditionalist who loves Christmas even though I'm Jewish. The holidays were never about presents but more about slowing down and enjoying the company of family and friends and my dogs who were the only pure source of joy in my life. I loved baking and cooking and decorating and making the home such a festive beautiful place to be for a month. This year I don't have any family and many of my friends have passed or moved away and both of my dogs died this year so I'm all alone. To make matters even more distressing, I finally decided to leave a horrible 18 year marriage to a very unkind angry man. The price I must pay for my freedom is losing everything including my home, my gardens, and my cherished fireplace which has meant the world to me for many years. I've been literally forcing myself to try and celebrate the season even though the thought of doing so isn't in my heart at all and frankly, anything that conjures up memories just makes me feel even worse. I have cried and cried almost every single day for months and I finally got so fed up with feeling so horrible and depressed that I spent Thanksgiving at a Mission as a volunteer chef which helped lift my spirit enough that I could come home and put up a small tree in my tiny office and I have all my dog's toys around it. Then today during one of my down moments, I decided to practice living without my fireplace by putting this video on my computer in my office. Depressed and cynical, I didn't expect much but oh my was I ever pleasantly surprised! The first version without the music was so realistic that I actually felt warmth radiating from my computer screen ( I'm so desperate for happiness that I am able to delude myself into believing all sorts of things- even in Santa). Then, I played the version with the fire and music. I must confess, this video has really lifted my spirit and changed my entire outlook. I feel recharged and hopeful that I will once again look forward to the holidays even if I don't have a home with a fireplace next year. Happy Holidays everyone.
UPDATE: Raised rating to 5 Star. My earlier review complained about music, but my antiquated DVD player was to blame for not being able to bring up the disc menu. It's terrific that one can choose between listening to music or only to the crackling fire. The flames of an expertly built wood fire are as real as if there were a real wood burning fireplace. This fireplace DVD is much better than another I saw that was gas flames. I love this thing, and it isn't hard to convince oneself that one feels heat emanating from the "fireplace."
Edited Original review: The DVD version of this Fireplace is accompanied by music which spoils the enjoyment of the fire. I was hoping the DVD would play like the Prime streaming version which has only the sounds of the crackling fire. I much prefer only the fire sounds so that the video can play with one's own choice of other sounds in the room, be it music, TV, or conversation. The flames of the fire are great. It is such a disappointment.
this is best purchase ever. keep it in my amazon library and set my sleep timer and then turn on the fire. no music,just natural crackling of a good douglas fir sap fire. with bits of popping and hissing. luv it!
I was disappointed in the music on this disc. A fire is usually thought of as a meditative aid, but the music is piano only and it sounds like improvisation in a high octave. Piano "plinking" I call it. It's as if the pianist was more interested in proving his skill, rather than providing music for relaxation . Non of the pieces played were recognisable or known to be associated with the Christmas Holiday. And maybe this DVD wasn't intended to be.
This wood burning fire starts out slowly and intensifies looking realistic the whole time with the cracking and popping sounds of the wood burning or can be played with some soft music. The first time I watched it late at night I curled up on the sofa and fell asleep because it was so relaxing. It was better than the real thing because there's no mess to clean up, no added expenses like chimney to clean or wood to buy, no smoke inhalation, and no danger of burning the house or anything. There was no advertising on mine. When it finished playing there was only a brief pause and it started all over again repeatedly. It's perfect to warm up that cold night or to gather around like a campfire. It is so nice to play when company gathers especially for Christmas for that warm cozy feeling. People can still have conversations but have something to watch. Love this DVD so much!!!!
I love having Fireplace For Your Home on in the background while working in my office. It adds a nice, warm ambiance to the room and I find it very relaxing. I originally watched it through Netflix, but recently moved back to Virginia and the Internet service is not as good here. I have to save some bandwidth by playing the program on DVD, which is actually much clearer and I don't have to wait for it to buffer frequently. The program restarts automatically as soon as it ends, which is a nice feature. It also comes with a bonus track (mountain stream, I believe) which will be nice in the spring/summer. The product arrived on time and I'm very happy with it. I only wish that the Birchwood Edition was included as well. Overall, extremely pleased with the product.
Absolutely perfect. Love it. Starts out with fresh logs just as a real fire does and as it progresses the logs catch on fire and burn up. It is so realistic you can tell it is a real picture of a real fireplace fire. As you listen to the crackling of the wood burning and watch the flames grow and consume the logs you can almost feel the heat. There are no pop up ads to distract you and when it comes to the end it just starts over. Just curle up put on some soft music and grab your favorite book. You will love it too.