History of the Electric Fireplace

The history of electric fireplaces is more interesting, and perhaps a bit longer than some might think at first. From its belittling introduction to the majestic marble mantle-clad wonders of today, knowing this history will make you unable to look at your electric fireplace the same way again.

Humble Origins Among the Stars

Traversing the ages, fire has been a common theme in man’s journey and advancement, especially in technological improvements. While the electric fireplace sits relatively late in the table of harnessing fire, it can claim to be an important innovation, rightly deserving to be made a part of the modern home. But for the first electric fires in 1912, the play was their restriction.

First Electric Fireplaces in Theater Productions

Electric fires were first used in theatre productions like this one – By Central Litho. & Eng. Co. (signed) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons; available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID var.1527.; image is a reproduction, also in the public domain.

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Calculating BTU’s Per Square Foot

The British Thermal Unit, or BTU, is the Imperial system’s basic unit of heat. One BTU is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. When you’re able to determine how many BTUs per square foot of space a room requires, you’ll can pick a heating device with the right heating capacity for your home.

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Do electric fireplaces really work?

Staying warm can be done efficiently, affordably, and aesthetically through the use of an electric fireplace. It’s commonly and incorrectly assumed that electric fireplaces can’t produce any heat; however, many models can produce anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 British Thermal Units (BTU’s) of heat. This may not be enough to warm your entire home, but it is certainly enough heat to warm up a small apartment or an entire home living room.

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What is an Electric Fireplace?

An electric fireplace is a heater that uses electricity to work, rather than a traditional fireplace that burns coal, wood, or natural gas. The electric fireplace is present in many modern homes, as it is better for the environment while also just as effective and aesthetic as the traditional counterpart.
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Do Patio Heaters Really Work?

Whether you want to grill year-round or you cherish your daily cup of tea on the deck, a good patio heater can be the deciding factor between a Siberian climate and serene. But, you’re skeptical. “Do patio heaters really work?” We’re here to tell you that they do. How they work, however, depends on the different types and sizes available to you.

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The Optiflame® Fire by Dimplex

Patented electric flame technology is at our fingertips in the Dimplex Optiflame® fire effect. This world-renowned electric flame can be seen in many Dimplex products, including the latest electric inserts and wall fireplaces.

Electric fireplaces were brought to life by Dimplex, when the Optiflame® was incorporated into the very first fireplaces on the market. Since then, the company has been consistently made the effect even more realistic year after year.

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How Electric Fireplaces Work

Whether you’re the current or soon-to-be owner of an electric fireplace, you’ve probably asked yourself, “how do electric fireplaces work.” It doesn’t take a physicist or electrical engineer to know this marvel, so let the experts at PortableFireplace.com teach you how electric fireplaces and electric inserts work.

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Electric Fireplace Warranties

Electric Fireplace Warranties

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Being knowledgeable about your electric fireplace’s warranty will make it easier for you to resolve any technical issues quickly. By being able to solve any problems that you may have, you’ll be able to be fully satisfied with any product that you own. Here’s the Portable Fireplace guide to the warranty information you need on your electric fireplace.
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The 5 Most Realistic Electric Fireplaces in 2016

Modern electric fireplaces feature realistic flames that have been able to simulate the charm of robust crackling flames in amazing fashion. Technology and innovation have led to various optical techniques that have created some of the most realistic electric fireplaces on the market. Everything from LED lighting, hologram images, and videos of actual wood burning fireplaces have been used in search of the most realistic electric fireplace.

Most realistic electric fireplace

While detailed information on new innovations provides technical backing, we’ve included videos to let you see just how real electric fireplaces can look. Seeing is believing!

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A Fireplace’s Value: Just How Much Does It Really Add?

For centuries, the fireplace is where we’ve retired to gather with family and friends at the end of a long day. After so many generations, it’s no wonder fireplaces are in the top three most desired features home-buyers are looking for.

Measuring a Fireplace’s Value to a Home

There’s just nothing like shaking off the winter chill by cozying up around a fireplace. In fact, we’ve been doing that very thing since the beginning of time. The fireplace represented the flickering heart of family gatherings, providing safety, security and a sense of home to those who gathered round. In many ways, they still do. For centuries we’ve kicked our feet up after a long day (hunting and gathering, accounting, personal training, you name it!) by the fireplace. After so many generations, it’s no wonder fireplaces are in the top three most desired features home-buyers want.

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Top 10 Remote Control Electric Fireplaces

One of the greatest benefits of electric fireplaces is its simplicity. No logs to replace, no ash to clean, no worry of stray embers—these are just a few of the many ways electric fireplaces make cozy living easier than ever. But the greatest convenience fits in the palm of your hand. Remote control electric fireplaces transform your environment with the ambient warmth of a fire from the comfort of your couch (preferably with a hot cocoa in hand).

Woman using an electric fireplace remote from the couch

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