From time immemorial, the hearth has been a symbol of comfort, warmth, beauty, and friendliness. Today, not everyone can or wants to keep an open fire at home, especially residents of city apartments. And electric fireplaces are a great alternative.
A home electric fireplace skillfully imitates the real fire that everyone loves to enjoy long free evenings. It eliminates the need to find ways to install a real fireplace, which requires the conditions, location and construction of the chimney.
Electric fireplaces for an apartment
The difference between an electric fireplace and a real one is that instead of an open fire, there is an imitation of it. Such a fireplace warms perfectly and, unlike other electric heaters such as radiators and fan heaters, it can work in different modes: warm and show a picture of a flame, just please the eye without heating.
To install such a device, it does not take long and difficult to organize a place for installation, prepare and connect it to the chimney, especially since it is simply not provided for in apartments. Maintenance and operation of such an electric fireplace heater is extremely easy.
The electric fireplace works silently, and the flow of warm air moves smoothly and gently, filling the room and enveloping it evenly and everywhere.
Fireplace modes can be adjusted depending on your needs. And not only regulate the heating temperature, but also the play of the flame. His work is simply mesmerizing, because the fire looks incredibly realistic. An electric fireplace looks harmonious in any interior — whether it is a country house or a summer house, an apartment, a cafe or a lobby of a public building.
Components of electric fireplaces
The main part of the decorative electric fireplace is the hearth — an electric fireplace built into a special portal. It can be a niche in the wall, a non-working fireplace, or a specially prepared structure. If you install the hearth separately, it will look like a fire. There is a wide variety of models of hearth fireplaces, so you can safely choose the right fireplace for both classic design and more daring, for example, high-tech style.
The portal for an electric fireplace is a frame that is made of stone, wood and other materials, depending on the preferences of the owner. A wide range of colors is also available. The fireplace portal in combination with the hearth is a harmonious and complete ensemble.
DIY electric fireplace
With a strong desire, you can independently manufacture and install an electric fireplace at home. First you need to decide on the place of its future location, its type, size. Then you need to buy a firebox and an electrical part of the fireplace. Of the tools you will need a hammer, screwdriver, level, screwdriver and metal scissors. Let’s start work!
We need to make a portal pedestal. To do this, you can use an unnecessary MDF countertop, covered with a protective layer that prevents moisture from penetrating and is not afraid of high temperatures. Please note that the area of the pedestal should be slightly larger than the portal.
We cover the entire wall on which the fireplace will be installed with heat-resistant building materials, for example, asbestos. We make the markup, with self-tapping screws we fasten guides from a metal profile along it. We sew the finished frame with drywall, we putty the joints, we strengthen all the corners with perforated corners.
After — we prime the entire surface, completely putty it. We make holes for ventilation opposite the lugs in the furnace body.
It remains to decorate the portal, choosing for this artificial stones, relief plaster, VD-paint or any other type of decor to your taste.
For a fireplace, you need to carry out all the necessary communications — electricity and ventilation for the firebox. That’s all — it remains only to connect the electric fireplace and enjoy the beauty of the flame playing in it.