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Looking for an electric fireplace to use as a spot heater

Posted by ncamy (My Page) on
Sun, Nov 29, 09 at 20:07

I want a good looking fireplace that will put out enough heat to supplement our bathroom on the fringe days before we turn on the furnace. The ambience will be a plus in addition to the fact that I need a "piece of furniture" or cabinetry to go along a blank wall in the large (18 x 12) bathroom. It will only be run occasionally, but when it does I want it to feel warm and look nice. Can those free-standing fireplaces be built to look built-in or do they have to sit up against the baseboard and stick out from the wall? I would like to find something under $1000 and would prefer something even cheaper, like maybe $400. Any brands or specific types of fireplaces recommended or that we should avoid? Thanks.

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RE: Looking for an electric fireplace to use as a spot heater

I have one in my living room--I don't remember the brand name but I bought it off the shelf about 4 years ago at Lowe's for about $400. It looks very good (cherry mantle and surround) and puts out enough heat to heat the whole floor (about 700 square feet). If you are going to buy one pre-made (e.g., not built in place), it will stand in front of your baseboard, though you may be able to get around that with some trim molding.

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