They have a 1500 watt heater built in. Same heat as one of the portable
heaters but a bit prettier to have in the room. They really have a
realistic "flame" look now. And no wood to haul in and drip snow all over
the living room carpet. I actually have a stainless steel chimney in the
corner of my living room but we didn't want the bother of running a wood
stove and really didn't need the heat as the gas furnace works great...just
wanted the decorative effect. Of course the cost of energy may change my
mind on that. And Mother In Law at 84 yrs of age was looking for something
to warm up her legs while sitting in her favorite chair.
Exactly my thoughts. I have a fireplace chase plumbed for gas. I
don't really want to go through all the bother of installing a real
gas fireplace as the permits, gas-fitter, etc. will run up quite a
bill for something I want only for the decorative effect.
I recall an unfavorable medical condition where folks putting their
feet against the fireplace caused the blood capillaries in the legs to
dilate. The end result was an ugly web of red capillaries in the legs
and perhaps develop some other disabilities arising from that. Check
with your doctor about this. An electric blanket to warm the legs
might be a better idea.
Admittedly a radical concept- DAGS.
These things are as common as dirt, and about as efficient, overall. No
way I could recommend one- not one with an electric heat strip. Don't
let me stop you, though.
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