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Valencia Nailed it on this unit. If you are looking for a great looking unit with great media (logs) with a very realistic flame with 4 settings, this is the one. Actual viewing area is around 10" x 20" but the entire area is active. The logs look real. The flames match up to the best I have seen. Have not tried heater but I did not purchase for that reason. Heater rated at 5100 which is a little higher than most. Valencia designed this unit with a curved glass and viewing from sides is great. FYI there is a main on off switch on bottom right which is not highly explained in directions.
Real Flame generates real, low level flame with a crackling noise. It makes a charming fire. I do open a window to vent the slight smell. The cans are cool to the touch when the fire burns out and easy to extinguish if necessary.
I had despaired of an economical way to use my Victorian hearth without a functioning chimney. This is perfect. The small size fits exactly into the hearth and the fire crackles, is real flame, and warms the room somewhat. It's charming! The unit was not easy to assemble and a rivet broke during assembly (which I simply repaired). The directions were for a somewhat different unit. When all was said and done, I am very happy with the option.
This fireplace is more beautiful than I even imagine. I love it. I'm so happy I got the gel fireplace instead of an electric one, love the real flames and the heat that it throws. Yes the fuel is expensive but to me it is worth it. The only reason I did not give this review five stars is because on the final piece that I needed to install ,which was the mantle , I discovered the holes for the screws did not match up!!!! I was not happy because I had everything together and that was my last piece. Other than that issue ,it's perfect. Get this one.
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