This Bradford Real Flame electric fireplace features a slim-line design and is only 8.7 inches deep. Featuring vivid flame technology with a programmable remote control and a pecan finish, lend warm ambiance to your home with this electric fireplace....more
This Bradford Real Flame electric fireplace features a slim-line design and is only 8.7 inches deep. Featuring vivid flame technology with a programmable remote control and a pecan finish, lend warm ambiance to your home with this electric fireplace.
Materials: Solid wood/ veneered medium-density fiberboard/ metal
Fuel required: no
Installation required: no
Dimensions: 41.22 inches high x 8.7 inches wide x 46 inches long
I love the fireplace and would recommend to anyone who is thinking about purchasing it. I am very happy with the looks of the flame and the quality of the blower. The wood is very nice quality. My order was shipped fast and in two boxes which were both packed securely and without any damage. Assembly was easy and the instructions were clear enough to understand.
I purchased the fireplace to add a focus point and fill a void between to bay windows in a 1909 house I'm rehabbing. It was just the right solution and price point for my problem. I am a professional interior designer and was concerned that a faux fireplace would not be effective. I was surprised by the quality of the woodwork and the thoughtfulness that went into the assembly instructions. It provides a lot of heat and the flickering "flames" satisfy the visual comfort of a real fire, but without the worry of singing nearby curtains or upholstery. It provides heat and entertainment and really warms up the room. I'm pleased.
I agree with the prior review regarding the " Pecan" finish, not really Pecan.
But, as far as rest of the review, you get what you pay for, and for under $500 not expecting a "This Old House" quality built fireplace.
It is doing just what we wanted and expected for a product like this and at this price point.
If you want " real" buy a wood burning stove for $3k, or have mason construct you a real fireplace for $10k.
Ads nice feeling to our living room, don't even use it for heat, just looks and a place to put some family pictures, and Christmas stockings.
It is so terribly made, it doesn't even try to be nice. Let's start with the best part, first. The firebox. Visually it makes an attractive approximation of a fire. It never looks real, but doesn't look cheesy. The compliments end there.
The worst part is the wood mantle. It's so bad, I'll cover it at the end. That is, if you're still reading by then . . .
Firebox: The fan/blower in the firebox sounds as though it is suspended on raw metal, as in no bearings. It makes disconcerting rattling and brushing noises. These noises don't resemble soothing in any way shape or form. They sound like the blower is about to fall out. You should hear nothing but the whooshing sound of air. The rattling is so loud, it actually drowns out any sound of moving air.
Nowhere in the instructions or on the realflame.com website is there a rating for heat output or power consumption. I can tell you why. Had they supplied a rating, you wouldn't have bought it. It's that poor. Think of it this way: It runs on a standard 120V / 15A outlet. Using standard electrical resistance type elements, it will put out no more heat than a hair dryer, as a hair dryer maxes out the outlet. Just imagine heating a room with a hair dryer. Had they used something like ceramic heating elements or another technology, it might have been a reasonable amount of heat. Even compared to a hair dryer, this realflame heater can't keep up. Plan on standing right next to it, else you'll never know it's on. It's funny, too, because there are caution stickers all over it, warning of the heat. Really? If it ever got hot, the stickers would burn right on the metal casing. They don't. Nothing ever gets even hot enough to be uncomfortable to the touch. Sure, if you restricted the airflow it would be dangerous, but in normal use it's never more than warm.
Wood mantel: The best thing I can say is about the color, and it's not good. It's far darker in person than in the picture. Know this up front. Pecan? Looks nothing like pecan. Their pecan finish is the color of dark mahogany. Therefore, I can't even imagine just how dark their dark mahogany is.
The two corner vertical pieces of the mantel that look like nice heavy pieces of wood? They're an illusion. Rather than being the wood posts they try to visually evoke, each one only has two sides, and each side made of thin partial board bolted together at the front corner. Like an L-shape. The side pieces are so badly warped, that even using the supplied bolts and brackets, you can't get them to straighten out and line up with the front pieces. Therefore the corner has a gap where the two pieces meet, from top to bottom. Not attractive.
Cabinet makers use cabinet-grade MDF (medium density fiberboard) on select panels because hardwood will bow, twist, warp, and expand/contract unevenly. So, certain pieces should be MDF with a veneer because MDF is prized for it's stability of shape. In a mantel, it should be all hard wood. This is not. This is 100% MDF with a veneer.
The MDF used is such low grade, it twists, bows, and warps. That's right, the material known for it's flatness and stability has warped and twisted. And, far worse than any piece of hard wood would have.
The fasteners (bolts and brackets) used to assemble the 11 pieces that make up the mantel are good. Yet, you can't screw bolts into MDF, they would instantly strip out. So, threaded metal inserts are pressed into the MDF for the bolts to screw into. The threaded inserts are so cheap, when you attempt to tighten the bolts, the threaded inserts just pull out of the MDF.
All of the cosmetic pieces are bolted to each other, even if they're merely cosmetic. The only structural pieces in the entire mantel are the two vertical strips that the firebox bolts to. However, rather than bolt those two structural pieces to the rest of the MDF, they're nailed with the smallest brad nails I have ever seen. They must be about 24 gage, they only protrude about 1/4" into the next piece of wood, and there are hardly any of them used. It's a joke. The cosmetic pieces are bolted together while the structural pieces are poorly tacked in place.
The top horizontal part of the mantel has trim all around it, secured with the same tiny brad nails. When I attempted to bolt the top onto the rest of the mantel, rather than close the gap between the two pieces, the brad nails gave way and the trim pieces fell off, leaving the top piece just sitting there with nothing to secure it.
All of the through-bolts in the mantel, save two, go through 2 pieces of wood. Those other two go through 3 pieces of wood. Wouldn't you think they would provide two bolts longer than the rest? They didn't. No surprise, those last two bolts are too short. They can't even reach through far enough to get threaded into the threaded insert. Again, these two secure the top of the mantel.
So, of the four bolts securing the top of the mantel, two are too short, and the other two screw into tacked on trim pieces that have broken free.
Packaging and defects: At the factory one of the front pieces was damaged. It had to be at the factory because it was all sealed in thin foam wrapping paper that was undamaged. Yet, it passed inspection and was put into the package. Another piece was damaged during shipment, and NOT by the shipper. It was damaged because it was improperly packed. See, all the pieces are flat. They are laid in the box and separated by thin foam wrapping. They're all different lengths, as well. Yet, there are no foam inserts to accommodate the different lengths of the pieces. So, once packaged up and sent on it's way, the short pieces inside the box are free to slide around and smash into other pieces while in transit. I just can't comprehend how anything costing nearly $500 could be so poorly packaged. Even the cardboard was thin single layer. The firebox? It's package was double corrugated cardboard with thick foam supports. The firebox is metal. You would think realflame would have protected the delicate fragile wood as well or better, not less.
If you want one of these, don't plan on using it as a heater. Just turn on the fake flame and appreciate the faux fire image. If you're going to do that, you can easily get a screen saver for your computer that does the same thing for a fraction of the cost.
Hello ashley, thank you for your inquiry! This heater has 4,700 BTU heat output which should heat approximately 460 square feet. Hope this helps, have a great day!overstockcustomercare1 on Nov 21, 2014
Hello jskmtaylor4, This fireplace is beautiful! Unfortunately, we don't currently offer this fireplace in any other models. I apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks for shopping with us.overstockcustomercare1 on Feb 1, 2014
Thank you for contacting us bayareacustomer2013. Unfortunately no, we apologize for any inconvenience we might have caused. Please let us know if you have any further questions.overstockcustomercare1 on Dec 1, 2013
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