Fireplaces are all about the flame. Either it sells you and you are mentally traveling to a cozy cabin or a noisy and active bonfire. When you are purchasing an electric fireplace, spend time investigating the flame to be certain it meets your expectations. The flame effect shapes your long-term enjoyment of the fireplace.
Of course, buying a fireplace is a big-picture type of process. You need to know the economics and efficiencies of the model. You want a sustainable choice with limited emissions. You want the physical fireplace to look gorgeous. And, too often, you forget about the flame.
In this blog post, you will learn:
- How does an electric fireplace flame work?
- How do different fireplaces make different flames?
- What are the different varieties of the flame?
- Why choose an electric fireplace?
- What is the function of the flame?
- How does heating tie to flame?
- What does a MagikFlame look like?
- What does a MagikFlame feel like?
- How does a MagikFlame work?
How does an electric fireplace flame work?
A flame is a beautiful but tricky thing. It is a plasma, neither solid, liquid, nor gas. It mesmerizes with a collection of colors. A set of non-replicable movements dance away. With most of the electric fireplace flames out in the world, it is immediately clear that this is not real flame, or it is real and looks like a blue gas jet and not a wood-burning flame. Lights may hit some phantom cloth as it dances, and the ambiance is simply wrong. Knowing the right flame to fit your needs helps you choose the best flame for your fireplace.
How do different fireplaces make different flames?
Fireplaces come in many varieties. Old-fashioned traditional wood fireplaces have advanced into gas and electric fireplaces which have developed into infrared quartz electric fireplaces. Each of these types of flames has different strengths.
Traditional wood fireplace
An old-fashioned wood fireplace has the flame everyone aims for. It burns low, dancing through the red, orange, and yellow range of colors. Then it hits some sap or something with a little more energy. Green and blue sparks fly. The flame moves around, battered by drafts or seeking more oxygen to burn. A wood flame has an ambiance.
A wood-burning stove works much like a fireplace, except they enclose the flame, which you can sometimes see through a small window. Some of these stoves burn alternate materials such as pellets. People buy these more for the heat and less for the flame.
Gas fireplaces have a nice warming flame. But a natural gas or propane flame is a unique creature. It has two colors, blue and white. It flickers but does not have time to dance. The most powerful thing in its world is the release of its fuel, and that is as steady as the flames themselves. A gas fireplace makes warm air, but it comes off sterile.
Electric fireplaces come in different forms, from a firebox that slips into your current fireplace to wall-mounted and corner units. When buying, people tend to be focused on how the electronics work and the appearance of the mantle. People who have owned one for a time talk about the flames instead.
How does an electric fireplace flame work? Electric fireplace designers saw the fireplace flame and loved it. They saw the gas flame and knew they could improve on that. Different designers work on original plans. Electric heaters make their heat without a flame, so they got the chance to create a semblance of a flame from something else. The next section lists these types of flame.
What are the different varieties of the flame?
Each electric heater has its own type of flame. These flames differ and it is important that you check out the flame before purchasing an electric heater. With so many people buying fireplaces online, it is especially important to check out the flame, because you cannot see it.
Mechanical flames are made in several, but related ways. For many, a drum turns and flashes objects in front of a light. The light could be one color or many. They design special fabrics to reflect the light from light bulbs. This process produces lovely flickering lights. Beautiful and nice to watch. But not fire. Mechanical electric heaters circulate warmed air.
Water vapor flames
Water vapor is an unusual idea for a flame. Someone thought to make a fire out of water. They ran water near the heating unit and released it as steam. The fireplace shows lifting steam being hit with lights. They can set the changing colors right. But mist is not fire – and water behaves differently than plasma. Plus, the owner must refill a water reservoir to get the flames. The flame is flickering and beautiful, but it does not look at all like an actual flame.
Chemical flames are another choice for electric fireplaces. A can of a chemical agent (something like Sterno) is lit and placed in the electric fireplace. Here, the flame is real. Developers can adjust the chemical mix to display different colors. But the flame arises from one spot and lacks the chaotic element of wood-fire.
Holographic flames are the state-of-the-art. The base of the fireplace is a log set. Atop that the system projects a flame movie using an LED bulb. Atop of that, lasers make holographic flickers, giving the flame its third dimension and adding some unpredictability. Sound like a Hollywood flame movie? It is.
Our founder used to work in the movie special-effects world. There, he specialized in creating holograms that looked more real than before. When he turned that FX skill to flame-replicating, he designed the core of the MagikFlame, its flame. You even get to choose your flame-effect. MagikFlame fireplaces include 30 ultra-realistic flames. Do you like embers flickering in a red glow? We have got you covered. Do you like dancing flames showing off all their colors? We have that one, too. We also have crackling log sounds and a faint scent of pine and fire in the background.
Why choose an electric fireplace?
An electric fireplace has no flame. The heating element creates radiant heat that warms you and the room immediately. It can be a freestanding unit or a traditional fireplace. Homeowners want flickering flames without hassle.
Real wood fireplaces and stoves need venting, so harmful gasses like carbon monoxide leave the house. Particulates and other pollutants travel out of the flue. Clean up is a dirty process and requires both homeowner and professional cleaning. A traditional fireplace comes with responsibility. You clean the chimney and watch the flue. You carry wood and maybe cut it.
An infrared quartz fireplace does not have a real flame, but it creates the image of a real fire. The fireplace also has a thermostat that works into and with your existing home heating, It creates 5200 BTUs which can heat 1000 square feet. But you can turn that up and down with your remote control. Or change flames. MagikFlame quartz infrared electric fireplaces come in several styles of wall mounted electric fireplace or corner mounted. You can also get a firebox to install into your existing fireplace.
How does electric fireplace flame work?
What is the function of the flame?
The function of the flame is to connect you, the user, to the experience of the fireplace. (It was that or carrying wood. We thought you would like the flame better). It pulls you in and communicates that all around you are comfortable. A realistic electric fireplace brings in the full experience. LED lights plus holographic technology mean that this has realistic flames. You feel the heat against your skin while your watch flickering flames.
How does heating tie to the flame?
The heating and the flame are entirely separate. (In fact, if you don’t want to look at flames, we recommend the Fishtank). We found the best way to produce heat and the best way to simulate flame and paired them together to create an amazing realistic electric fireplace.
In a mechanical electric fireplace, a heating coil turns electricity into heat. Then a blower picks up that warm air and circulates it around the room. A convection current moves cool air out and brings in warmer air with a fan.
An infrared electric fireplace uses quartz as a heating element to create infrared light and heat that you can feel immediately in the room. It does not need a fan or even moving parts. You do not hear a fan; you hear the crackling of flames. Heat travels across greater distances. This type of heating is the most energy-efficient and costs less than all methods (including central heating) other than gas heat. But the price of gas is very low and will rise and fluctuate.
Both fireplaces create supplemental heat. MagikFlame fireplaces plug into a regular outlet, or you can have an electrician come to wire it straight into your house. The fireplaces heat a room or a smaller area (up to 1000 square feet). MagikFlame designed its fireplace to be part of a home-heating plan that includes multiple sources of heat. MagikFlame is not the only builder of infrared heaters. (Although we think we create the best electric fireplaces.) Dimplex creates good heaters as well.
What does a MagikFlame look like?
It looks like a flame. It actually looks like 30 different flames. You can choose a classic fireplace flame, a campfire flame, or the Phoenix flame. Rather than listen to 30 flame reviews right now, you can go to our flame gallery. We have a movie of our flames so you can see. Or come to our photo idea gallery where you can imagine a MagikFlame in your own living room. Look at our fireplace models as well. Is your electric fireplace part of your entertainment center? There is no problem mounting a television atop it. Or do you just need a fireplace insert to fit your existing fireplace?
What does a MagikFlame feel like?
MagikFlame feels like fire. The infrared electric heater heats the side of you turned toward the fireplace more than the side facing away, in the same way as a traditional fireplace. The quartz heating unit creates light on the infrared spectrum which is invisible to the human eye. We only feel the heat.
As the heat hits objects, they warm objects and people who eventually radiate heat themselves. It does not waste energy and is one of the most energy-efficient types of heat. Engineers created this process using the Sun as a model. The sun heats people and objects but does not waste time heating air.
How does electric fireplace flame work?
MagikFlame has 30 ultra-realistic flames based on holographic technology and video of real flames. Atop this layers crackling wood sounds, real pine scent, and remote control that not only controls temperature but allows you to choose a fire that fits your mood. Are you energetic and looking for spitting, leaping flame? Or would you rather calm down with a sedate, quiet flame?
An infrared quartz heater creates warmth. The infrared unit is energy efficient and generates no emissions at the site. It is also quiet and does not disturb the crackling flame. It beams heat as infrared light across the room, warming all it touches.
Frequently requested information:
The MagikFlame story tells about the ideas behind and making of our fireplaces, and how Howard Birnbaum took years of experience making special effects for movies like Starship Troopers and the Matrix – and made the best-simulated flame yet.
MagikFlame reviews are from customers talking about their experience. You can really learn about a fireplace by listening to those who live with the fireplaces and use them.
How MagikFlame is built tells about the design and manufacture for our made-in-America fireplaces. Engineers, designers, and artisans work together to create a high-quality piece made to last.
MagikFlame electric fireplace buying guide tells you details about the MagikFlame fireplaces. You will learn about how they, and other fireplaces, work. With this knowledge, you will be better at selecting the fireplace that works for you.
Payment plans and financing show you how affordable a MagikFlame fireplace really is. Flexible and affordable monthly payments pair with a long grace period. With no penalties for early payment, you will find a way of financing your fireplace to fit your lifestyle.