I was wanting to know if any of you have ever used an electric heater that looks like a stove/fireplace for heating a room or two? I was interested in getting one, but I wanted to check with you all first and see if it would be worth it. Thanks for any replies that I may receive.
Two of my friends have one it's a really nice heat but I don't know if it will heat a large room.
If you are talking about the "Amish" heaters that are being advertised, don't waste your money. These are nothing more than a decorative 1500w electric space heater. These heaters cost a couple hundred dollars for the same energy usage and heat provided by a standard 1500w space heater that you can buy for $100 or less. They are not "new" or special in any way.
If you want to use an electric space heater go ahead; but, these "Amish" heaters are actually made in China with the decorative wood "fireplace" being the only that is made in the US and they are definately overpriced.
Also, if you read the small print, to save on your enrgy bill, you have to let the rest of the house go without heat and "roll" the space heater around the house with you as you move from room to room! So, each time you want to go to a different room - you have to unplug the heater, roll it into a COLD room, plug it in, and WAIT for it to heat the room.
I have 2 gel fireplaces in my home. Love them, they are great to light and if I have to leave put a cover over the fire and off I go. I have had mine for 3 years and went to e-bay and spent $10.00 To find out i can use 70% alcohol from walmart. I use veg. Cans fill an inch from top and light. I have a 15x16 living room with an open doorway to kitchen and only use 2 cans and it gets quite toastie for 2 1/2 hours. Hope this helps.
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