Whalen Barston Media Fireplace for TV's up to 70, Multiple Finishes

Walmart # 555985557

Whalen Barston Media Fireplace for TV's up to 70, Multiple Finishes

Walmart # 555985557
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Product highlights

  • Holds most flat panel TVs up to 70" and 135 lbs
  • Heats up to 400 square feet
  • Remote control included
Our Barston Laminated Wood Fireplace fits most flat panel TVs up to 70" and is the ideal media storage solution for any room. This portable, multi-functional piece combines elegance with plenty of room for all of your electronic devices. The stylish fireplace will heat up to 400 sq ft with 20-degree temperature range and four flame level settings, including no flame, which allows you to customize the heat output to accommodate your personal comfort. A handy remote control makes operation quick and simple. Two glass cabinets with shelving and two large open compartments provide ample space to display your media accessories and AV components. Cable management is easy. Multiple finishes are available to coordinate with most any style furniture and decor.

About This Item

  • Holds most flat panel TVs up to 70" and 135 lbs
  • Heats up to 400 square feet
  • Remote control included
Fuel Type
Maximum Room Size
400 sq ft
Media Console Fireplaces
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
60.00 x 19.50 x 32.32 Inches
Customer Reviews
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1-10 of 384 reviews

Too much hassle to return

I don't think it would be fair to give it one star. But sometimes I forget that when the price seems too good to be true, it generally bites me in the rear. This time it was no exception. The pick up experience at Walmart was stellar though. The employee was very cheerful and insisted on helping me to the car, and helped me load it. And from there. it went down hill fast. This is an import from overseas, and their packing was horrific at best. And to top that, the cardboard box was WAY TOO THIN to secure the contents. I would net anything that there is not one in the marketplace in perfect condition. The loose shelves and other miscellaneous loose items within the box would have to put scratches on them. Not all severe, and can be touched up. But make sure you have a bottle of Old English when you get it. Anyway, this item is simply to big to return to wait for a new one, so we called the supplier. Not too friendly, but not insulting either. Just sounded a little annoyed. So they are sending 3 pieces (that were really bad) so we can finish assembling. Of course, they have no inventory in the country, so I am told that it will take 7-10 working days before they arrive. (2 more weeks)...And I ordered this online 2 weeks prior. Meaning it'll take a month. So you're wondering why i just didn't return it for my money? Because it is pretty cool. The fire place feature looks somewhat real and you can choose just amber glowing logs to small fire to large fire, It also boasts a thermostat for blowing heat. I suggest that you look at the selling photo carefully. Not many homes have plain brick laying on the floor to set it on, so you'll soon find out that it is shorter (by actual proportion) than seen in the photo. I missed that one. If someone would ask me if they should buy one? Truthfully, I'd have to say yes. But would prepare them on how to open the box, and make sure they have a nice vacuum to pick up the thousands of loose little pieces of static Styrofoam that will be spread out everywhere. I hope this helped. I hope the manufacturer reads it, and gives the factory better specification guidelines. I'm guessing that the raw material costs for a better shipping box with better quality packaging material would only add a couple or few dollars. And I'd pay the mark up charges on that. Versus cutting corners to maximize profit. And I'm sure Wal-Mart would appreciate it as well. Sorry for the long review.


The overall product is beautiful but the top panel where the TV sits came damaged. There is a gouge and part of the wood is missing on the left corner. I sent a detailed email to the company's replacement parts and have yet to hear back. This is the most frustrating part, purchasing something that is not cheap, emailing the company and not even receiving a response. So now I'm feel as if I'm forced to go online and complain (not my style at all). I truly hope to receive a replacement part and have the ability to claim being a HAPPY CUSTOMER. I guess we'll see. Can't say right now whether or not I would recommend this to a friend since I've not received "customer satisfaction" as this time.

Completely happy

My husband and I purchased this fireplace/TV stand a few weeks ago. We had it delivered to the local Walmart store because a lot of customers complained about the condition when delivered to the door. We wanted to check it at the store for damage thus avoiding the issue of bringing it back for an exchange. There was no way we could inspect for damage due to how it is packaged plus it was upside down on the pallet. We knew at the start it was heavy, it is also very bulky and difficult for one person to handle but not impossible. We rented a pick up at U-haul and an appliance dolly. It was not a move for the faint of heart. When we began to remove the packing, we found the item to be in near perfect shape. The smallest scratch was found on the side of the unit but was easily "repaired" with the color stick provided. The packaging was impressive and massive. We are completely happy with our purchase and would recommend this to our friends and family.

Love my fireplace!

The Whalen Barston Media Fireplace came right on schedule. The main box was very heavy, if you pull the three boxes out from inside, it is much easier than carrying the whole thing. The wood pieces were all in good condition, no scratches or breaks. It took my husband and I about 1 hour to put together. The directions were easy to follow and the whole piece was easy to put together. I love that this fireplace comes with a remote, very convenient, and it heats my living room well. The cabinets are big enough to fit our movies and wii games. All in all, this piece works for my family's needs.

Not happy

They delivered to me but refused to bring it upstarirs Bc it was "basic shipment",, I got helped from maintenance guy iti brought it home. I stared to essembled and noticed holes dont fit with screws. And woods are so fragile was chipped few parts and eventually broken so I can't put nothing in it. I had to put super glue on and even bought " liquid nails" suggested by maintenance man. I have not finished put it together yet,. I'm tired already fighting with this giant fireplace/tv stand. Looks good in pic and good reviews on here but I'm not sure if I would be able to put it together. Instruction to essemble is not that complicated but holes not fited with screws made it hard, and wood chipped and broken make it harder for me. I just moved and had to assembled entire dinning set and wine server cabinet in no time., but this fireplace/tv stand ,, I'm having parts all over the living room and not ready to jump back to finish it, if I can be able to finish It???? I don't know what to do!! Wish they sold the completed one!
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Great Unit. Bad Packaging.

I really love this piece. I knew what I was getting when ordered in regards to it being an MDF wood. I was fine with that in respect to the price I paid. I was worried about damage to the unit as others have mentioned with shipping. The unit I received did have some damage but it was minor. I decided to live with it as opposed to declining the shipment. That aside, I love the piece. The design and dark finish look the part of a more expensive piece. The fireplace says 400 Sq ft but I use it in a 600 plus sq. Ft room, and it heats up the room. The flame options are nice along with the temp setting with thermostat. I definitely recommend shipping right to house and opening the box before the shippers leave. It only cost an additional $20. The piece is pretty heavy. I have no complants with the shipping company. They helped me open, inspect, and place the piece. Well worth $20. Overall, great piece but be warned about possible damage. Mitigate risk by shipping to home and inspecting before accepting. If you get a good unit, it is a great piece.

Don't let the box fool you

I did my research on it, read all the reviews and figured if it came with a few scratches I could deal with it. Came a week early yeah! Man, the box had a little rip so I said no harm no foul, Cut the box away and chipped pieces fell from everywhere, the door on the right was barely hanging on and the fireplace insert just tumbled out. It was a good deal, but I see nothing to salvage on this unit, will return for refund and go somewhere else. I know its shipping damage and I just don't want to take the chance of getting a second damged one.
We apologize for the inconvenience we may have caused. Our goal is that every customer is a satisfied customer, I will forward this email to our engineering team. Once again thank you for your feedback.


It was larger than I expected. Took me about 5 hours (maybe) to put together by myself. Instructions were very clear, although doing it alone (54 year old woman) I had a hard time lifting it to flip over 2x then set it upright. I looks wonderful, I haven't tried the fireplace yet, will do that tomorrow. It goes well with some side cubes I bought as well.

Cozy and beautiful TV stand

A wonderful addition to any living room. It took my son and I about 5.5 hours of non-rushing work to put it together. All the parts were present, no breakage or major scratches. I had it shipped site-to-store for easy pick up. PLEASE bring a large bed truck or a minivan (with 2nd and 3rd rows of seats down) because the package is huge! Once we unloaded the box from the car, we opened it and brought in the 3 enclosed boxes separately without ANY hassle or problem. There is a defect in my unit though -- they "forgot" to drill in a marked hole for the door handle. Other than that, once we put the TV stand together, everything is functioning properly and to our satisfaction. We had our TV wall-mounted later on, but it looks equally wonderful with or without the TV. All in all, my family and I are very satisfied with the product, and we surely would recommend it to anyone.

Great Fireplace

This is a great product. Assembly was fairly easy. Pick up at Walmart was a breeze. It is very heavy especially up three flight of stairs. The doors were a little hard to put on as we had to remove the back put the door and and then put the back on.
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