We have a fireplace that was originally meant for coal and so it is quite small. The Dimplex fireplace not only is the right size, but the flames are very realistic and we love that it also serves as a heater. The heater is not overly powerful but does warm the room up a bit and I like that you feel warmth by the "fire". I've had a couple of guests who had thought it was a real fire....until I pointed out the electrical cord coming out the side! I am planning to put something in front of it.....(basket with wood, topiary, etc.)
I would also like to point out that we have a decorative, cast iron screen in front of the unit that masks the view just enough so that you can't distinguish if it's a real fire or not! If we didn't have the screen, it would look pretty fake. Also, because of the screen, the half-moon mirror isn't bad. That mirror is necessary to create depth for the flames.
Overall, we LOVE this unit. It is clean, easy, realistic, cheap and safe.
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