Green River, WY
I would recommend this item to a friend.
Unique, Capitvating Focal Point
December 29, 2011
I purchased this Hearthsense fireplace to help heat a new 4 seasons room I added to my home. The arched firebox alone is rare and charming, but when mounted in the upper level of the elegant cherry wood bookcase, it becomes stunning and unique. A similar setup is available from another manufacturer, but that one costs $1400 more. The Hearthsense bookcase surround is rich and robustly constructed. The 20,000 BTU heat output comfortably warms a 265 square foot room with 9 foot high ceiling and two walls of all windows in the often frigid, subzero Wyoming winter. At first I was concerned that no fan option was available for this fireplace, but immediately found that a Vorndo floor level fan on lowest speed and aimed at the ceiling pushes the warm ceiling air downward, making for a quiet, cozy, draft-free room. The warm air even wafts into the adjoining kitchen making that room more comfortable than it has ever been in the winter. I was also concerned that ventless fireplaces are not recommended for altitudes above 4,500 feet, but at 6,200 feet, I've had no problems with either this unit or the 30,000 BTU vent free fireplace in my basement. My only two complaints are that I find myself so captivated by watching this fireplace, that I ignore the large flat screen TV I bought for this room, and I have to fight the cats for the couch across from the fireplace.
Pros:Gorgeous when it's running, gorgeous when it's not. Will be the focal point of any room it's in. Everyone who's seen it, wants one. Customer service was very responsive and accurate in its responses to my questions both prior and following purchase. Their price was better when you factor in free shipping.
Cons:A minor blemish on the drawer from being rubbed during shipment by the styrofoam sheet wrapped around the drawer pull. A couple of minor blemishes on the glass that mounts on the front of the firebox.