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Old 01-27-2014, 07:16 PM   #1
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Therm Heat & Classic Flame fireplaces

I am thinking of installing the 18" Therma Heat or 18" Classic Flame fireplace. Has anyone installed either and was the results good or bad?

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Old 01-28-2014, 04:32 AM   #2
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Jerry, it probably depends upon what your expectations are. If you're looking to use it as a decoration then it will probably work well for you. If you're looking to use it for additional heat then it may not perform as expected. Keep in mind that these are only rated at 1400 watts (4600BTU), which is about the same heat output as a handheld hair dryer or small electric heater. If you have a small electric space heater that you could use in that location for the time being to test with... I'd suggest trying that first before purchasing one of these to see if the heat output is acceptable to your needs.

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Old 01-28-2014, 06:27 AM   #3
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As a decoration, wither will work, As for heating, you can do just a well with a $30.00 ceramic heater from Walmart. Either one puts out 1500 Watts of heat, but you loos a cabinet and you are fixed at one location for the heater. A small ceramic heater can be easily moved for spot heating.

Before we took delivery of our cameo, we had the fireplace removed and cabinet doors installed. The small ceramic heater is more practical.

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Old 01-28-2014, 07:27 AM   #4
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I mounted one I got from electricfireplaces.com in the cabinet under the dining table. The cabinet is hard to get at and we didn't carry much in it anyhow. The unit is 1,500 watts with 3 speed fan. It is not a large enough heat element to run you out of the coach, but it takes the chill off nicely when watching a movie on a cool evening or having a cup of coffee on a cold morning. Plus the ambiance is great...Good luck....
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:20 AM   #5
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We ruled out a permanent fire place for the following reasons: The max number of watts any electric heater can put out is 1,500, so we opted for a Lasko tower that we can move from room to room, don't lose storage space, is lighter, and much cheaper.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:45 AM   #6
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We added in a fireplace that we found at Lowe's that is only 1350 watts. We get around freezing temps at night right now and it pretty much heats the whole RV. For those rare times when it's going to go lower than what it's been or stay low we then plug in the cube heater we got from Best Buy. Both the fireplace and the cube heater both are temp programmable and we keep it around 68.
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:42 AM   #7
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Our 2014 Phaeton has an amazing fireplace and we also have the heated floors. Both do an excellent job of keeping the MH warm, without the furnace or heat pumps running. We have been in upper 20's and its been very warm.
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Old 01-28-2014, 02:08 PM   #8
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I too put one in, the wife bought a freestanding mantle unit but it took up way too much space. So i gutted a little used cabinet and installed it there. It's a quartz infared heater and does a decent job of keeping the main salon area warm down well into the low 40's. I don't worry about the bedroom as i have a heated matress pad anyway.

I'm glad i did it, nice ambiance, that particular cabinet just seemed to collect junk anyway so we haven't missed it. As the front fascia is held on with magnets i can remove it in a sec and store/hide stuff on both side of it when neccessary too! Here's a couple of pics before and after redoing the flooring.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:12 PM   #9
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I have seen some really nice free standing electric "Fireplace" heaters lately, One is about a foot across.

Of course,, I have an even better deal with my new laptop...
Its a windows 8.1 box.. There is a virtual fireplace app.
You get the video effects, and the sound effects, Very little heat though (A few watts from the CPU fan).. You need a "30 dollar ceramic" under the comptuer table for heat . Also have the app for my 'droid.

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