My wife and I recently moved into an older home that has a lot of charm and character. One of the things we loved most about the home were the two brick fireplaces. We signed a lease and were super excited about moving in.
Well, come move in day we were told that the fireplaces were condemned by the city and we couldn’t have an actual fire in them (talk about shady leasing practices, right?). We were upset but knew we had to do something with these fireplaces so they didn’t look so empty and useless.
I started researching and looking on Amazon for some sort of insert for the fireplace. i found a few options that included an entire glass box that you could put into the fireplace and it had real fire to just filling the space with a lot of candles. I didn’t like the thought of either of those.
Then I found these LED electric log sets that had great reviews. I look at them online and thought they would look cheap and plastic in our fireplace. But, we had everything else besides logs and a fire so this product fit the bill so I thought I would give it a try and just return it if it looked horrible.
It arrived in a nice sized box with good packaging. I opened it up and was impressed with the detail that they put into it to make it look real. Don’t get me wrong, you are not going to get people to roast smores on this thing but it does have a nice rough look to it like real wood. It was lightweight and easy to move around.
I put it into one of our fireplaces and fired it up. I was actually really impressed with how it looked! We put an ash grate in front of it and some fake wood to the side for some addition ambiance. The projected dancing flames out the back for the LED log set looked pretty realistic and the heater put out a decent amount of heat. Check out how it looks in this video:
So, after deciding I was going to keep this product I thought “how can I make this even more cool?’. I had an old Smart Plug laying around that was connect to my Amazon Echo. I decide to plug the Hampton Bay LED Log Set into it and see if I could control it with my voice. I named the plug “fireplace” and gave it a try. Sure enough, it turned on!
So now when my wife and I watch a movie I have our smart home programmed so that when I say “movie mode” all the lights turn off and the fireplace turns on. I have to say, I was pretty impressed with myself and this product.
So, overall this is a great alternative to a real fire. I do miss the look, feel, and smell of a real fire but this is a close second. The best part is there is no hassle of cleaning, starting the fire, or hauling ash. You can use the remote or hook it up to your smart home like us. It also produces a decent amount of heat. This will not heat your entire home or even a large living room. But, it will heat up a bedroom or office very nicely. Just know what you’re getting into.