NZ House & Garden - - SPECIAL FEATURE -

Driven by an elec­tric fan, flame-ef­fect heaters were noisy, with plas­tic logs. A me­chan­i­cal de­vice ro­tated around a light bulb to achieve the “flicker” – not very con­vinc­ing.

LCD tech­nol­ogy al­lows an elec­tric fire to look and sound a lot more like the real McCoy. Take the Pu­raflame range from The Fire­place (see above mid­dle): a video of a real flame is pro­jected onto a LCD screen and the mak­ers have even added a crack­ling sound to soothe the senses. At the touch of a but­ton you can or­der up the flame speed and height or ad­just the sound vol­ume. Plus there are whizz-bang ex­tras such as mood­en­hanc­ing back­lights in three dif­fer­ent colours to help you set the scene. The fire has a heat out­put of up to 2kW.

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