CAN ANY ELECTRIC STOVES PASS AS WOODBURNERS?
I need supplementary heating in my study and wonder if there are any electric fires that look like woodburners? OM, Hexham, Northumberland.
Electric fires that can be plugged into any 13-amp socket are useful for additional heating and there are a number of freestanding versions in a woodburner style. Those mentioned here routinely give a heat output up to 2Kw and most come with a remote control and safety thermal cut-out. A compact model is Malvern, £695, or for a more contemporary take, the NEO 3F, £1,089, both by ACR, 0121 706 8266, acrheatproducts.com. The winning feature is the advanced flame technology. It projects flames in the front, centre and back of the fuel bed and has four flame settings – high, medium, low or glowing embers – coming ever closer to the look of a genuine woodburner. Gazco, 01392 260900, gazco.com, is another provider, with its range including the Marlborough (above) in two sizes, from £749, with three flame levels, and the Vogue Midi with 13 fuel bed lighting colours, £995. At Yeoman, 01392 261900,
yeomanstoves.co.uk, the CL5 is a neat model with three flame levels and remote control, £965.