Are you doubtful that an electric fireplace can have a realistic flame? Many people I talk to ask my opinion about a product’s realism during their selection process. Last month, OptiMyst received the Vesta and Best-In-Show for the Hearth Products category at the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Expo in Orlando, check out my post. I wanted to tell you more today about how the flame effect is created and how it is different from what is already out on the market.
The OptiMyst makes the illusion of flames and smoke by creating a very fine water mist using ultrasonic technology, and shines light up into that mist from below. As the mist rises through the log set, the wispy vapors take on the appearance of real flame and smoke. Other electric fireplace inserts flame is light projected behind the logs; whereas this flame comes up from in between them. The result is a perfectly convincing illusion. And, because the flame is really just cool water vapor, it is completely harmless and free of emissions. You can control the amount of flame and smoke to suit the moment, while other inserts may not.
The Dimplex electric fireplace comes equipped with a heater that can take the chill off a room or be turned off completely allowing the electric fireplace insert to be enjoyed even in warm weather. This ventless fireplace is easy to enjoy; it plugs into any standard household power outlet, and the Optimyst easy-fill water tank lasts for 14 to 17 hours of continuous operation before refilling is necessary. This electric fireplace insert also uses a built-in water recovery system in the form of a desiccant-based humidifier that pulls moisture out of the air, collecting it in the reservoir using it to create the Optimyst flame effect. At forty percent relative humidity, the water recovery system produces enough water in twenty hours to generate the flame for four hours. Dimplex estimates operating costs at two cents per hour with the flame and smoke operating or seven cents per hour with the heater running and the thermostat cycling at fifty percent.
The OptiMyst technology may be the catalyst that converts you few remaining skeptics into true believers that electric fireplaces can be realistic.