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Last Updated: , Created: Sunday, January 14th, 2001

How does an electric fireplace make the flame?

We had to go to the Dimplex factory in Toronto to find out how they make a smoke-and-mirrors fireplace look really really like a real wood fire. It is quite amazing. The flames are a rotisserie of aluminum foil reflecting lights up and off a mirror.

The bricks on the back of the fireplace are actually only a reflection of bricks painted on a one way mirror that acts as the glass door of the fireplace. The flames are reflections of very ordinary chandelier light bulbs, reflecting off of very extra-ordinary rotating flame reflectors. And if you want some real heat, there is an electrical heating element that has nothing at all to do with the flame.

Keywords: Fireplace, Mystery, Heating, Techniques, Electrical

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