Duraflame DFI021ARU Electric Log Heater Review

The home can get cold when members of the family aren’t present, and when summer leaves for autumn to come. During such times, we might need manmade heat, but not all of us can afford to install a fireplace and to sacrifice a few square feet of living space for a chimney. And besides, a traditional fireplace can only heat up the living area. It’s not something you can bring with you from room to room.

Enter the electric fireplace, a marvel of modern times. It is a portable device that uses electricity to heat any zone in the house. Talking only about functionality, it would seem that you can just go ahead and grab the first electric fireplace at the depot, but you can’t be more wrong. Not all are created equal. And with Duraflame DFI021ARU Electric Log Heater, you’ll see what this means.

Duraflame DFI021ARU Electric Log Heater Review

Duraflame DFI021ARU isn’t your run-of-the-mill zone heater. It is designed to be something you’d want to turn on all the time, be it during the cold winter months or at the warmest summer night. With a realistic log set and ember bed sitting in a fire grate you can have in an antique bronze, black, brass, or nickel finish, this electric heater is a thing of beauty. The lights pulse and dance like flames on the logs when turned on, but you can also set it to do so without giving off heat for when you want a subtle, romantic mood.

Simple and elegant at the same time, this is the electric fireplace you want not just for its heating capabilities, but also for the touch of class it brings to any room. But who says you only need it when you don’t have a traditional fireplace in your home? You can place Duraflame DFI021ARU inside your unused fireplace and let it warm your living room without giving off smoke and harmful gasses. As a bonus, its lights will bounce off the walls of the fireplace and give it the appearance of flames. It heats and brings about beauty this way, without nothing to clean up afterward.


The log set doesn’t need to be manually controlled once you’ve plugged in its electric cord into the wall. Control the temperature from the comfort of your couch with the battery-operated multi-function remote control included in the box. The whole unit comes fully assembled, ready to heat as soon as it’s out of the packaging.

The log set itself doesn’t have a steep learning curve you have to overcome before you can operate it although there is a user-friendly manual you can read through to get the most out of the device. As for heating capabilities? Duraflame DFI021ARU can produce up to 4,600 BTU of heat, perfect as a supplemental zone heater that can warm up to 400 square feet of space. It’s hard to think badly of zone heating once you realize how much you can save on the utility bill. After all, you don’t need to warm the entire house when you only need a little heat in a single room.

Sounds great? Well, the best thing about this heater is, it might look and feel like a traditional fireplace, but it gives off no harmful gasses and there’s no ash to clean up after every so often. You don’t want the heat or even the mood lights? Turn it off, unplug it, and let it work as a display. There’s no special instruction to clean it except for the occasional dusting.


With a traditional fireplace, there are a lot of safety risks, which include inhalation of smoke, accidental burns, and scary accidents involving fire irons. With any electric fireplace, you only get one risk: electric shock, as is with all other devices that need to be plugged into the wall. But we’re all schooled to avoid such accidents, aren’t we? In effect, there’s nothing at all to worry about.

The logs themselves only look like they’re on fire. The heat doesn’t come off of them. You don’t need to have it on sight when it’s operating and you have children around. Duraflame DFI021ARU is designed this way so your curious pet and playful children won’t get accidental burns.

Final Words

People have bought this electric log set for display purposes and as the heart of their unused traditional fireplaces, expecting something that gives off a romantic aura, but never really expecting it to heat up a room so well. That is another bonus to Duraflame DFI021ARU: It is so realistic you think it’s only a set piece when in reality it is one of the most functional electric fireplaces around.

The beauty, ambiance, and heat from a fireplace, all packaged neatly in an easy-to-use log set. With prices starting at $120, you get what you pay for, and more.

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