PuraFlame Galena Black 36-inch wall-mounted fireplace review

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PuraFlame is an electric fireplace brand that are increasingly popular for producing quality electric fireplace at competitive prices. They are also one of the few reputable companies that produces electric fireplaces at smaller sizes to cater smaller space. One of its popular smaller sized wall-mount unit is the Galena Black 36-inch electric fireplace. Which targets homeowners that prefers smaller units or has relatively smaller floor space at home.

In depth review

Installation

The unit is small and weight lesser than 40 pounds, it is light enough for 1 person to carry. Installation should be a breezy one person job as it comes with all the necessary brackets and studs necessary to hang up on the wall. All you need should be nothing more than a drill and screw driver.

If you do not want to hang it on a wall, the PuraFlame unit also comes with a stand that put it on a free standing position. This greatly increase the portability as it can double as a pretty space heater that you can move it from room to room, depending if you are occupying the area.

Integrated thermostat

This unit comes with a thermostat setting that allows you to set a predetermined temperature that you set with a remote control. The heating unit will automatically shut-off once the room reach a pre-determined temperature and automatically switch on once it is below the heat threshold. This feature helps to avoid heater to operate more than the needed temperature, which will help you to save up a considerable amount of electricity bill in the long-run.

Flame effects

The Puraflame Alice offers surreal flame effects that mimic real fires pretty well. You have options to adjust the flame intensity & brightness at 3 different levels, ranging from soothing and warm ember to fierce blazing fire. The firebox bed has transparent crystal pebbles that are powered by LED back-lights. There are 13 choices of color modes at your disposal where you can change them as you like.

If you feel like it, you can even set the fireplace to automatically cycle through different colors of floor bed throughout its operation. That way you may get a fresh look every time you walk pass the electric fireplace.

However, a little flaw on this unit is that the electric fireplace doesn’t automatically save your last flame setting. Meaning to say, it will always start with the softest ember and yellow back-light, you will need click through the buttons to your favorite setting every time you switch on the electric fireplace display panel.

Flame effects

This unit offers surreal flame effects that mimic real fires pretty well. You have options to adjust the flame intensity & brightness at 3 different levels, ranging from soothing and warm ember to fierce blazing fire. The firebox bed has transparent crystal pebbles that are powered by LED backlights, there are 13 choices of color modes at your disposal where you can change them as you like.

Remote control

The remote control requires 2 AAA batteries. Like most PuraFlame electric fireplace, the remote control sports an LCD Display at the top. Showing the thermostat temperature, the timer and fan heater levels. The control itself has 6 buttons with pretty self-explanatory icons so it is extremely simple to use. The unit allows you to adjust the desired temperature from 60 H to 84 H. Timer can be set at intervals of 0.5 hours up to 9 hours.

Aside from the ON/OFF button. Every button works the same way; for every time you push the button the setting automatically goes to the next option and return to the first setting once it hit the last option.

Heat

Though small, it is capable of providing heat of 1350W which is equivalent to 5000 BTUs, it should have no problem heating up floor spaces up to 400 square feet. The Puraflame Alice has 2 vents position at the bottom corner of the fireplace. While the LED display panel itself is cool to touch, the vents that forces out heat can be pretty hot. You will need to have a clearance of at least 22 inches above any combustible materials below the unit, including the unit’s own power cord.

Pros

  • Provides great value at a good price
  • Great build quality

Cons

  • Remote control produces loud beeping noise when pressed
  • Short effective remote control range

Conclusion

Overall, we think this is one of the best option if you are in the market for a small electric fireplace. In our humble opinion it can better than a stove for smaller homes as it is flat panel so it safe spaces. Furthermore, you can wall mount it if you wish. Suitable for smaller rooms, home office, or bed room.

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