If you love the look of a cozy wood-burning stove, but you live in an apartment, condo, or house without a chimney (and you don't want to spend thousands of dollars to have a real wood stove installed), then you may enjoy this electric heater from Dimplex.
Costing less than $200, the Dimplex CS3311 Compact Electric Stove is a heck of a lot less than a real stove (trust me, I was just shopping for one!), but it has the ambient look and feel of true logs crackling in the hearth.
And it gives out warmth too. The fan-forced heater distributes 5,115 BTUs of heat, plenty to warm a room, and unlike the "real deal," there is no venting required.
There's an adjustable thermostat, so you can choose how warm you want it to be, but the controls are hidden so they won't break up the illusion that this is a real wood stove. There's also a remote control, so you can lounge on the couch and turn your "fire" on and off from across the room (just try to do that with a real fire).
Most of the reviews for the Dimplex are positive, so check it out if you're in the market for an electric heater that looks like a fireplace instead of an ugly old space heater!