Amish Heaters – They come by so many names and of course, the one name that has stuck in the last few years, mainly due to the marketing hype, is that of the Amish Heater. What exactly is an Amish heater and what makes it so different to any other?
The “Miracle heater” is how the marketers advertise this equipment. Here is a heater that will save you money on the heating bills. This is a fireplace that acts as a space heater (can be moved to any room) and you get the heater for free but just pay for the Amish carpentry of the wood mantle which encases it. What an interesting spin on a heater – sold as a piece of furniture that you pay for but you don’t pay the $350-$400 for the heater!
So, after settling down from the hype, what are we really getting? We’re essentially going to be buying a space heater with an attractive mantle that was crafted by the Amish. That’s the bottom line. That really is what we’ll be getting.
A space heater that will perform just like any other heater with a light bulb projection of flickering embers of faux logs in flame. It definitely looks good and certainly makes the room feel cozy but does it save us money? Is it that “miracle heater” that is going to be saving money on the monthly budget?
They state the heater outputs ’5,110 BTU’s”! Outstanding but just what does that actually does that mean? The definition is not really as sexy as it sounds – it’s really a 1,500 watt electric heater. The claim that the makers; Surge make, is that their heater “can heat a 325 sq. ft. room for no more than a cost of just 16 cents an hour” Again, that sounds good but how does that compare to other similar heaters? The fact of the matter is, with proper heat zoning, leaving other rooms unheated, any good space heater can achieve the same.
The Amish Heater aka The Heat Surge Roll-n-Glow Electric Fireplace is an attractive and decorative space heater that attempts to be a fireplace, and, in fairness, it succeeds, purely by its look and presence. Cherry, black and white and oak surrounds are available choices of decoration . The faux log burning gives a very impressive realistic feel with a nice warm glow on a 1.500 watt and 750 watt setting. Safe and quiet, the heater is convenient, effective and mobile.
A nifty aspect to this heater is that it has a remote control that lets you turn it on and off, control the temps between high and low, plus you get over a dozen different fake flame glow settings. The safety aspects are compliant with US recognized standards for safety, including the tip-off switch that is a built in safety device that will shut down the heater should it tip over. The ‘Amish heater’ surfaces do not get hot – even after several hours of operation which is a plus if you have small kids or pets around.
A fan-forced convection heater which certainly is very attractive and works well whilst being realistically priced against all competitors. Is it a “miracle Heater”? No, it is not. It is a good piece of equipment that does the job it is meant to and does it well. It looks good and is very convenient. The marketing was wrong and probably caused more damage then sales with misleading strategies that fall way short of consumer intelligence. Sadly that marketing takes away from what is essentially an excellent product. Don’t buy the hype but do consider buying the product.
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