Bell'O Media Cabinet with Built-In Electric Fireplace: Create a stylish entertainment area with this media cabinet, which accommodates flat-panel TVs up to 65" or 100 lbs. and features 2 shelves. A built-in electric fireplace offers an attractive accent.
Best purchase I've made recently.
Posted by: herandjinxandscamp from: on
ABOUT MY SITUATION: I live in a small 2 bedroom farm house that has ZERO insulation and was built, probably in the 30's. Maybe. Though it has been renovated, there still is no insulation so, I'm looking for a way to heat my little old abode on a budget. I'm oping to mainly use this and I do have other methods but my goal is to use mostly just this.
ABOUT DELIVERY: if you have it delivered and you have stairs make sure you are looking out your window frequently so you can catch the delivery people before they drop it off and leave you to carry it up the steps. That thing is heavy and I do mean heavy!
PUTTING THE MEDIA STAND TOGETHER: I decided to try putting this together by myself, be advised, put your pets in another room. I did not use the instruction manual, instead I opted for using the video with the two guys putting it together. I think I must of run through and partially ran through that video 50 or so times because I was putting it together from back to front and they are putting it together from front to back and the video only shows one piece of two identical pieces being put in place with a complete view of the two pieces after they show you the guys inserting one. Confusing. First of all I did not have enough room to lay out all the pieces like they are at the beginning of the video so I went by the video and by eyeing various pieces, some of which were laid out on the deck of my inclosed porch and some of which were still in the box. Well I had to restart the process of putting the stand together 3 different times because I kept starting off with the wrong large base piece. To make matters worse I read a review on here that the stand is flimsy when put together (sooo not true at all) so I decided to put some wood glue in all the holes that have those little wooden pegs inserted into them when putting it together (sooo not necessary). All I have to say is thank goodness Gorilla wood glue does not set as fast as super glue or I would of been in trouble lol!
The key to putting it together is to make sure ALL of the wooden and metal pegs line up with their respective holes and make sure all the metal pegs are locked completely into place. It should not be too difficult to flip those metal switches to turn the T shaped peg. If you are sure the T is fit in the hole you may have to lift the wood a bit to be able to flip the switch but everything should go in place fairly easily. If you've secured everything correctly the stand is a brick that has zero wobble or give. It did take me roughly 2 hours maybe a little more because I didn't pay as much attention to the pieces as I should of been. In other words Lady Karma smacked me upside the head for scoffing at some of the reviews in which people said it took them 2 hours to assemble the media stand.
INSTALLING THE HEATER: Once the media stand is together it's a simple matter of taking the fireplace out of the box and sliding it into place on the media stand. There is a block of wood with a wooden peg and two T shaped metal pieces that lock into place. It's that simple and what's nice is as another reviewer said, there is extra space back there. I have my surge protector and power block for my xbox resting neatly in that space.
ABOUT THE ELECTRIC FIREPLACE:
For those interested about the fireplace itself, the fireplace is the "Classic Flame 26 inch SpectraFire Infrared Electric Fireplace Insert" with quartz tubes. The model number for this heater is 2611033FGL.
Wiring: Plug in (features a safety plug that can gauge if the plug it is
getting too hot and will automatically turn the heater off.)
Bulb Type: LED
Approvals: Designed and Certified to meet CSA standards
Heating Area: 1000 sq. feet.
Remote Control: Yes (Multifunction)
This heater has 2 flame colors (one color is orange and the other color is a combo of orange with blue in the middle) and each color has three brightness level settings. This heater also has a digital thermostat ranging from 62 to I believe the highest setting is 86 and you can change the temperature in increments of 2. This heater also include a timer so you can set it for how long you want it to run before it shuts off completely. 2,4,6,8, and I do believe 12 hours is the highest it goes. You can use either the buttons on the front of the fireplace or the included remote control to change all the available settings.
FINAL THOUGHTS: I LOVE my purchase, the stand is beautiful and solid as a rock (as the song goes) and is PLENTY big enough for my 60 inch black friday deal tv I bought for $300 a few years ago and big enough for my Dish receiver and Xbox console with room to spare. The fireplace is beautiful and provides comfortable heat through 85% of my small, old, non insulated humble abode. The flames are incredibly realistic and the heat and light settings are adequate for my needs and can be controlled with or without the remote. I would absolutely buy this thing again!
18 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Posted by: sand from: on
I'm a 40 year old woman and I was able to put this together by myself. It was really easy the wood is very heavy. I love nice things and this is really nice. It took me about 2 hours to put it together. My TV is a 55' and it fits fine.
11 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Pate from: on
Good quality furniture. Has a nice empty space behind the fireplace where I can lay my surge protector along with the other cables.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
My favorite piece of furniture in my whole house
Posted by: Joy4 from: on
Everyone who comes into my home comments on my media cabinet with fireplace. Wow! That's great, is what I most often hear from my guests. When I sit down at night to watch TV, I find myself watching the fireplace instead. I had no idea that I would enjoy it as much as I do.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Perfect match for our new 55" Samsung
Posted by: Cathy from: on
I had been researching electric fireplaces for awhile, so I know what is out there. This purchase was made on a whim, but I am happy with it. The salesperson misinformed us, and said that a little assembly was required. Upon delivery, there was a box full of pieces needing assembly, very disappointed that we had a couple hours of assembly.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Posted by: malfred07 from: on
This is an excellent fireplace built in a desk. It came up with a little remote to easily manipulate it. You can adjust the temperature to wherever you like to.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Bo30378 from: on
I use it every night and have not used my central heat since!!!
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
nice piece of furniture and great fireplace
Posted by: richyrich from: on
easy to assemble. every piece fit. fireplace has a lot of features but is simple to operate
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Sturdy super easy set up
Posted by: Nichelle from: on
Flames are realistic, wood is quality. Holds my 65 inch effortlessly, set up about 2 hours considering it was myself & daughter putting it together.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
I love it!
Posted by: HappyReader from: on
I looked at several tv stands and really liked this one with the fireplace unit in it. It was just what I wanted!