We recently moved to a beautiful rental near the Santa Cruz mountains. Our apartment is a definite upgrade, but it has one major flaw – propane. All of our gas needs, from the stove to the heaters, are powered by propane. If you've never used the stuff you need to know two things: it takes a lot of it to boil a kettle of water and it's expensive. After our first bill ($100 for a little over three weeks of use) we quickly snuffed out the pilot lights in our heaters and looked for an alternative way to stay warm during the California coast's chilly months.shipped from another country, are pricey, or both.
Gregory recently reviewed an inexpensive and low profile space heater we considered getting ourselves, but we also wanted to see if we could bring something into the house that not only provided warmth but looked warm. Dimplex's Mini Cube Electric Stove managed to combine two of our loves – fake fireplaces and the space age interiors of Woody Allen's film Sleeper. It's not an aesthetic for everyone, but it works for us.larger white model) and it features some sweet curves. The glossy metal exterior is a nice change from the cheap plastic molds we're so used to seeing in the appliance aisles. We find the synthetic coals and flames quite realistic and cozy when curled up on the couch with a book. Oh yes, that reminds us. This guy is quite portable at 16 pounds. We move it from room to room, depending on where we feel the need for a little extra heat. It also proves useful when you want to turn on the romance during an otherwise dull Tuesday night dinner.
Pros: Fun and unique design, pumps out a decent amount of warmth while looking toasty, inexpensive.
Cons: Won't heat up an entire room.
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