Everyone likes the summer for different reasons, whether it is the hot days and cool nights, vacations, pool parties, longer daylights hours or just being able to be outside without having to put on five extra layers of clothes, the summer months usually make people pretty happy.
One of my favorite things about summer is heading up to the lake and sitting around the fire at night, there is something about a fire that seems to calm me. I can’t think of any other thing that I could sit around and stare at for hours without be bored out of my mind, but somehow I can do this with ease around an open fire.
When I bought my first house, I really wanted a wood burning fireplace, perhaps because the family home I grew up in had a wood burning fireplace or the fact that every summer we would rent a cottage for a couple weeks and just enjoy the outdoors. Whatever the reason it brought back a lot of memories, some good, some bad, but memories none the less.
Now it wasn’t until I actually lived away from home and had my own wood fireplace that I started to remember just how much work they were. The memories I had of chopping wood in the backyard and going out in the snow to load up on wood for the night, seemed like a nice family memory, until reality set in and I actually had to do it on my own. It was then that I realized that the memories seemed so nice because I was usually watching from the warmth of the house while my dad and two brothers did all the work. So, my nice little feeling of home around the wood fire quickly diminished when I realized all the work that had to be done, not only chopping the wood and brining it in by the arm full into the house, but cleaning out the ashes (such a messy job), trying my hardest to clean the blackened doors so I could at least see the fire, yearly cleaning on the chimney and of course trying not to burn myself.
It was all this work that made me look into alternative solutions for my fireplace. A gas insert was an option but the cost to convert it over was high and I still had the issue of possibly burning myself as the glass on a gas fireplace gets extremely hot as well. Electric fireplaces were also an option, they are easier to install, I wouldn’t have to worry about burning myself and the style and technology of electric fireplaces has come such a long way. However I still loved the look and feel of my wood fireplace, so I was extremely happy when I found out that I could have the look and feel that I wanted with the ease and safety of electric. The Optimyst line of products has been around Europe for quite some time and it is starting to have legs here in North America as well, so when I found out that the Optimyst II product was coming out this fall I was excited to see what it was all about. All I can say is I was not disappointed, the logs are molded from real wood and they pulsate and glow making it seems like they are actually burning, there is a realistic ash mat that I don’t have to clean up and the flame and mist effect makes the entire unit look so convincing, I couldn’t believe it was not a real wood burning fire. One look and I knew I had found the perfect solution for my home and I could once again just sit back and enjoy the fire.
I know that I am a little bias when it comes to this product, but I know you won’t be disappointed either, so I encourage you to check back in a few weeks when the Optimyst II product launches as it really is something you have to see to believe….stay tuned!