How to Make a Faux Fireplace TV

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How to Make a Faux Fireplace TV
If you don't have a fireplace in your home, you can create your own with a television and DVD player. (fireplace image by askthegeek from

A fireplace is a classy addition to any living room or den. The warm glow of a fireplace can make you and your guests feel more comfortable and even help you get into a more festive mood once winter and Christmas time roll around. Unfortunately, installing a fireplace can be an expensive endeavour. If you have a television with the right video connections and a DVD player, you can create a fake fireplace to set the right mood in any room of your home. It's not the real thing, but a faux fireplace will impress your guests.

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Things you need

  • Television
  • DVD player
  • Video fireplace DVD

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    You will need a television with the appropriate connections in the back to connect your DVD player. Older televisions and certain DVD players will allow you to connect the player through a coaxial cable, but the picture quality of your fireplace will be low. Use a television that has audio visual connections or high definition connections to enjoy a more realistic fireplace image. A high definition LCD or plasma screen television would be the best equipment for your faux fireplace. Putting the television in the spot you want it is important before the set-up to avoid moving equipment after.

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    Choose a video fireplace DVD. There are several different DVDs available that will allow you to turn your television into a faux fireplace. The Ambient Fire: The Ultimate Video Fireplace DVD is one option that will work in any DVD or Blu-ray player, so chances are the DVD set-up you already have on your television will work splendidly for the task of setting up a video fireplace. Plasmavironments Fireplace DVD is another good choice for a high definition television. You will need to ensure that the DVD player is connected properly to enjoy the high definition video and audio options that your DVD has to offer.

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    Insert the Video fireplace DVD into your DVD player. If you do not own a DVD player, make sure that the model and brand you purchase will work with your television. From the menu screen you will be able to select from multiple types of video fireplaces to play on your screen with options depending on the DVD you decided to purchase. Typically, none of the fake fireplace videos are computer generated. Most DVDs also include several audio options, including classical and holiday music and the natural sounds of a roaring fire to add to the overall experience. The DVD will include hours of fireplace footage, which you can set to loop with your DVD remote for uninterrupted fires in your living room.

Tips and warnings

  • Certain types of televisions are prone to burning images into the screen that appear for long periods of time. Check the owner's manual of your television to ensure it is safe to loop videos on your television before using the fireplace DVD.

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