The glow of a fire, the sound of crackling embers, the dance of flames all bring a sense of warmth and comfort. Whether or not you have access to a fireplace or fuel for your fire, tech can give you the next best thing: a virtual fireplace.
Your home may not have a fireplace or your climate may be a bit too warm right now for a roaring fire, but as long as you have the screen of a TV, computer, or mobile device, you can have a roaring virtual fireplace. Virtual fireplaces may not give you the warmth of a real fire, but at least you won’t have any ashes to clean after you’re done!
You don’t have to have a TV to watch a virtual fireplace. The Mac App Store has a free Fireplace screensaver, Fireplace Live HD Free to bring flames to your Mac screen. You can choose from eight different fireplaces and enable or mute the sound. The app lets you adjust the size of the window and has a sleep timer mode so you can fall asleep to the sound of your crackling fire.
If you have a PC running Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, you can get a Fireplace screensaver for your computer from Geliosoft. The company has both a fireplace screensaver and a Christmas fireplace screensaver available for purchase. A free trial version is also available for download. The fireplace screensavers from Geliosoft are priced from $16.85 to $19.95 for a 3D version.
Here’s a preview video of the Geliosoft screen:
You can find lots of fireplace videos on YouTube to watch on your computer, mobile device or TV using a set-top box such as Roku or Apple TV. Here’s a three-hour long fireplace video to maximize your viewing pleasure:
If you’re in the US, you may be able to watch a TV channel with the Yule Log burning from Christmas Eve to Christmas evening. The Yule Log is available in both SD and HD versions at various times, check with your TV provider for channels and times in your area.
If you’re a Netflix member, you can tune into a fireplace from your computer at Netflix fireplace.
Intimate Fireplace is a free app for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch that offers 10 different virtual fireplaces, complete with sound and music. The app is ad supported, but in-app purchases are available to remove the ads and to give you access to all ten fireplaces.
If you own an Apple TV 2 or later, you can use Air Play to mirror your iDevice app onto your TV screen.
The Fireplace 2 app has six different fireplaces to warm the screen of your Windows Phone. Tap the upper right corner of your screen to toggle through the different choices. Fireplace 2 is available for Windows Phone for $0.99.
For the comfort of a fireplace without the smoke or ashes, checkout a virtual fireplace!
Do you like to watch a fire in a fireplace? Have you ever used a virtual fireplace when a real fireplace wasn’t available? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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Merry Christmas from The Wonder of Tech!
Whether you’re celebrating or not, please have a merry Christmas and may this season bring joy to you and your family.
*Fireplace image by Bill, used with his kind permission