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Choosing, Installing, and Using aWall Mounted Electric Fireplace

Updated on September 29, 2011

The Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace: Adding Warmth and Beauty to Your Home

A wall mounted electric fireplace can add supplemental heat to a room. The average one has a heater that puts out 4,000 to 5,000 BTUs and will easily warm a 400 square foot area. In reality, these units are space heaters, but aesthetically, they are much more pleasing. They come in a variety of designs to compliment your decor and add a realistic flame effect that humans seem to need on cool nights.

These devices save space by mounting directly on the wall, leaving floor space completely open. In addition they require no flue or chimney. They are extremely low maintenance and merely plug into a wall outlet assuring that you can do-it-yourself!

These wall mounted electric fireplaces cost pennies per hour to operate and are clean and odor free. There's no exposure to fumes, smoke, or hazardous sparks.

On this page you will find a few safety and buying tips, a look at installation, and a variety of styles from models that sit flush on the wall to corner styles that make use of space that's truly unused.

Safety Tips

As mentioned above, a wall mounted electric fireplace is a fairly safe heating option. They won't get as hot as a gas fireplace, there are no flames or embers to create a fire hazard, and there will be no smoke or other noxious emissions. These in-the-wall models even help to assure the device won't be tipped over accidentally.

However, they are an electrical device that produces heat so basic precautions need to be observed. Any filters/vents should be kept clear, flammables should be kept at least 6-8 feet away, and the device shouldn't come in contact with liquids. A gounded plug should be used and the cord should be inspected for damage routinely. Many of these models operate with a thermostat to assure they do not overheat, but it is important not to let them run unattended. Doors/safety glass should be kept closed to assure children or pets don't get direct access to any hot surfaces.

Always review care, maintenance, and safety tips provided by the manufacturer before installing or using any of these devices.

Making Your Choice

When selecting which wall mounted electric fireplace will suit your home, there are really four primary considerations.

1. It's size. Obviously, it needs to fit in the space you have available.
2. It's heating capacity. You can compare wattage and of course BTUs (British Thermal Unit), which is just an expression of the amount of heat it can produce.
3. Style & Finish. If you want to complement the decor of your room, you want to consider the style (for instance, modern versus traditional) and finish.
4. Realistic presentation. Since you've opted for one of these models versus a regular space heater, you probably want a nice look that creates ambiance. A realistic flame, glowing embers, and so forth are a must. Review current customer comments on a given model to get an idea of their level of satisfaction.

Beyond this, you can consider how many heat settings it offers, whether or not it can be controlled with a thermostat, whether it has a remote control, and so forth.

Southern Enterprises

This eye catching indoor/outdoor design is perfect for modern and traditional living spaces. The metal frame has a black finish with copper edging.

Like most models, it hangs as easily as a picture and keeps you warm with a 3,000 BTU heater. It measures 27" W x 6" D x 25.75" H.

Southern Enterprises - Corner

This wall mounted electric fireplace is perfect for rooms with a very sleek, modern look. It has a brushed stainless finish, clean lines, and a geometric shape. It measures 24.25" W x 12.75" D, x 24.25' H.

When space is at a premium and you need to add ambiance and a bit of warmth, this charming corner design can be perfect.


This wall mounted electric fireplace has a very sleek and polished look, perfect for a modern styled home. It has a stainless like finish, clean lines, a 4800 BTU heater, thermostat, and logs.

It will easily fit in any room, measuring only 25" W x 23.25" H x 5.2" D.


This model from Greetham is available in various frame colors, including chrome, black, and bronze (brown). It measures 6.2" D x 20.5" W x 24" H and has a 4,500 BTU heater with top vent.

It has a remote control for ease of operation from anywhere in the room, a virtual frame with pebbles, and a concealed ionizer to remove dust from the air.

Dimplex Electraflame

Perfect for rooms with limited wall space, this narrow unit will add the extra warmth you want. It has a black finish, convex glass, and black stones with the Dimplex 3D flame effect for an authentic look without the hassle.

It comes with a on/off remote control allowing you to control operation from anywhere within the room.

Dimplex Sahara

For a modern decor, this Dimplex wall mounted electric fireplace is perfect. It has a dark gray finish and is available in other colors. It measures 6 7/8" x 39 1/2" x 27 5/8" and can heat up to 400 square feet.

It features stay cool glass for safety and realistic 3D flame effect. It and can be used with or without heat, allowing you to enjoy just the flame if you wish. The slim profile saves space and provides a sleek modern look.

Dimplex Symphony

This is the ideal space saving fireplace. It mounts neatly away in a corner and provides the supplemental heat you need for spaces up to 400 square feet. It features a fan forced heater, 2 heat controls, and an adjustable thermostat. It has realistic logs and a flickering flame that can operate with the heat on or off.

It comes with a remote control and stay cool glass. It measures 14 8/9" x 29 4/5" x 37".

Punched Tin Dimplex

This fireplace is another which is ideal for small spaces. It measures 27" W x 6" D x 22.5" H. It features a punched tin frame in an Antique Gold finish and a decorative leaf screen. It has a 3,000 BTU heater and will add elegance as well as warmth to any small room.


Installing a wall mounted electric fireplace is just a bit more complicated than the non-wall mount models. However, with just a few tools it can be accomplished quickly. Below is an instruction video that provides a general look at what is involved. Each model is different but will require a similar process.


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      ElectricFireplace 7 years ago from Florence, AL

      Great article that describes the different types of wall mount electric fireplaces available. They really do come in so many options that fit every home, and the choices are mind boggling. They’re perfect for any room.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, I had to come over to read this as my heater has died the death! lol I never knew that you could get something like these! i remember years ago one of my family had one of those old fashioned heaters on the wall, but it was horrible! but these are great, thanks for the ideas, I like the 2nd and 3rd one best, cheers nell