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Electric Fireplaces

Updated on August 20, 2014

Stay Warm this Winter with a Charming Electric Fireplace

Perhaps you have a room that doesn't stay as warm as you would like or maybe you've found the perfect condo except it lacks the ambiance you want due to the absence of a fireplace.

Fret no more. No longer do you have to deal with major construction to get the beauty and comfort that a fireplace can bring. Affordable and charming electric fireplaces can solve your problem.

What Can an Electric Fireplace Add to Your Room?

Why would you want to add one of these charming appliances to an existing room?

Additional Heat.Yes, supplementary heat from an electric fireplace can add comfort during the cooler months. From sunrooms, to living rooms, bedrooms and more; an electric fireplace acts as a space heater. Staying within your budget.These devices are affordable on most budgets. These heaters, complete with beautiful surround can be added to a room for as low as $280. Ease of installation.No longer do home owners have to pay for costly masonry work and installation of venting and chimneys; these simple appliances merely slide in next to the wall of nearly any room. Minimal space requirements.Electric fireplaces can fit up right against a wall, minimizing the space that it occupies. These beautiful pieces are offered in a wide variety of sizes to meet any room size and configuration. Charm and ambiance.Because these beautifully crafted appliances come in a wide variety of styles and finishes, there is one to suit any décor. The warmth of these pieces reaches far beyond their actual heating capabilities as the glow and flicker of flames is one the resonates with the sense of "home" in all of us.Safety and ComfortAn electric fireplace poses no significant fire risk, sparks to burn carpeting, rugs, and so forth, and no smoke either. You get added warmth with far fewer risks.

How to Choose the Right One

Choosing an electric fireplace is relatively simple. Although looking at them in person at the store is wise before making a choice, returning to shop online can offer the best deals.

Here are some things to consider:

Heating ability.Determine the square footage of the room in which the fireplace will be located. When shopping, each unit will have an indication of it's BTU's and the size space it can generally heat. Obviously, if you have 220 square feet of space to heat, you want the device to be able to accommodate that.Size.Measure the height and width of the area where you hope to locate the fireplace. This will guide the size you purchase to assure it will fit in the space you have and avoid overwhelming the room.ControlsAdjustable heat and flame height are available. Controls to operate the fireplace with flame only (no heat) are also available on many models. Many people also want a remote control. A timer, or automoatic shut off can also be convenient.Realistic "Feel" and AppearanceIf you shop in a store be sure look and listen while the unit is in operation to assure your satisfaction. Some offer "flames" that are more realistic, and have a quieter operation. (the fan forced heater is used to distribute air throughout the room)Style and FinishElectric fireplaces may have a stained wood, painted wood, stone, metal, or other finish. They may have a colonial, early american, rustic, modern, transitional, or other design. Wood finishes can resemble oak, cherry, mahogany, or some other type of wood grain and color. Some small models may be a cabinet design, while others resemble a traditional fireplace with mantle and hearth. Some will fit on a flat wall while others are fashioned to fit in the corner of a room. Personal taste and room décor will dictate the best choice for any individual.Other Design ConsiderationsWith limited space, many consumers choose designs which incorporate bookcases or storage for equipment such as their DVR and television.

Note: Be sure you know what is included when you buy. Most of these appliances come with the mantel and surround as wells as the insert with logs, but on occasion, especially with larger models the two parts are sold separately.

Life with an Electric Fireplace

Electric Fireplace FAQ

What style electric fireplaces are available?Flush models are probably the most popular; they sit on the floor flush with the wall. Wall mount models are another option. These tend to be smaller. A corner design can be a good choice in rooms that don't have a lot of extra wall space. There are also compact electric heaters and stoves which can offer a very rustic look. Of course there are also electric fireplace inserts that can be used with an existing fireplace.Do these appliances need to sit away from the wall by several inches to allow for proper ventilation?No, they can sit flush with the wallDo electric fireplaces need to be installed by an electrician?No. You will simply assemble the mantel/surround, insert the preassembled heater and logs, and then plug it in.Will I need a special outlet?No, nearly all of these appliances can use a standard household outlet.How are electric fireplaces assembled?Most people can handle any necessary assembly. Obviously each brand and model differs as to the exact process, but we have included an example below to assist you. Generally speaking, it is similar to assembling any ready made furniture such as an entertainment center or desk.

How to Assemble an Electric Fireplace - A Demonstration

SEI Remington Media Console with Electric Fireplace, Mission Oak
SEI Remington Media Console with Electric Fireplace, Mission Oak
This elegant Renaissance II electrical fireplace has a distinct nautical design. It measures 42-inches wide, 14.5-inches deep and stands 42-inches tall and is a beautiful focal point in any room. With three controls it's easy to adjust the amber glow, flame size, and heat output. Functional as well as lovely this fireplace a 5118 BTU heater which is adequate for most rooms.
DIMPLEX Caprice Electric Fireplace
DIMPLEX Caprice Electric Fireplace
This gorgeous electric fireplace features a cherry wood finish and realistic flame effect. It is a 23" fireplace with full dimensions measureing 48.3 wide, 42" height, and 17" deep. It has a fan-forced heater to quietly circulate air throughout the room while staying cool to the touch, convenient remote control, thermostat control, and can operate with the heat on or off. With a 4692 BTU heater it can provide supplemental heat for up to 400 square feet.
Electric Fireplace with Mantel and Multicolor Stone Facade - 5115 BTU, Model# POLY-0232
Electric Fireplace with Mantel and Multicolor Stone Facade - 5115 BTU, Model# POLY-0232
The polystone, multicolor stone facade on this electric fireplace has a distinctive look for a rustic environment. It offers a 5115 BTU heater with 2 selectable levels and a thermal cutoff for safety and convenience. It offers a 3D flame effect for a more realistic fire.
Real Flame Ashley Petite - Mini Indoor Ventless Fireplace
Real Flame Ashley Petite - Mini Indoor Ventless Fireplace
This handsome firelplaced features a mahogany look finish with pillars and a curved mantel support. It adds elegance and warmth to any living room, bedroom, or other space. It measures 33.5" wide by 36.5" high and 12" deep. It has a steel firebox and cast concrete log.

How to Install an Electric Fireplace Insert - A Demonstration

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      6 years ago

      Unfortunately I have such a small flat that an electric fireplace does not fit in. My remedy is to play a video on my TV.

      Its for free and it does not take any more room.

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      9 years ago

      Ugh, wish it was winter so I could use my fireplace! :P

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      9 years ago

      This is a great article! I've been looking at fireplaces in Chicago, and I can't decide between gel and electric. After reading about these benefits, though, electric seems to be in the lead. Is there any other advice you can give me?

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      9 years ago

      Interesting wine cabinet lens. Good ideas for your sharing.

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      9 years ago

      Vivedecor is doing such great job in providing furnitures like Classic Flame Fireplaces according to your requirements with best ideas and designs.

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      9 years ago

      What a great lens. Ilove the diversity of the various styles available Now!

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      cbrauer lm 

      10 years ago

      Great lens. Not only are these elecric fireplaces beautiful they are a great source of supplemental heat. Being in the heating industry we see these saving people tons of money when used to to heat rooms they spend the most time in vurses heating a whole house and room that are rarely used.

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      10 years ago

      Great article. I have been wanting one of these for a while now. Your information let me know that I was heading in the right directions. Blessed by a SquidAngel and featured on Home and Garden SquidAngel.

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      10 years ago

      Great advice. My gas central heating system is dripping water and looks like it might not last the holiday. Our only back-up is a couple of electric fan-heaters. An electric fireplace would be far more civilized.

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      10 years ago

      SO! I'm thinking, where in that fifth wheel can I plug in an electric fireplace? The furnace ran out of gas last night and I still haven't completely thawed out from the brain freeze. These are mighty nice!

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      Virginia Allain 

      10 years ago from Central Florida

      I really would like to have one of these. They really dress up a room and are great to take the chill off.

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      11 years ago

      Also: I'm lensrolling this to Fireplace Mantels for Modern Interior Designs, so I can share the wisdom. Thanks for the great tips!

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      11 years ago

      Great tips on electric fireplaces! I own a Dimplex... it's great!

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      11 years ago

      If your home does not have a fireplace, installing an electric fireplace is a great way to get the look and warmth of the fireplace without all of the expense of a fireplace.

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      11 years ago

      I would like Buy

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      11 years ago from Massachusetts

      We had the option of getting a fireplace in our condo, but we opted no when it was built. I wish we had one now! It's freezing here.

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      12 years ago

      I really could have used one of these electric fireplaces this week, it was freezing.

    • AlisonMeacham profile image


      12 years ago

      A fireplace makes such a difference to a home. I have lit my real fire for the first time this year today! Those electric ones look like a great alternative

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      13 years ago

      Nice job--I was going to make an electric fireplace lens, but I think you've covered it all!

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      13 years ago from Vancouver

      I would love one! My Aunt recently bought one and it made her living room so cozy! She loves it!

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      13 years ago

      who'd have thought: electric fireplaces for sale at Amazon :)

    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 

      13 years ago from Canada

      We have a black box (insert) for our unfinished basement rec room. It does warm up the space and I suppose some day it will have a 'surround.'

      Beautiful lens!


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      13 years ago

      I have no place to put one right now, but this Lens makes want to have one right now!

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      13 years ago

      Great lens! A fireplace is wonderful, particularly these, because there is no mess and soot!

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      13 years ago

      I love a fireplace, electric, wood, or gas. Very nice lens.

    • RichLeighHD profile image


      13 years ago

      Another great lens from you. Terifically well laid out and incredibly informative as always. It's 5 stars from me. :)


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