How to Insert an Electric Fireplace


Inserting an electric fireplace can add warmth, charm and character to your home or apartment. A fireplace insert, as the name implies, is inserted directly into an existing fireplace. They are convenient, affordable and easy to install with minimum effort.
A fireplace insert can vary in price depending on the type of logs, flames and other features. Some brands of fireplace inserts have very realistic logs and flames that generally make them more expensive. Some inserts also have remote controls that allow you to change the flame height, adjust the heat and turn them on and off. This type of feature will also add to the cost of the fireplace insert.

Things You'll Need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Measure your fireplace opening and depth so that the fireplace insert you purchase will fit snugly into the existing opening. Write down the measurements. Compare them to the insert you're considering purchasing to make sure that it will fit.

  • Check to see if there’s an easily accessible standard electrical outlet near the fireplace into which you want to place the insert. If there are no nearby outlets you can install one yourself or hire an electrician to install it for you.

  • Lay out all the components for your fireplace insert that came with the kit. Check each piece you have against the pieces shown in the instruction guide to make sure that none is missing.

  • Assemble the insert according to the manufacturer's directions, following each step in succession. Once assembled, place the insert into the fireplace opening.

  • Plug in and test the fireplace insert before installing any glass doors that may be included with your insert kit. If the unit is working without any problems, install the doors, plug in the fireplace and enjoy.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some fireplace insert models come with a heater to enhance the realism of the fireplace.
  • Be sure that you check the manufacturer’s recommendation for the outlet specifications to minimize any potential fire hazard.

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