How to Install an Electric Fireplace

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An electric fireplace will bring the charm and ambiance of a real fireplace to your home. You can even build a mantle above your electric fireplace if you want one. Follow these steps to install an electric fireplace in your home.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Electric fireplace kit
  • Drill
  • Glass cleaner
  • Clean rag

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  1. 1

    Choose where you want to install the electric fireplace. It must be near a standard 120 volt electrical outlet.

  2. 2

    Lay out all the parts of your fireplace kitso they can be assembled. Generally, the base comes preassembled in a fireplace kit.

  3. 3

    Stand the cabinet, the wooden exterior portion of the fireplace, against the wall where the electric fireplace is to be located.

  4. 4

    Place the firebox into the wooden cabinet and plug in the electric cord.

  5. 5

    Follow the directions that came with the fireplace kit. You'll need to install the liner, if one was included with your electric fireplace.

  6. 6

    Situate the logs inside the fireplace opening and turn on the switch for a moment to make sure the logs work.

  7. 7

    Screw on the glass front of the fireplace unit and install any additional trim.

Tips and warnings

  • An electric fireplace can even be installed in a mobile home or high rise apartment because no venting is required.
  • Many electric fireplaces have a built in fan which will distribute the heat more efficiently.
  • An electric fireplace has the lowest output of BTUs of all the fireplace place types that are available, so that means it's not going to put out a lot of heat.

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