While you’re drawn to the idea of having a fireplace in your home, you probably don’t want to worry about cleaning a chimney, procuring firewood, fiddling with a damper, or removing ashes from the fireplace. If maintenance for a regular fireplace sounds like too much to deal with, then a MagikFlame electric fireplace may just be what you’re looking for. You naturally have a few questions about an electric fireplace, such as the benefits, what to look for, and how to measure for an electric fireplace insert. We have the answers you’re looking for.
How Are Electric Fireplaces Different From Traditional Fireplaces?
The biggest draw to fireplaces is the scent of burning wood. For thousands of years, people used fires to keep themselves warm, cook their food, and to provide a sense of safety. While we don’t have to rely on fire to cook our food and keep us safe, the sight and aroma of a fire in the fireplace still relaxes us and keeps us warm.
A fireplace insert is far more affordable than a traditional fireplace. Not only do you have to worry about major wall construction and the masonry work, but you need a chimney added if you don’t already have one.
With a fireplace insert, you can hang it right on a wall, or in a recessed area to give the appearance of a real fireplace. With an existing fireplace, there’s always the concern about embers from the fire floating out of the fir and landing on a rug, carpets, or furniture and starting a fire.
Benefits of Electric Fireplaces
If you’re concerned about energy efficiency, then the electric fireplace is the way to go. The EPA states that traditional open fireplaces lose 90% of their heat output through the chimney and other vents. With a cast-iron wood-burning fireplace, you may notice that you’re warm near the fire, but the rest of the room is colder.
Since electric fireplaces are considered supplemental heating, that means you can lower your energy costs. With an electric fireplace, all you need is a functional nearby electrical outlet. With a wood-burning fireplace, you have to carefully construct a wood structure that will allow a fire to burn, along with kindling.
Sometimes the fire doesn’t start at all, or right away, but you have to keep feeding the fire by adding wood every few hours. You also don’t have to worry about the fireplace smoking the house.
Another benefit is that you don’t have to worry about a gas line if you choose not to go with a natural gas fireplace, which takes propane or natural gas. You don’t have to worry about fumes if you choose an electric fireplace, as carbon monoxide impacts indoor air quality and your health despite the amount of heat it provides.
Unlike other fireplace types, electric fireplaces are less susceptible to rust and corrosion.
Along with soot and a buildup of minuscule ash particles, rust, and corrosion other fireplace types last fewer years than electric fireplaces, or at least look far older than they actually are. Electric fireplaces function and work like new years after installation and you don’t even have to worry about the need for venting.
Do Electric Fireplaces Need a Chimney or Vents
With a masonry fireplace and a natural gas fireplace, you need a chimney or a vent as those fireplace types create emissions. Since electric fireplaces don’t create emissions, you don’t need a chimney or a direct vent to the outdoors. This means if your home currently has a chimney, with a fireplace opening, you can either have the fireplace and chimney removed or simply have the chimney blocked off.
Before removing the existing masonry and the flue, there are a few things you should consider. The original builders may have signed or dated the bricks, which may reveal that your chimney has historical or monetary value. If you decline to remove your chimney due to its historic value, you’ll need professional masons and chimney sweeps to keep your chimney in top shape. In which case you may decide to seal the chimney to retain an aesthetic value. The workers may also have to remove a chimney liner, which protects chimney walls from heat and corrosion
If you do decide to remove your chimney, you should take into consideration the costs of contractors to remove it. Brick chimneys must be disassembled brick by brick to avoid structural damage to your home. In turn, this means that it will take longer to remove your chimney, which also means you’ll spend more money when you hire professional help to remove your chimney.
What To Look For in an Electric Fireplace
When choosing an electric fireplace, there are a few things to consider before you choose one by either price or appearance. Before you know how to measure for an electric fireplace insert, the size of the space you wish to provide supplemental heating for is one of those considerations. If you have a room that’s about 900 square feet, then an infrared quartz unit will suit it best.
If the room is smaller, under 500 square feet, then a forced fan fireplace is a better choice. If your room is larger than 1,600 square feet, then the heating efficiency of any heater drastically reduces. Electric fireplaces also come with remote controls and a thermostat. Our coil heaters offer up to 4,000 BTUs, which provides great heat output.
Other factors that impact the heating efficiency of your electric fireplace are windows, drafts, vaulted ceilings, and inefficient insulation. Energy-efficient windows not only keep heat in the home longer, lowering heating costs but also reduces condensation. The proper amount of insulation also helps to keep your home warmer longer.
How To Measure For Electric Fireplace Insert
If you’re interested in an easy DIY project, then installing an electric fireplace is the project for you if you have knowledge of carpentry and electricity. If you don’t have experience working with electricity, then it’s best to call a professional electrician for assistance installing an electric fireplace as there will need to be a power outlet in the opening of your old fireplace. Electricians will be able to assemble and install the freestanding plug-in fireplace with very little hassle as they already know how to measure for an electric fireplace insert.
There are a few requirements when it comes to clearance needs for your electric fireplace. Since you can install electric fireplaces on a combustible surface without any fireproofing, there are no minimum clearance requirements to the floor, it does need at least one inch from the back and sides of the electric fireplace to the walls surrounding it, as well as the back wall. It also needs two inches from the top of the frame to the mantel board, as well as 3/8 of an inch from the top of the firebox from a combustible material or non-combustible material.
This means you can’t place something right in front or above the firebox, whether it’s streamers, stockings, other decorative items, or even clothing. You must also never place furniture right in front of your electric fireplace, despite the lack of potential embers.
If you do have experience working with carpentry or electricity and are deciding to install the electric fireplace yourself, you will need a few tools and building materials. You’ll need gloves to keep your hands safe, but you’ll also need a measuring tape to ensure you have the fireplace in the correct position. You’ll also need a level to make sure that you aren’t installing the fireplace at a tilt, however slight.
Other tools you’ll need to install a fireplace insert with little hassle is a hammer, a saw, pliers, drill, and a Phillips screwdriver. Of course, you’ll need building materials such as non-combustible caulking, wall finishing, and framing. Some non-combustible caulkings are heat resistant up anywhere from 240F to 2000F. When choosing non-combustible caulking, be sure to check that it meets both international building code (IBC) and international residential Code (IRC) fire blocking requirements
Questions To Ask Yourself Before Installing a MagikFlame Electric Fireplace
Read more in our electric fireplace buying guide
What If I Have Never Installed a Recessed Electric Fireplace Before?
We provide a handy installation guide with all MagikFlame Electric Fireplaces. One thing that the buyer’s guide warns against is using a power strip to plug in the log set as it will draw too much power when other items are plugged into the power strip, thereby overloading the breaker. Like Dimplex fireplaces, our electric fireplace runs on standard 110 volts, but you can hardwire it into your power source and connect it to existing J-boxes.
What Are The Dimensions of the Electric Fireplace?
Our electrical fireplaces stand 31.723 inches tall, 28.167 inches wide, and 12 inches deep. The opening of our electric fireplaces are 22.4671 inches tall, 28.1107 inches wide with a 0.722-inch lip. The base dimensions are 12 inches deep.
The hidden panel, whose top 9 inches can be sealed in is 9.097 inches high and 27.250 inches wide. The viewing hole size is 28.160 inches wide and 22.7 inches high. The base for the insert, the wall framing, is 28.167 inches by 31.723 inches by 12 inches.
Does Magikflame Offer Warranties?
We offer a 1-year factory limited warranty for all fireplace inserts. All our inserts are constructed to last as they are built using high-quality components. There are no moving parts in our inserts, which makes our products much more reliable than those that have rotating lights and an electric motor. We use LED and LCD technology so you never have to worry about replacing lightbulbs frequently. LED lights and LCD technology are both known for being energy efficient and lasting a long time.
What Kind of Shipping Does MagikFlame Offer?
The costs vary depending upon the customer location in the continental United States due to the weight and size of our fireplace inserts. We use specialized freight carriers to make sure the fireplace insert you choose arrives quickly and free from damage. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are experiencing limited availability of our electric fireplaces.
Therefore, as a thank you for being patient with us during the pandemic with our limited availability, we are offering free shipping for all orders. We also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on all products. If you are unsatisfied with your product for any reason, you can return it within 30 days.
The reason that we are experiencing limited availability is two-fold. First, people are isolating themselves from the virus at home and are ordering our products. Secondly, our supply chain has either slowed down or broken down in some places. While we are selling our available inventory, we continue to build when our materials come in.
What Are Some Of The Benefits and Features Of The Fireplaces?
With our electric fireplace insert, you never have to worry about the risk of fire from hot embers that float in the air and land on furniture or carpeting. Since our vent-free inserts don’t burn as a traditional fireplace would, it is safe to the touch. If you have curious pets or children, you never have to worry about them getting too close and burning themselves, or accidentally causing fires.
Since there are no real flames, similar to Dimplex fireplaces, this also means that there is nothing to burn. You don’t have to search for firewood to purchase, which is often more expensive during the cold months due to high demand.
You also never have to store wood in or next to your home. Since you won’t be burning anything, you don’t have to worry about dangerous carbon monoxide fumes that burning wood emits, or smoke in your home if the fireplace isn’t venting correctly. Another thing you’ll never have to worry about is the cleaning and sweeping dirty ashes or wood debris around the fireplace, or the twice-yearly vent cleaning to keep your chimney clear.
Even though you may never have to worry about cleaning up after wood logs have burnt to ash, you can still enjoy the warmth and comfort of a fire that an electric fireplace provides. Our fireplace insert has vivid photorealistic flames on logs, as well as the illusion of glowing embers and wispy smoke. If a visitor, or someone at the other end of a video call, didn’t know any better, they would never guess that it wasn’t a real fire.
In addition to glowing embers and wispy smoke, each log contains colorful LED lamps that simulate glowing embers and each log is painted and crafted in such a way that it’s difficult to discern from a glance whether or not you have actual wood in your fireplace. The ambiance isn’t the only thing that provides the illusion of realistic fire, sound helps as well. After all, what’s a roaring fire without the roar?
That’s why our fireplaces include built-in speakers that reproduce the crackles, pops, and the sound of burning logs that’s so real you’d probably forget that you don’t have a real fire burning. If you want an experience that’s even more realistic, we offer an optional add-on of a device that oscillates the crisp scent of fresh-cut winter pine as your electric fireplace operates. This add-on provides an immersive experience of sight, sound, and scent that makes you forget that you aren’t actually burning wood in your fireplace.
Does The Fireplace Have Remote Control?
Yes, our fireplace inserts can be controlled remotely via our iPhone smartphone app. Our MagikFlame electric fireplaces have integrated Bluetooth technology so you can control all options on your iPhone. An Android version is in active development and will be available soon. With the app, you can connect to your WiFi for free updates, control the appearance of the flame, adjust the sleep timer, or even enabling or disabling ambient nature sounds.
How Can I Buy An Electric Fireplace?
You can choose from a variety of electric fireplace models on our website, or on Amazon. Such models include the Trinity, Artemis, or even Morpheus. You can also chat with a representative in a chat window, or call us by phone. You can even contact us by email if you have further questions about our model types. We understand that not everyone has the ability to pay for an electric fireplace up front, which is why we have partnered with Bread.
With Bread, we have the ability to offer our customers an easy and fast way to apply for financing with clear terminology so you can pick your payment options without dealing with any pre-payment penalties. Simply choose the “pay over time” method, provide some basic information about yourself, in seconds you can see if you pre-qualify for Bread’s financing options.
At MagikFlame, we’re here to add a little magic back into your world.