History of the Electric Fireplace

The history of electric fireplaces is more interesting, and perhaps a bit longer than some might think at first. From its belittling introduction to the majestic marble mantle-clad wonders of today, knowing this history will make you unable to look at your electric fireplace the same way again.

Humble Origins Among the Stars

Traversing the ages, fire has been a common theme in man’s journey and advancement, especially in technological improvements. While the electric fireplace sits relatively late in the table of harnessing fire, it can claim to be an important innovation, rightly deserving to be made a part of the modern home. But for the first electric fires in 1912, the play was their restriction.

First Electric Fireplaces in Theater Productions

Electric fires were first used in theatre productions like this one – By Central Litho. & Eng. Co. (signed) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons; available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID var.1527.; image is a reproduction, also in the public domain.

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Do electric fireplaces really work?

Staying warm can be done efficiently, affordably, and aesthetically through the use of an electric fireplace. It’s commonly and incorrectly assumed that electric fireplaces can’t produce any heat; however, many models can produce anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 British Thermal Units (BTU’s) of heat. This may not be enough to warm your entire home, but it is certainly enough heat to warm up a small apartment or an entire home living room.

Dimplex Prism Wall Mount Electric Fireplace

The best-selling electric linear fireplace just got better with the all new Prism Series. View the all new Dimplex Prism Wall Mount Electric Fireplace with 4,198 BTUs.

What is an Electric Fireplace?

An electric fireplace is a heater that uses electricity to work, rather than a traditional fireplace that burns coal, wood, or natural gas. The electric fireplace is present in many modern homes, as it is better for the environment while also just as effective and aesthetic as the traditional counterpart.
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The Optiflame® Fire by Dimplex

Patented electric flame technology is at our fingertips in the Dimplex Optiflame® fire effect. This world-renowned electric flame can be seen in many Dimplex products, including the latest electric inserts and wall fireplaces.

Electric fireplaces were brought to life by Dimplex, when the Optiflame® was incorporated into the very first fireplaces on the market. Since then, the company has been consistently made the effect even more realistic year after year.

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How Electric Fireplaces Work

Whether you’re the current or soon-to-be owner of an electric fireplace, you’ve probably asked yourself, “how do electric fireplaces work.” It doesn’t take a physicist or electrical engineer to know this marvel, so let the experts at PortableFireplace.com teach you how electric fireplaces and electric inserts work.

Classic Flame Cannes Espresso Electric Fireplace TV Stand 23MM378-E451

Classic Flame Cannes Espresso Electric Fireplace TV Stand – $663.99 with Free Shipping

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Electric Fireplace Warranties

Electric Fireplace Warranties

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Being knowledgeable about your electric fireplace’s warranty will make it easier for you to resolve any technical issues quickly. By being able to solve any problems that you may have, you’ll be able to be fully satisfied with any product that you own. Here’s the Portable Fireplace guide to the warranty information you need on your electric fireplace.
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The 5 Most Realistic Electric Fireplaces in 2016

Modern electric fireplaces feature realistic flames that have been able to simulate the charm of robust crackling flames in amazing fashion. Technology and innovation have led to various optical techniques that have created some of the most realistic electric fireplaces on the market. Everything from LED lighting, hologram images, and videos of actual wood burning fireplaces have been used in search of the most realistic electric fireplace.

Most realistic electric fireplace

While detailed information on new innovations provides technical backing, we’ve included videos to let you see just how real electric fireplaces can look. Seeing is believing!

View a comparison between Classic Flame vs Dimplex.
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Top 10 Remote Control Electric Fireplaces

One of the greatest benefits of electric fireplaces is its simplicity. No logs to replace, no ash to clean, no worry of stray embers—these are just a few of the many ways electric fireplaces make cozy living easier than ever. But the greatest convenience fits in the palm of your hand. Remote control electric fireplaces transform your environment with the ambient warmth of a fire from the comfort of your couch (preferably with a hot cocoa in hand).

Woman using an electric fireplace remote from the couch

Photography by Luke Wisley

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Oak Electric Fireplaces

Why Electric Fireplaces?

Traditional fireplaces have served as the focal point of any room for centuries now. A source of warmth and light, they’ve become comfort zones in their own right. Nowadays, they are the focal point of countless problems. The space, the maintenance and the pollutants are all contributing factors to the rising trend of electric fireplaces. Electric fireplaces provide the architectural ambience and warmth of conventional fireplaces but with less cost, less maintenance and a smaller carbon footprint.

Why Oak Electric Fireplaces?

Oak has been a popular choice for both conventional and electric fireplaces for many reasons. The rich color and grain markings bring a traditional feel to even the most modern electric fireplaces while its strength and durability ensure a lasting investment. Even the smallest apartment and condos can now enjoy the luxury of an oak fireplace with all the convenience electric offers.

3 Key Things to Consider Before Purchasing Your Oak Electric Fireplace

1. Space

It is important for you to evaluate the space you have available for your new fireplace prior to shopping. Not only should you be measuring floor space, but wall space as well. Many electric fireplaces come with aesthetic accents like carved pillars or oversized mantles. Some will even feature storage options like built-in shelves or TV stands.

Corinth Oak Electric Fireplace

This 42” Corinth Premium Oak Electric Fireplace can double as an entertainment center with built-in shelves and a multi-functional wall or corner set up. Click to learn more.

2. Heating Needs

This comes down to both the size of the room and your local climate. Most portable electric heaters have the capacity to heat a 400 square foot room from 50 to 70 degrees. While this would provide ample power to chase off Autumn drafts, it might not be up to the task of keeping a large rec room warm in more extreme temperatures.

Faircrest Oak Electric Fireplace with Stone Look

This 45.5″ Faircrest Stone Look Electric Fireplace is a good blend of both classic and modern. The geometric carved embellishments on the mantle provide a contemporary feel while the interior brick design adds a certain rustic charm. Click to learn more.


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Electric Fireplaces that Heat 1,000 sq ft Spaces

We know you want heat and lots of it. That’s why PortableFireplace.com has curated this list of electric fireplace heaters that heat up to 1,000 sq ft. Browse electric fireplace inserts and electric fireplace tv stands to find a fireplace that not only looks nice but also gets the job done.

One thing to point out is that quartz infrared heaters put out the most heat. These electric heaters use quartz technology to emit nearly double the standard heating capacity (400 sq ft) of normal electric fireplaces.

28″ Spectrafire+ Infrared Quartz Electric Fireplace Insert – 28II200GRA

28" Spectrafire+ Infrared Quartz Electric Fireplace Insert - 28II200GRA

28″ Spectrafire+ Infrared Quartz Electric Fireplace Insert – 28II200GRA

Price: $519.99
Heating Capacity: 1,000 sq ft
BTUs: 5,200
Watts: 1,500 Watts

Related: 25″ Spectrafire+ Infrared Electric Fireplace Insert – 25II310GRA

23” Classic Flame Infrared Spectrafire+ Electric Fireplace Insert – 23II210GRA
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Electric Fireplace Safety Made Simple

Electric fireplaces are touted for energy efficiency but are they safe? This page will answer all of your questions regarding the safety of electric fireplaces and electric fireplace inserts. Click on one of the questions below to jump to the answer you’re looking for. Be sure to check out the built-in safety features offered in select models at the end of this page.

Electric Fireplace Safety

Are electric fireplaces safe?

Can electric fireplaces sit on carpet?

Is it safe to put an electric fireplace directly against a wall?

Do electric fireplaces need to be vented?

Does the front glass on an electric fireplace get hot?

Do electric fireplaces cause indoor air pollution?

Do I need a permit to install an electric fireplace?

Is it safe to leave an electric fireplace on overnight?

Can I use an extension cord to connect my electric fireplace?

Do municipal burn regulations apply to electric fireplaces?

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