3 Steps to Converting from Wood to Electric Inserts

Fireplaces have come a very, very long way. With modern technology, traditional wood burning fireplaces have become outdated. They’re messy, expensive to build, and require regular maintenance.

How to Convert a Wood Burning Fireplace to an Electric Fireplace Insert

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Converting to an electric insert is easier than you think! With the correct dimensions, an electric fireplace insert will slip into your existing firebox and plug in for instant heat.  This 3 Step Guide will show you how to convert a wood to electric insert. It’s very easy and requires no special tools, just a extra hand from a friend!

Remove, Clean, & Insert!

Installing an electric fireplace into an existing firebox is very similar no matter what type of fireplace you own. If you have a gas fireplace, you can jump over to this post to learn how to convert to an electric fireplace insert from a gas fireplace.

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Converting a Wood Fireplace into an Electric Insert

Converting a wood fireplace to an electric fireplace insert is very simple. All you have to do is remove the existing grate, clean out the ashes, and slide your insert into place! They’re light and easy to move so installation is a snap. Yes, it’s really that simple. That’s why they’re so popular!

Your electric insert will need to be plugged into a wall outlet. Never use an extension cord! To avoid tripping your electric box, it’s best that you don’t plug in a lot of other devices on the same circuit. Each outlet can only support a certain number of amperes.

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To hide the wire and give your fireplace a clean look, you can purchase a hardwired electric fireplace that an electrician can run to your homes electric box. This way, the cord won’t be visible.

Alternatively, you can have an electrical outlet installed inside the firebox so the plug doesn’t make your fireplace look out of place. You’ll also be able to close the fireplace doors this way.

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Making the Switch to an Electric Insert

There are many benefits of converting from wood to electric. Efficiency is just one of these benefits. Just check out this comparison on the costs associated with different types of fireplaces.

Once you see how much you’ll save, you’ll be sure you’re making the right decision.

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Additional Resources:

  1. Convert Your Hearth to an Electric Fireplace
  2. Tips for Buying an Electric Fireplace
  3. Determining How Many BTU’s Your Home Needs

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