Transforming A Traditional Fireplace With An Electric Fireplace Insert
Electric inserts fall into two distinct categories. One type of electric fireplace insert is a four-sided box with logs on a grate that exists as a complete unit. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are typically included with a mantel or an entertainment center package. This item is a plug-in unit and, because it functions as a piece of furniture, the insert slides in and it can be placed anywhere in a room where there is an electrical outlet.
The second type of electric fireplace insert is the electric log insert set. It is placed into an existing masonry firebox or wood burning stove and can transform its new home into a beautiful, inexpensive, hassle and mess-free place of warmth and character. The electric log insert requires access to an electric outlet. The unit is factory pre-wired, so installation is simple. All one needs to do is place it into a fireplace or wood burning stove, and plug the unit in. There are no gas fittings, no masonry work, no holes in exterior walls, and no roofing contractor necessary, because this unit does not require ventilation.