Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a wall-mounted fireplace?
A: Wall mounted electric fireplaces are great for apartments because they don't require any permanent installation and you can take them with you when you move.
Wall mounted electric fireplaces can be hung directly on a wall, just like a picture or a flat-screen TV. Mounting brackets and all the hardware come included with the fireplace. Ideally, you want to install this unit over an electrical outlet so that the power cord doesn’t show. This way, you get a clean, finished look with minimal effort.
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Q: What is a built-in fireplace?
A: Built-in electric fireplaces have a more finished look because they don't stick out of the wall and typically have a frameless appearance. Frameless linear electric fireplaces are a beautiful alternative to linear gas fireplaces.
Installing a built-in fireplace is a little more complex than a wall-mounted fireplace. You will need to build a niche where you would insert your fireplace unit. You will need to have some carpentry skills for that if you want to do it yourself.
If your electric fireplace is a built-in model that will become a permanent fixture in the home, it is recommended that the unit be hardwired in, where a new circuit breaker and wiring would most likely be required. We recommend hiring a licensed electrician if you need new wiring for your plug-in fireplace or installing a hardwired model.
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Q: What is a fully-recessed, or partially-recessed fireplace?
A: Flush-mount (or "recessed") fireplaces can provide the custom, built-in look that many homeowners want – without the time, work and cost that you normally would expect. They really don’t take up any additional space in a room, yet they both add style and functionality at the same time.
A wall mount electric fireplace than can be partially recessed can be built slightly into a wall.
A wall mount electric fireplace that is able to be fully recessed means that the majority of the unit can be put into a wall without affecting the performance of the fireplace.
These slim fireplaces are perfect 2 x 4 installs. You can recess them into a 2 x 4 wall without building it out and taking up extra space in your room. Most models are below 4" in depth which allows them to fit in the 2 x 4 wall just right.
Other models are a little bit deeper but they are installed in a way that allows the fireplace to stick out of the wall just enough to compensate for the depth and still look great.
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Q: Difference between wood stove and wood insert
A: A free standing wood stove that can be placed practically anywhere in the home. They are available in different sizes and styles to fit any space. They are best for heating large spaces or an entire home.
A wood burning insert is a self-contained heating appliance that fits inside an existing fireplace opening. An insert operates similar to that of a space heater transforming an inefficient traditional fireplace into a highly efficient heat producer without sacrificing aesthetics.