Do's and Don’ts of Using An Inset Electric Fireplace

Do's and Don’ts of Using An Inset Electric Fireplace

There are different types of electric fireplaces. If you want to save space in your house, inset electric fires are a great choice. They offer more versatility to your living space.

Inset fireplaces are extremely common for most households. They are quite similar to contemporary wall-mounted electric fires. But, the installation process is quite different.

If you plan to buy an inset fire, you should know some of the dos and don’ts when using it.

The Do's of Using an Inset Electric Fire


1. Use It in a Small Space

Inset electric fireplaces don’t produce the same heat as traditional fireplaces. A 1000-watt unit can efficiently heat a 100 square-foot area. A 1,500-watt inset fire can heat a 150 square-foot area.

You can use an inset fire in a bigger area only if it’s working as a supplemental heater. If it needs to heat a bigger area alone, it’s not going to work.

2. Plug It in a Standard Home Outlet

Before you decide to put an inset fireplace in your room, make sure that you have a standard outlet. This is the basic requirement for an electric fireplace since you can’t plug them in an extension cord. So why can’t you use an extension cord for your fireplace?

  • A typical extension cord is too small for the electricity that an electric fire requires. Even if you are only using a 1000-watt vertical electric fire, the extension cord can’t handle the power that it needs.
  • The length of the cord adds to the resistance as well. It means that the power needed by the electric fire will have to travel on the length of the cord. The electric fires draw high currents, which can burn the extension cord and cause a fire.
  • The probability of someone stumbling over the cord is also high with an extension cord.

3. Try a Direct Wire Installation

Direct wire installation is one of the best ways to install your inset fire. You hardwire the unit directly on your home’s electrical system. What benefits can you get by hardwiring your unit?

  • Hardwire units offer a cleaner look since all of the wires are hidden in the wall.
  • You can prevent loose connections.
  • You won’t have to worry about stumbling over the cord.
  • Prevents kids and pets from accidentally unplugging the electric fireplace.

However, before you hardwire your inset electric stove or fire, check the installation guide from the manufacturer. Some models may or may not be hardwired to your electrical system. It is better to check if the fireplace can be hardwired.

You can handle the installation yourself. But, you should hire a licensed electrician since the wirings should be handled by a professional.

4. Keep the Fireplace Unplugged When Not in Use

The most important thing to do is to always keep your fireplace unplugged when you’re not using it. Plugged appliances still use energy so if you want to keep your electricity bill at the minimum, unplug it. It would also help prevent damage to your fireplace in case of a power surge.

The Don’ts of Using an Inset Electric Fire

1. Don’t Leave the Heater Unattended while Turned On

Inset fires, electric stove fires freestanding, and the other types of fireplaces are safe to use. But, for additional safety, you should never leave it unattended.

If you have to go out for a couple of hours and no one will stay behind, turn it off. If your unit has a timer, make sure that you only leave it turned on for a couple of minutes.

A lot of accidents can happen by leaving a home appliance turned on unattended.

2. Don’t Disregard the Instruction Manual

If you bought a new inset fireplace, you have to check the instruction manual carefully. Manufacturers have special instructions on how to properly use their products.

By reading the instruction manual, you’ll learn how to safely use the fireplace and maximize its capabilities. All the info you need on the fireplace is already in the manual.

3. Never Modify your Inset Fire

You should never modify your inset fire and use accessories that are not recommended. If you want to make your inset fire look more elegant, you should make the modifications to the wall.

You can customize a TV rack with a slot for your inset fire below. It’s not dangerous since the heat from an inset comes out on the front.

If you plan to buy accessories, make sure that you check in with the manufacturer or read the instructions manual.

4. Don’t Keep Flammable Objects Near the Fireplace

Before the installation, you need to check the area if it is close to flammable objects. It is better to keep the inset fire away from the windows. A small gust of wind toward the inset fire can turn the heat to the curtains. Here are a few tips on where to install an inset fire:

  • Furniture, bedding, pillows, and other flammable furniture should be kept at a safe distance. They should be at least three feet away from the electric fire.
  • If you’ve chosen a good location, but it doesn’t have a standard outlet, call a technician. The professional can either hardwire the inset fire or install a standard outlet.
  • The area should not have load-bearing walls. Creating a hole or recess on a load-bearing wall can damage the foundation and cause more problems.


While freestanding fireplaces are the simplest option, installing and using an inset electric fireplace is not too complicated. Just like led electric fires wall-mounted, you just need to keep it away from flammable objects and you’re good to go.

It is perfectly safe to use an inset fireplace, but it won’t hurt to be extra careful. You can increase your protection against fire and other accidents while improving the service life of your electric fire.

Check out our guide on how to install an inset electric fireplace in your home or replace the one you are currently using.

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