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NFT: Anyone have an electric fireplace?

DC Gmen Fan : 8/5/2022 12:05 pm
Bought a house and found out the chimney flue tiles have cracks in them rendering it unusable unless we fork up the money for a chimney liner. We also would like to put a tv above the fireplace but I understand that is not a good idea with a wood burning fireplace.

One option is to put in an electric fireplace insert. Has anyone done this and is it worth it? Ideally I would prefer the wood burning but between the cost of the liner and our desire to put a tv above we're thinking electric might be the way to go. (We don't have gas here)

Talk me into/out of it.

Thanks
I have  
theking : 8/5/2022 12:13 pm : link
A Dimplex Ignite XL … awesome fireplace. Looks great and not too expensive.
I have one  
Svengali : 8/5/2022 12:15 pm : link
Works great and I love it. You should make sure it’s wired to its own circuit and not just spliced in though. They take up some surge.
You can get a wood stove insert  
antdog24 : 8/5/2022 12:37 pm : link
and then have them run the flu pipe all the way up the chimney and have it exit out the top with a flu cap. This way you can still have a wood burning type fireplace and still hang the TV as the pipe wont' heat the chimney the way a fire would.
RE: You can get a wood stove insert  
UConn4523 : 8/5/2022 12:47 pm : link
In comment 15772505 antdog24 said:
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and then have them run the flu pipe all the way up the chimney and have it exit out the top with a flu cap. This way you can still have a wood burning type fireplace and still hang the TV as the pipe wont' heat the chimney the way a fire would.


x2, you still get to burn wood and don't have to repair your chimney. Check models though, most are enclosed meaning it won't be an open air fire like your typical fireplace. That may/may not be for you. The good news is you can supplement your head if you get one with a blower. My parents have on on theirs and it generates a ton of heat for the house - they leave their HVAC blower on to circulate. Wont do your whole house (depending on layout) but the room its in and above will definitely get warm.
One option if your preference is wood burning  
bigblue1124 : 8/5/2022 12:49 pm : link
Would be an offset wood burning fireplace, I think? I believe they use their own flue that could be run through your current chimney you may need to extend the current hearth depending on current size.
I don’t have one personally but always thought they were very effective and a bonus no power or gas in the winter you can cook on the top of the unit.
Either way you go electric, fireplace insert, or offset it’s going to cost a good bit of money IMO.
Putting one in my new house  
PatersonPlank : 8/5/2022 12:49 pm : link
I like the fact I can have a fire but not the heat, good for summer. I also like I can change the colors of the flame/wood/background. I can make it Red and Blue when watching Giants games!
DC  
bradshaw44 : 8/5/2022 1:37 pm : link
Did you end up staying in Gaithersburg or did you move somewhere else?
Worth it  
Jimmy the Saint : 8/5/2022 2:37 pm : link
One my list of must haves when house shopping was a fireplace. Always wanted a wood burning one. Finally found one that checked off all other boxes but had a converted gas insert.

After moving in I did a 180. The wood burning would have been a pain in the ass, messy and less safe with the kids around.

The insert has been fantastic. it looks the part (except for the glass infront), adds a nice element to the room and you just turn it on and off with a remote. Also it has a smart feature so I can set it at a thermostat and it will kick on and off to meet the temp in the room. This is key because that room is on a slab with large windows and vaulted ceiling so the room gets cold in the winter.

Was completely against it and disappointed until I actually started using it and love it now.
RE: DC  
DC Gmen Fan : 8/5/2022 3:05 pm : link
In comment 15772538 bradshaw44 said:
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Did you end up staying in Gaithersburg or did you move somewhere else?


About 10 minutes up the road. We still need to meet up for a game this fall!
Another option  
VTChuck : 8/5/2022 3:53 pm : link
Is a propane or N.G. conversion. Could use the flue (with a liner) or direct vent if on an outside wall. Real flame and remote control convenience
If you have an electric fireplace  
Bill in UT : 8/5/2022 4:18 pm : link
do you have to chop up electric poles?
Dont do it  
upnyg : 8/5/2022 5:43 pm : link
Ive had electric (free standing) and gas and wood all in the same house. Last year with fuel costs going up, I pulled the gas insert out, had a liner dropped in and a wood insert.

So far so good...real fire, cheap heat $65-75 a face cord. My heating bill dropped dramatcially.

Plus electric craps out after a few years.

Good luck!
Move somewhere warmer  
Snablats : 8/5/2022 11:15 pm : link
where you dont need a fireplace
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