Types of Electric Fire

An electric fireplace is an electric heater that mimics a fireplace burning coal, wood, or natural gas. Electric fires are often placed in conventional fireplaces, which can then no longer be used for conventional fires. They plug into the wall, and can run on a ‘flame only’ setting, or can be used as a heater.  They have been around for about 100 years, and became very popular in the 1950s.  Techniques for electrical ‘flame effects’ have been around since at least 1981.


Advantages and Disadvantages of Electric Fires

Previously, electric fires may well have been the only option for room heating where gas is either not available or not installed.  Wood Burning Stoves and Biomass Heaters now present a viable alternative in such situations.

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Do not require chimneys
  • Are often portable
  • Do not require remodeling to install
  • Are economical, convenient and safe to use
  • Do not require the maintenance needed for wood burning or gas fireplaces
  • Cannot be exposed to weather
  • Are often considered to be less efficient because of the inefficiency in generating electricity
  • Cost more to buy than typical electric heaters
  • Are not as realistic as real flames, even in gas fireplaces

Product Availability

Electric Fires are available throughout the year, usually the lead time is 3 to 7 days.

Price Ranges

A typical inset electric fire to suit an existing fireplace with a 16″ x “22” opening can cost as little as £300 to £700 (including VAT).  An insert electric fire including all relative building work will range from £800 to £2,000 (including VAT) and ‘Hang on the Wall’ style, which are more popular in modern properties and can look like insert fires, will range from £300 to £1,500 (including VAT).

You should note that all price quotations will be subject to site survey, as in particular there may be variations arising as a result of flue condition or specific installation requirements.