How To Convert Wood Burning Fireplace To Electric: A Guide

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Are you a homeowner that owns a traditional gas or wood fireplace and are willing to make the transition to a more energy efficient option? Let this guide help you quickly change out your previous fireplace so that you may receive the multitude of benefits of owning an electric fireplace.

Why Should You Convert Wood Burning Fireplace to Electric?

While there is a myriad of benefits of having a fireplace, they require a lot of maintenance for it to work properly. For example, wooden fireplaces have to be frequently cleaned to prevent ash build up. They also contain a lot of smoke which promotes air pollution.


There are some other things you have to consider when using a wood fireplace:

  • The smoke might trigger asthma symptoms
  • Chimney and flue maintenance is expensive and messy
  • Wood must be kept dry and covered


Even gas fireplaces can be a hassle to maintain. The pilot lights must constantly be relit and checked. In addition, proper venting and gas leaks can become a major concern. Also, gas fireplaces are the most expensive option, overproduce heat in limited areas, and and uneven heat distribution.

Because of these reasons, you should consider converting your wood fireplace to electric as it offers a myriad of benefits. We’ll highlight the advantages you’ll receive when doing so and how to convert your current fireplace into an electric model.

So let’s get started!

Why People Are Switching to Electric Fireplaces?

If you want a cost effective, low maintenance fire place, you should look into an electric model. While the electricity rates might change depending on where you live, electric fireplaces are a relatively cheap option.

On average, gas fireplaces cost about 17 cents to 24 cents an hour to operate. But electric fireplaces are more cost efficient as they cost only 8-12 cents an hour to run. These models tend to have realistic flames making them a great investment for the homeowner that wants a inexpensive yet aesthetic experience.

Most homeowners have came to the realization that electric fireplaces pay for themselves. It helps protect the environment, while having aesthetic realistic flames while providing an adequate amount of heat to keep you warm.

Electric fireplaces are becoming a popular choice amongst new homeowners. Not only are the the most inexpensive in cost, but they are high in efficiency and have a lot of practicality as well. Thus, making them a good choice if you want a reliable and comfortable heating experience.



How to Convert Wood Fireplace to Electric

First time homeowners tend to ask “How much does it cost to convert a wood burning fireplace to an electric one?”. It depends on how intricate you want the final result to be and the maximum budget you have for this project.

If you currently own a gas or wood fireplace, then you’ll be able to easily convert it to an electric one. While you can switch out a wood fireplace in a few hours, gas fireplaces might require some professional assistance in order to work properly. If you feel confident, then make sure you remove the gas line before starting to replace it.

To start, you’ll need a electric fireplace to act as a heat source. They come in a myriad of different styles, but no matter which one you choose, it will have a square metal box shape and fit within your current fireplace.

We suggest that you measure the space before making a purchase. Also, you’ll want to have a three prong outlet in order to supply power to your new electric fireplace. Doing this ensures that it will work properly and won’t fail once in use.

These are the steps we recommend that you follow in order to build a proper electric fireplace. Doing these will allow you to enjoy a relaxing fireplace that’s also safe to the environment and your family.


Step 1: Set Up The Electric Fireplace

Install the fireplace into an empty hearth area. Then, place the new fireplace on a durable piece of cardboard and then slide it towards the rear section of the previous fireplace. Make sure that it stays centered so that the fire can spread out evenly.


Step 2: Install Flue Liner

To replace a wooden fireplace, you’ll have to get a flue liner and slide it down the chimney in order to remove the damper. Place your flute liner in a position where the collar adapter is located on top of the fireplace insert.

Use screws in order to attach the collar adapter to the flue liner. If there is any excess flue, remove it with the cutters or scissors.


Step 3: Use Chalk Markers

Take some white chalk and then create lines on the sides and top of the fireplace insert. The lines have to be parallel to the front and sides of the fireplace.


Step 4: Adjust the Parallels

Place the electric fireplace on the pre-drilled holes so that its present on the sides and the top. Tighten the exetender panel towards the electric insert. Cover the chalk with your panel and fasten all the screws. Repeat this method when attaching two side panels to ensure that it stays in place.


Step 5: Add Chaulk

Grab some chimney chaulk and then apply it on the joints and in between the three side panels and the insert. Place the chaulk on each seam between the side panels and the top as well.


Step 6: Add Insulation

On the back of the panel, add some insulation strips. Place the new electric fireplace back in the hearth area’s center so that the extender panels don’t touch the wall.



Installing a new electric fireplace is easy. Now you can enjoy the warmth of a traditional fireplace without the heat causing a disturbance to you and your family. Unlike a gas fireplace or a wooden fireplace, electric fireplaces have more usage and take up less energy.


Your electric fireplace is more durable than a gas fireplace and the flames will have an authentic fire feel without the extra hassles and dangers of the real thing. Because of this, you’ll be able to enjoy your electric fireplace more as it has more longevity and can be used to increase the value of your home.

Do you have any questions about converting wood fireplace to electric?

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