Are electric fireplace remotes universal?

The majority of electric fireplaces will come with a remote control. Remote controls work on a radio frequency, similar to your garage door opener. Remote controls send a signal to a receiving unit on the fireplace to turn it on and off, adjust lighting effects and turn the heat function on and off. Thermostatic remotes can also turn the fireplace on and off, depending on the temperature in the room.

Remote controls for fireplaces are often product or model specific. Brand A comes with the fireplace and Brand X may not be compatible. Fireplace manufacturers will either include a remote with the unit or recommend a specific brand of remote. Some remotes are interchangeable with fireplaces, some are not. It’s always best to discuss remote control options with your WE LOVE FIRE® expert.

Below is a list of fireplace and grill stores that service Virginia (VA)

Manassas, VA

Winston's Chimney Service
11301 Industrial Road
Manassas, VA 20109

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Mechanicsville, VA

Hearth & Home Shoppe
8151 Mechanicsville Tpk
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

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Roanoke, VA

Dixie Building Products Inc.
3342 Melrose Ave NW
Roanoke, VA 24017

Warrenton, VA

Costello's Warrenton Fireplace & Hot Tub
251 West Lee Hwy
Warrenton, VA 20186


For more information, contact your local fireplace and grill store..

6 Responses

  1. Holly
    I am trying to find a fireplace remote model RC1008A. Can you advise if these are extinct? I have searched and cannot find a replacement as mines stopped working. It only shows the temperature on it but will not power on or off the fireplace. Thank you!
    • Joseph Bodden
      Holly: What is the age of your fireplace? Many remotes for electric fireplaces are specific to the individual fireplace model. The first thing we would suggest is checking the owner's manual. Most will have a troubleshooting section. See if anything here will correct your problem. Make certain the fireplace is plugged in and there are fresh batteries in the remote. If this doesn't fix your issue, make note of the fireplace brand and model and call your WeLoveFire dealer. They should be able to assist you or, if it's not a brand they carry, at least get you pointed in the right direction.
  2. Jim
    I have a FEBO (HK) International 19IN-36-137 fireplace that the remote has all but fallen apart. I am looking for a replacement. The company seems to have gone under and I cannot find anything on that particular model. Can you advise which remote would work the fireplace? Thanks.
    • Joseph Bodden
      Jim: thank you for reaching out. Not being familiar with your fireplace or knowing its age, out best advice is to contact your nearest WeLoveFire dealer. They should be able to advise you on what options you have available or if a generic replacement could be used. Thanks for spending time on our website. Please tell your family and friends about us!
  3. Tony wilson
    I purchased a 4099 real flame firebox in about 2015 and lost the remote. Suggestions?
    • Joseph Bodden
      Tony: Sorry to hear of your misfortune, but thanks for contacting WeLoveFire.com. Real Flame is a brand I am not familiar with. So, the best suggestion I would have is to contact their Customer Service Department at (800) 654-1704. All the best to you and I hope this helps!

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