Can I use an electric fireplace as an insert for my old wood-burning fireplace?

Absolutely!  There are many cases where an electric fireplace makes great sense to use as an insert in a wood burning fireplace.  Because electrics come in many shapes and sizes, there will likely be a model that will suit your needs.  All that’s necessary is to install a 120 volt electric line into the existing wood fireplace.  By doing this, you won’t see a power cord on the hearth.  The other thing to consider is how to finish off around the electric unit.  Many use a surround panel to eliminate the space from the existing wood fireplace, on the top and both sides of the electric model.

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

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

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  1. We just bought a 50 year old home in north central FL. It has a wood buring fireplace. During the home inspection it was noted the chimney was dirty and I should have it inspected and cleaned by a chimney sweep. They came and it was dirty, so they completed a level 2 cleaning (not sure what that means). The are saying my lining needs to be replaced, if I want to continue to burn wood. It has a 40" opening and brick lining. I am thinking of putting in an electric insert and calling it a day. Of course, my husband wants to burn wood. I want to change the mantle and all of the exterior visual components because they are outdated. We really wanted it to be open to the other side also, since it is the dining room and it would be a beautiful focal point. The chimney sweep guy was telling me it could cost $10,000 to $60,000 to make this work, depending on wood, gas or electric. What are your thoughts? I can send you photos, if you like. Thanks for any input. Maria Brandvold 305-699-7451

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