What are the electrical requirements for an electric fireplace?

Depending on the model, electric fireplaces will operate on either 120 volts or 240 volts or electricity.  Most common is 120 volts and they plug into a standard wall outlet.  Although some codes may not require it, most dealers and electricians will recommend installing a designated circuit from your electrical distribution panel.  A 240 volt requirement will definitely need a separate line from your circuit breaker panel.  Always check local codes and the owner’s manual for your specific 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

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..

2 Responses

  1. dennis pearson
    Hi I am interested in purchasing an electric fireplace insert that will heat a room that is over 1000 sq.ft. since I live in vt. I assume I will need a Wattage greater than the standard 1500 watts most units are made with. What companies/units offer the higher wattage option and can I get this in a size that will fit my fireplace opening of 29"width in front, 19 3/4" width in back, 18"deep, and 24" high. ( all maximum dimensions) I would appreciate any information you can give. Thank you
    • Dominique Page
      Hello! Sorry for the delay responding. Some electric fireplaces are on 240v and will somewhat produce closer to 3000 WATTs. The one we like the most is the Napoleon Element Series. https://www.napoleon.com/en/ca/fireplaces/products/electric-fireplaces/element-series Napoleon is a great family owned company. The people behind the products are simply outstanding! Dominique

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