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Why have electric fireplaces become so popular?

There are lots of reasons for this, many of them mentioned above.  The ease and versatility of installation probably tops the list.  Because there is no venting required, electrics can go anywhere in your home.  Electric fireplaces can be mounted on, or recessed into a wall.  How about one in the bathroom or bedroom?  Maybe…
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What kind of maintenance does an electric fireplace require?

Compared to wood, pellet or gas fireplaces, electrics do not require much maintenance at all.  An occasional bulb may need to be replaced.  Odds are that your dealer will have these on hand.  And, the glass may need to be cleaned occasionally.  A standard glass cleaner will do the trick.
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How do I turn my electric fireplace on/off?

Most will have an easy to use remote control.  The remote will activate the flame speed and colors, turn the heat on or off, adjust the intensity of the light effects and regulate the speed of the fan.  Additionally, most models will have conveniently located manual controls located on the unit, too.
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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…
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How much does it cost to operate an electric fireplace?

This depends on your electric rates, which can vary quite a bit from region to region.  So, check your electric bill to get a sense of how much you are paying per kilowatt/hour (KWH), of your electricity.  The following chart can give you an idea of the operating costs of an electric fireplace.  In this…
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How do I vent an electric fireplace?

Unlike a gas vent pipe or a stainless steel chimney for a wood burning appliance, there are no venting requirements for an electric fireplace.  Since there is no fuel being burned and no smoke or by-products form the combustion process, there is nothing to vent outside.  This is exactly why an electric fireplace can be…
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What are by-products of combustion?

Whenever something is burned, there are ‘leftovers” from the process.  It really doesn’t matter what is burned, wood, natural or LP gas, fuel oil, kerosene or coal.  These leftovers, or by-products include:  water vapor, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and other particulate matter.  Indoor air quality will be affected.  It can be…
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Can I close my damper a little so I lose less heat up my chimney?

This is a question that comes up periodically.  And, the answer is always the same:  NO!  Never do this.  The damper to your fireplace must be completely open when there is a fire burning.  If you close the damper, even slightly, you are running the risk of allowing smoke and other dangerous contaminants from the…
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What can I burn in my wood burning stove?

It’s called a “wood” burning stove for a reason!  The only thing to burn in your stove is: wood!  Yes, use a few wads of newspaper to get kindling going from a cold start, but never burn the following in your wood stove: pressure treated lumber particleboard plywood or chipboard wood with nails or screws…
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What is a connector pipe?

This is the black pipe that “connects” a wood stove to the chimney system.  It’s often called stove pipe or black pipe.  Connector pipe can be the standard single wall black pipe that many are familiar with.  Or, it can be a double wall, close clearance pipe.  Your stove requires specific clearances to combustibles.  Oftentimes,…
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How is wood-burning equipment sized?

The literature on wood-burning fireplaces, stoves and inserts will provide lots of information.  Included with these details will be the size of the firebox.  The size of the firebox in wood-burning equipment is expressed in “cubic feet”.  The larger the number, the bigger the firebox.  And a larger firebox means longer burn times and more…
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How often should I clean the chimney for my fireplace, stove or insert?

That depends on the quality of the wood you’re burning.  Aiming for a moisture content of <25% will significantly reduce the amount of creosote that builds up in your chimney.  Ensuring that your stove, insert or fireplace is well maintained will help too.  The standard of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that all…
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Can I install a wood burning stove in my mobile home?

Yes, you can, provided certain conditions are met.  The first thing to do, is to make sure the stove has been tested and approved by HUD (Housing & Urban Development) to be installed into a mobile or manufactured home.  Other items include: 1) An outside air kit must be installed.  2) The stove most be…
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How do I protect the floor around my wood burning stove?

Adequate floor protection, or an approved hearth pad, is critical to a safe wood burning stove installation.  You must protect a combustible floor with a non-combustible material.  This floor protection must extend beyond the front, back, and both sides of the stove.  Hearths pads (floor protection) are designed for ember protection or thermal protection.  Ember…
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What is a moisture meter?

It’s a small device about twice the size of a deck of playing cards.  There are two probes or pins on one end of the meter that penetrate the wood to check the moisture content.  If you’re a wood burner, you know the importance of burning dry wood.  How dry is dry?  Wood with a…
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How hot does the glass get on an electric fireplace?

Unlike the glass on a wood burning fireplace or a gas model, the glass on an electric fireplace will not get hot.  Even with the heat on, the glass will stay relatively cool to the touch and should not cause any safety concerns.  Since there’s no actual fire in the firebox, if the heat is…
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Does the heating element always have to be on?

No, it does not.  This is one of the appeals of an electric fireplace.  If you want a bit of heat, turn the heat on.  If you want just the effects afforded by an electric fireplace, without any heat, just leave the heat off.  This will allow you to enjoy that special feeling and atmosphere…
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Will an electric fireplace heat my room?

There are many variables that affect how much space an electric fireplace will heat.  Generally speaking, an electric fireplace can comfortably heat most rooms up to 250 – 300 square feet.  However, lots of variables can affect the amount of heat needed to stay comfortable:  the age of the house, type of construction, the condition…
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How do I properly vent my pellet stove?

You have a few options for venting a pellet stove. Pellet stoves require type “L” vent pipe.  Most will have a 4” vent pipe requirement.  L-vent uses an air space between a stainless steel inner pipe and a galvanized outer pipe.  Since the exhaust on pellet equipment is pressurized, all joints between pipe components must…
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How do I vent my pellet insert?

Pellet inserts must be vented vertically through the existing fireplace chimney. The existing chimney is used as a conduit for a 4” stainless steel liner.  This liner is connected to the top of the insert, installed up the chimney and terminated with a special adapter and termination cap on top. Note that many pellet inserts…
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How do I know how much space my pellet stove will heat?

It’s all about the BTU’s! The more BTU’s, the more heat you’ll enjoy.  And, this is easily controlled by how fast the pellets are burned.  The faster the burn rate, the more BTU’s are produced.  The more fuel you’re using, the more heat you’re getting.  Your pellet stove or insert will have a range of…
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Pellet stoves vs. wood burning stoves . . . . which is better?

This answer depends on several factors, such as: 1) your lifestyle, 2) quick and easy access to a wood supply, 3) the amount of time you can devote to cutting, splitting, hauling and stacking wood, 4) installation details, 5) cost, and other considerations. Let’s talk about cost first.  A pellet stove vs. a wood stove…
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