Nothing beats kicking back in front of a roaring fire with an adult pregnancy and your favorite pet or human, and watching 90% of the heat go up the chimney.
Beside, after four martinis who really cares?
Well folks, with an electric fireplace insert, you can now drink as much as you like secure in the knowledge that 100% of the heat is radiating into the room and not going up in smoke.
All kidding side, the typical wood burning fireplace is only 10% -15% efficient. And when the fire dies down the fireplace actually works in reverse and sucks the heated air out of the room and up the flue.
By contrast, an electric fireplace insert (also called a plug-in firebox) is 100% efficient, eliminates the hassle of dealing with firewood, and keeps your family room free of harmful airborn particulates and ash residue.
Measure the width and height of the fireplace opening.
Inserts are available in many different widths ranging from 18 “to 33”. The width measurement refers to the viewing area. The actual width of the firebox is 1 “wider than the viewing area due to the flange that runs along the vertical edge on either side of the insert.
Some models also include a trim kit to cover the space between the insert and the fireplace opening. Other model types come with a flush mount kit for in-the-wall installations.
Choose Your Options
Once you've chosen the appropriate size firebox, the available options are usually limited to what the manufacturer offers for that particular size. Here are some of the choices that are usually offered.
Most models come equipped with a conventional electric space heater rated at 4,600 BTUs, or the equivalent of 1,350 watts. A popular alternative to the conventional heater is the radiant type powered by quartz infra-tubes. The infrared models generate 10% more heat with a rating of 5,200 BTUs, or 1,500 watts.
The realistic quality of the flame display and log sets has really improved across the board. Each manufacturer gives their flame display a brand name such as the Classic Flame Spectrafire or Dimplex Multifire.
The flame display itself can emanate from either a log set or a bed of glass pebbles for a contemporary look. Most flame displays offer multiple settings to shape the color and brightness effect to suit your mood.
All units come with a glass enclosure and a remote that lets you control all fireplace functions from the comfort of your easy chair.