Tips For Installing Fireplace Inserts For Your Home

The good news is that installing an electric fireplace insert is typically rather simple. You won’t need a lot of tools, and it won’t last all day. This installation guide will stroll you through the most typical equipment and the procedures you’ll need.


  • Check out our evaluations of today’s best sellers if you’re looking for an electric fireplace insert.
  • If you’re not sure where to begin, read our buying guide to discover everything there is to know about electric fireplace inserts.

Take Good Measurements For Installing

Almost every time someone has a problem installing an electric fireplace because the size of their existing fireplace and the insertion they bought do not match. So, before you give an order, double check your measurements to see if the insert you choose will fit your fireplace properly. Calculate the width, depth, and height of the old fireplace aperture with a tape measure. Compare the measurements to the dimensions supplied by the vendor for the insert. It is worth noting that most of the fireplaces become narrower as you return home. So, before the fireplace tapers too much. Make sure there is enough depth for the insert to fit at the rear.

The dimensions of the fireplace and the proportions of the insert do not have to be a perfect fit. It’s fine if the fireplace insert is somewhat smaller than the old one. You can still place it in the insert and make it look nice. If necessary, you may conceal the space with a frame from Magikflame. You may also use a little larger insert as long as the size issue is with the trim rather than the firebox. It’s time to get to work once you’ve purchased your fireplace insert. Please keep in mind that the guidelines below are broad in nature. Consult your owner’s handbook for specific instructions on how to install an electric fireplace from that manufacturer.

I. Remove the existing installation and thoroughly clean the fireplace.

Remove any installations, such as fireplace doors, grates, blowers, or screens, with care. If there is an electrical outlet. You may need it. An electric fireplace insert for an existing fireplace does not require the use of traditional fireplace accessories such as a fan. So clear everything and make sure the fireplace is completely clear to verify the insert fits. Now that you are gone, clean all the debris in the chimney.  If your fireplace is filthy, you may need to do a more comprehensive cleaning procedure.

II. Check to see if your fireplace is watertight.

If your chimney lacks a rain cover or periodically lets in rainwater, you should repair it before installing an electric fireplace. Even a little amount of water seepage can cause damage to your electric insert and constitute a fire danger. Hire a professional to put a rain cap, also known as a chimney top plate, on your chimney to ensure no water gets through.

III. Close the damper

The damper is used to close and open the fireplace entrance into the chimney. It is required when using a wood or gas fireplace but has no function when using an electric fireplace insert. In fact, it can waste energy by letting cold air in and leaving heat in the fireplace. There are several methods of sealing the shock absorber. You may use an inflatable cushion, plywood, and foam pipe insulation, or a specialist fireplace sealant.

IV. Power source /outlet

Before you install your insert, you’ll need to select where you’ll get your electricity. Most electric log inserts are powered by conventional household electricity, and you can just plug them in. If you don’t want a wire slithering out of your fireplace, you’ll need to hire an electrician to install a properly-grounded electrical outlet on the interior. Make certain that the outlet is installed low on the wall, not as high as the heating unit.

V. Install the insert

All that remains is sliding in the firebox or log insert into your fireplace and installing the trim (if needed).

VI. Turn it on and put it through its paces.

Connect your new fireplace insert and discover all its features and functions. Check that it creates a good bright flame and that the charcoal bed is functioning properly. Also, check the remote control. If you encounter any issues, see the troubleshooting section in your product handbook.

VII. Attach the trim

Simply follow the directions in your handbook to install your trim, since different manufacturers will differ in how they are set up. To conceal gaps on the sides, almost all fireboxes have a separate trump device. If the accompanying trim is insufficient, you may create your own out of plywood or sheet metal. If you have a huge gap at the top, you may lay a block beneath the fireplace unit to rest on. The last thing is to secure the trim.

The frame is available in a variety of materials and finishes. Some fireplace inserts are available with a variety of frame finish options. Most only have one choice of finishes. Most have only one trim choice. You may also create bespoke trim out of a number of materials.