If you are looking to make an electric fireplace a permanent fixture in an existing fireplace or wall, a built-in unit is the perfect choice for your project. Built-in fireplaces allow you to create a seamless and flush appearance with the option of hardwiring the unit into your home or building’s electric grid for additional benefits. These easy-to-use, no mess and cost efficient units can be installed by a certified electrician, but are also easy enough for owner installations if you consider yourself a handy person.
Do I Need A Built-In Electric Fireplace?
Built-In fireplaces are generally installed directly into a wall or existing fireplace in both new construction and remodel scenarios. These units are ventless which means they can be installed virtually anywhere and on any wall within your home. Many built-ins also feature zero clearance installations which allow them to be installed flush to drywall, tile, wood or other surfaces. Additionally, these electric fireplaces can be enjoyed year round as the flame and heater function independently from one another.
Hard-Wire or Plug Kit?
With most built-in electric fireplaces you have the option of either hard-wired or plug kit installations.
Integrating an electric fireplace directly into your home’s electrical grid removes the need for running a cord to a wall outlet and creates a more seamless appearance for your finished product. These units are dual voltage so they can be wired to a standard 120V circuit or even a 240V circuit. You’ll receive supplemental heat for up to 400 Sq. Ft with the 120V and double that, or 800 Sq. Ft., with the 240V.
For those who want a built-in electric fireplace, but are not comfortable hard-wiring the unit, a plug kit allows the fireplace to be directly plugged into a standard wall outlet. Plug kits simply wire into the exposed wires of the firebox. Using a plug kit, the fireplace will heat 400 Sq. Ft. areas. It should be noted that not all built-in units are designed to be integrated with a plug kit. Please reference the installation guide of your unit for additional information.
Traditional or Contemporary Designs
Depending on the desired look you want for your room, you can choose between traditional log set fireboxes or modern crystal ember bed fireboxes.
Log sets are molded from life-like casts of real burnt pieces of wood. Most feature inner lit logs for added realism as well as pulsating ember beds. Some traditional log set built-in units also feature decorative door options for unique visual upgrades to the fireplace.
Crystal Ember Beds
More contemporary in style, these units feature crushed glass or acrylic crystal ember beds. This unique option produces a stunning visual display as the flame effects reflect off each piece creating a whimsical charm. You can also swap these crystals with river rock, stones or colored glass which can be found at most craft stores to create an entirely different look.
Available Accessories to Consider
Put comfort and ease at your fingertips with a wall mount control panel. Set the desired temperature and adjust flame effects (depending on type of unit) all with the press of a button or turn of a dial. Not all built-in units are compatible with this accessory, so be sure to verify while you are shopping for your insert.
As mentioned earlier, a plug-kit easily converts a built-in firebox into a plug-in installation. Simply join the exposed wire ends of the fireplace to the exposed wire ends of the plug-kit, and then plug into a standard wall outlet. Note that a wall control/thermostat cannot be used with a plug kit installation.
Dimplex 39-Inch Purifire Deluxe Built-in Electric Fireplace - BF39DXP
"Great fireplace that I've installed on a few jobs. It is my "go to" electric fireplace."
- jlazaro317 from IN
Dimplex 33" Built-In Electric Fireplace - BF33DXP
"I love this fireplace! It's a perfect blend and looks so real! I was skeptical about the electric fireplace not looking like a real fire but once set up and installed, it's awesome. The flick of a switch easy use, plus fan blower for heat is the most convenient feature. I am very impressed with the frame and beautiful glass doors. The logs look like the real thing and when the fire is turned on, the look replaces my old propane fireplace with beauty and elegance."
- Lea from NL
Dimplex Synergy 50-Inch Electric Fireplace - BLF50
"We mounted the fireplace in our Master bedroom. The in wall flush mount option was perfectly designed for easy wall installation. The wall cut out directions were accurate and fairly simple to accomplish. The unit was a great addition to our bedroom and well worth the higher cost than the other less expensive, wall hanging units (requiring ventilation / could not be flush wall mounted) that did not have as realistic a flame."
- Dave from VA
Good/Better/Best - Built-In Electric Fireplaces Comparison Guide
Making the decision to add an electric fireplace to a permanent location in your home can seem like a big one. But it truly is a relatively easy installation with a remarkable and stunning finished product result. You’ll love the added ambience and supplemental heat created by these stunning fireplace inserts. If you’d like even more information, please watch the video below or, view all of our electric fireplace videos »