Nov 24

Convert to an Electric Fireplace

Wood and gas fireplaces have been common fixtures in houses for decades. They were easy to use and offered a great source of heat; while establishing a warm and cozy atmosphere in any room. However there are many drawbacks to these types of fireplaces and those drawbacks are the many reasons why electric fireplaces were created.

Wood fireplaces require a lot of tender care, a constant supply of logs needs to be cut and brought in, the ash needs to be removed frequently and there are costs associated with yearly cleaning and maintenance. Gas fireplaces can be
dangerous due to the potential of leaks and they can be more expensive as the use of gas can increase your monthly bills. Then there is the electric fireplace, which is easy to install, safe, clean and a flick of a switch gives you instant ambiance and heat.

If you have a wood or gas fireplace currently in your home, it’s fairly simple to convert your fireplace to a more cost effective solution. All you really need to do is clean up your current fireplace, open a box, and plug in your new electric fireplace insert. There are numerous options available which offer heat and flame independently; allowing you to use the fireplace year round. The electric fireplace is a much more efficient and safer solution, as it requires no ventilation ensuring that 100% of the heat source is used.

The various sizes, colours and options available make switching from a gas or wood fireplace not only a safer choice but an easy one.


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I am the Director of New Business Development, responsible for the on-line initiatives for Dimplex North America.

Comments (12)

  • Judy Konos on November 25th, 2011 at 12:25pm

    I want to rid our home of a gas fireplace as frankly I am afraid of it and I want to put a Dimplex that I love in the insert once the gas has gone to good riddance. I would like to ask you whom I should contact to do this.

    My husband and I plan on going to the local gas company and speaking with a representative there in an effort to get rid of the gas. Please advise. I do not have a website, we are in our 70′s and will appreciate your good opinion. Thank you in advance.

    • chad on November 25th, 2011 at 1:57pm

      Hello Judy,

      Thanks for contacting us – first you should find a dealer in your area. Click this link – Enter your zip code to find a number of dealers close to your home. I would suggest that you call the dealer before you visit them to see what type of products they have in stock. Once you have selected a dealer or dealers they can take care of your conversion needs. They can also get you in contact with an installer as well. Hope this helps!

  • Pete Carner on November 28th, 2011 at 5:51pm

    I have a DF3033ST installed in our bedroom existing fireplace. The remote will turn on the flame, but no longer does the temperature desired show on the remote as it did a month ago. We had the unit installed last year and it had been great until the heater fan quit coming on and the temperature desired disappeared from the remote. Any suggestions?

    • chad on November 28th, 2011 at 7:11pm

      Hello Pete,

      Could you please fill out the customer service form to get more support. A technical representative will contact you once you make the initial request.

      Thank you

  • Lawrence Dunn on November 28th, 2011 at 7:33pm

    have a desa international corner gas fire log sei approx. 35 by 32 inches can i switch over to one of your electric fire places if so which one

    • chad on November 29th, 2011 at 1:40pm

      Hello Lawrence,

      I am confident that you can find a Dimplex fireplace that will match your needs, visit the Corner Fireplace category –
      You should be able to find a product that you will enjoy!

  • Shirley Powell on December 6th, 2011 at 3:56pm

    Is it worth paying $100 more for the the DF12310 rather than buying the DF12310? Are these models big enough for a 18′x22′ room? We plan on buying the trim kit as well.

  • Shirley Powell on December 6th, 2011 at 3:58pm

    Mistake, I meant the DF12310 vs. DF12309.

  • Jody Lane on December 13th, 2011 at 11:17pm

    I have a DF12309. I love this fireplace, looks wonderful. What has happened? Can it be fixed? The flames come on, but the heat and fan have stopped working. Please let me know if it can be fixed and by whom? Thank you for any information you can give me.

    • chad on December 14th, 2011 at 1:09pm

      Hello Jody,

      The best thing is to visit our website and fill out the form to contact our tech service department. Our technical team can help you find a replacement part and get the issue resolved.

  • Ken Macfarlane on December 15th, 2013 at 4:35pm

    I have a BLIS wood burner that I want to convert to electric. The issue is the small size of the firebox. 20 inches wide at the front tapering to 18 inches at the back, and 10 inches deep. the smallest size I se is 20 inches wide which doesn’t fit. Do you have any product that would fit that has a fairly realistic flame? Thanks.

    • Ashley on December 16th, 2013 at 8:47pm

      Hi Ken, thanks for getting in touch with us. You are correct that the smallest insert currently available is 20.5″ wide. However, depending on the particulars of the woodburner, you might find the Opti-myst cassette to be a useful solution at 16″ wide:

      To find a dealer near you, I would suggest checking our dealer locator or giving us a call at 1-800-668-6663. And of course it’s always wise to check with a licensed electrician when undertaking any sort of rewiring or renovation project. Thanks and have a great day! – Ashley

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