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Electric fireplace logs

Electric fireplaces are the perfect way to warm your home while offering the look and feel of a real fire. Though electric fireplaces do not produce real flames, they do produce heat. 

How do electric fireplaces work?

Electric fireplaces use an electrical supply to power a heating element and blower to warm the room and use an LED screen or a rotisserie-style light effect. This produces the appearance of real flames. 

A few types of electric fireplaces all provide heat and the effect of a real flame. The different types are used in various locations throughout the home, so the function may slightly differ. The three main types of electric fireplaces are:

  • Freestanding electric fireplaces
  • Wall-mounted and recessed electric fireplaces 
  • Electric fireplace inserts

Free Standing Electric Fireplaces

This type of electric fireplace can be moved around the home as necessary as you can plug them into any nearby wall socket. Because they will not be mounted on the wall like wall-mounted or recessed electric fireplaces, they do not need to be as small and thin. They do need to be deeper than other fireplaces to cater to the components and space necessary to create flames. Inside the fireplace, there are plastic logs attached to a flat and smooth backing screen which play a role in creating the effect of a real flame.

Freestanding electric fireplaces utilize a combination of an LED light source with a rotating mirror to create the effect of a flickering flame. When the mirror rotates, a fake flame is created. Traditionally, the light source is a LED strip. The flames are cold to the touch, as they do not produce heat.

A control panel is located where the ash compartment is located. The controls turn on and off the fireplace as well as control the heat and the brightness of the flame. 

The heater on a freestanding electric fireplace works like a standard space heater. A blower sucks the air from the room into the heater and works it through a heating element which heats the air before returning it to the room. Most of the time, the heater is located at the bottom of the fireplace, with the blower located on the back. The heater does get very hot to the touch. 

Contact Ed’s Woodshed in Bridgeville to receive full-service assistance on your fireplace needs for more on electric fireplaces. Ed’s Woodshed has been serving the Pittsburgh area its high-quality fireplaces for over 35 years. Call Ed’s Woodshed at 412-257-0492 for your fireplace insert needs! 


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