How To Install An Electric Burner Like A Pro

In order to install an electric fireplace correctly, especially where a previous fireplace was removed in the past, you need a special set of skills and some knowledge of carpentry and electrical wiring. Both of these talents come in handy when installing a new electric burner, but there are a few things you absolutely need to know before deciding you want to do this project by yourself. If you want to install your electrical fireplace like a pro, you have to think like a pro. Follow these steps to ensure an effortless installation.

Note: If you fail to understand any of the following steps, please contact a professional to help you install your electrical fireplace.

What You Need Before You Start

You need to make sure you have an electrical outlet inside your fireplace, if you do not have the outlet you will need to hire a licensed electrician to install a power outlet in your old fireplace opening. Tools and Material You’ll Need: Level, screwdriver, hammer, saw, pliers, gloves, measuring tape, framing, wall finishing, and non-combustible caulking

What To Prepare For

You need to know the area you are working with and the measurements you need to install your electric fireplace. Also, have your manual handy so you understand measurement requirements for your specific electric burner (fireplace) insert. Make sure you have the correct tools you need for the job:

  1. Measuring tape, level, saw, hammer, gloves, pliers, drill
  2. Saw and/or hammer
  3. Non-combustible caulking
  4. Framing
  5. Wall finishing

Safety Precautions

Before you get started installing you’ll need to understand your clearance and the best place to put the ethanol fireplace. Ethanol fireplaces can be installed in or against combustible surfaces such as walls, but the fireplace should be at least 3 feet away from combustible materials such as furniture, paper, curtains, bedding, etc. Always check your product manual for clearance instructions for the size of the fireplace you chose.

Follow the next few steps to successfully install your electric burner.

1.  Clearance Requirements

Always check your installation manual – Each Electric Fireplace Burner will differ slightly.

  1. 3/8" from the top of the firebox to a combustible or non-combustible material;
  2. 2" from the top of the insert frame to a mantel board above it;
  3. 1" from the back and sides of the insert to the walls around it;
  4. no minimum clearance to the floor. Electric Fireplace Insert Clearances


2. Cover Plate on your Chimney
Before Installing an electric burner it is recommended to put a cover plate on your chimney (if you don’t already have one on) , to prevent the outside elements from getting in such as water. 

3. Close the Damper and Seal
To prevent drafts and loss of heat it is recommended to close the Damper.

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  • Catherine Sibi