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Given the requirement for a power source, many people ask me if an electric fireplace is safe and usable outdoors.
The answer is a resounding YES.
You CAN use an electric fireplace outside.
Just make sure that it is an outdoor-rated model and follow the installation and care instructions.
Here is what you need to know about outdoor electric fireplaces before you buy one.
As I mentioned, your outside fireplace can be an electric one as well.
All outdoor-rated models may be used indoors and outside.
Just like indoor electric fireplaces, outdoor-rated fireplaces provide the ambient glow of standard fires and emit heat.
Many modern outside fireplaces feature multiple fire color choices, which you can use if you’re tired of a fire look.
The heater is included with most fireplaces and is optional, which means that you can enjoy flames with or without the heat.
This feature is excellent for people who reside in warm climates but wish to enjoy the ambiance of an outdoor fireplace creates.
Outdoor fireplaces are often recessed into a wall, need to be hardwired, and some models need an outdoor cover that defends a fireplace against the elements when it is not in use.
Every fireplace will include its own instruction manual.
Some state a dedicated circuit is preferred, but not essential in all circumstances.
Modern Blaze advises not to use a dedicated circuit if the fireplace is plugged in or hardwired.
There are a few factors to consider when deciding where to place your outdoor-rated electric fireplace.
Pick a location that’s not vulnerable to dust, moisture, and is away from high traffic places and items that may pick fire or block openings such as curtains, furniture, pillows, etc.
For the best result, place the fireplace out of direct sunlight and away from overhead illumination.
And finally, if possible pick a place near an existing socket for ease of electrical hook up.
You will get many options to choose from, according to features like frame size and aesthetics.
Listed below are a 5 of our favorites:
The magnificent Amantii Panorama DEEP fireplaces with vibrant flames will definitely be the focus of your outdoor area!
They create a welcoming glow to guests of your home, business, or industrial space. These stunning fireplaces are rated for outdoor or indoor use and need a stainless steel cover for protection when installing outdoors.
The cover is optional and may be added to the fireplace in the time of purchase. Amantii Panorama DEEP is famous for its Fire & Ice fire set that looks realistic and changes color to suit the ambiance or decor.
Offered in several sizes to fit your area: 40″, 50″, 60″, 72″, 88″ wide.
Remii electric fireplaces are fantastic for installation on screened porches and sheltered locations.
They are outside can be set up outside without an excess cover and rated. Remii fireplaces have the same gorgeous flame set as Amantii Panorama fireplaces, and they’re more affordable.
Remii versions – SLIM (4″ Deep – the slimmest version), Extra Tall (18″ large – deeper flame pattern and bigger flame viewing area), and Deep (12″ deep – deeper flame pattern) – all come in several sizes up to 65″ wide.
We couldn’t mention these unique outdoor electric fireplaces! Amantii Tru-View is 3-sided outdoor-rated fireplaces with a multi-color flame that can be seen from almost any angle.
And like the last two fireplaces on our list, these fireplaces include attractive Ice & FIre fires.
The flames seem even more impressive since these fireplaces are deeper (14 1/4″) and open on 3 sides.
These are a bit more costly but are well worth the price! Accessible in sizes: 50″, 60″, and 72″ wide.
The famous Electric fireplace maker Modern Flames offers a realistic completely enclosed 60″ wide electric fireplaces designed to be fixed into a wall and are designed to support any environmental event like rain, heat, and other coastal facets.
Modern Flames Nova fireplace doesn’t have the heater, letting you save money if you’re looking to just use it as a decoration.
But if you would like to add a heater, you can select an option that includes a detached infrared electrical heater.
And last but not least, the outside rated Touchstone Sideline is last our top picks.
Designed for use on a porch or terrace, the Touchstone Sideline can be recessed into any wall or can be hung on stone, brick, or siding.
This Touchstone outside fireplace definitely provides you the best bang for your buck. It includes a blue and orange fire combination, where every color may be used together or separately.
And it comes with glass crystals and a log collection to change the appearance from traditional to contemporary.
In conclusion, not every electric fireplace can be used outdoors, but an electric outside fireplace model can be found relatively easily.