Electric fireplaces need an electrical supply to work, and come with power leads and plugs to be able to provide the required electricity to operate.

When deciding where to place an electric fireplace in your home, and when choosing what type of electric fireplace to buy, you’ll need to ensure that:

  • There’s an electric wall socket near the chosen location for the fireplace, or a mains power cable that can be used to direct wire a fireplace insert into.
  • The power cable on the electric fireplace is long enough to reach the electrical supply.

It’s recommended by manufacturers, including the manufacturers of my electric fireplaces, to plug electric fireplaces straight into wall sockets, and not into any form of extension cable, surge protector or timer plugs.

You’ll therefore need a mains power socket near to where you’ll place your electric fireplace. The power socket must also be switched on before the fireplace will work.

During the summer when the open fireplace in my living room isn’t being used, I leave my freestanding electric fireplace stove in the open fireplace. This allows us to enjoy the view of a fire without the associated heat output.

There’s a wall socket near to the open fireplace that allows me to put the electric fireplace inside the firebox, and the power cable is long enough so that it isn’t stretched reaching the socket.

It’s therefore important to consider where you’ll place an electric fireplace in your home knowing that it requires a mains power supply, without the use of an extension cable.

 You will also need to consider before buying an electric fireplace how long the power cable will need to be. I made sure that the power cable for my freestanding electric fireplace shown above was long enough for it to be used in my living room fireplace.