For a less permanent solution compared to built-in electric fireplaces, electric fireplaces can also be used as inserts into existing open fireplaces.

Electric fireplaces inserts fit directly into an existing open fireplace and a surround can be used to fill any gap between the unit and the edge of the fireplace to make it look more built-in.

These fireplace inserts are typically plug-in and so you may need to have an electrical outlet installed within the firebox of your open fireplace.

For more information see our buyers guide to the best electric fireplace inserts.