Can You Use an Electric Fireplace Outside?
Given the need for a power source, many people have asked if an electric fireplace is safe and usable for outdoors. The answer is a resounding YES! You absolutely can use an electric fireplace outside just make sure 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.
Outdoor Electric Fireplaces
Like we already mentioned, electric fireplaces can be installed outdoors if they are outdoor rated. All outdoor rated models can be used both indoors and outdoors.
Just like indoor electric fireplaces, outdoor rated models run on electricity, offer the ambient glow of standard fires, and even emit heat. A lot of modern outdoor electric fireplaces feature multiple flame color options that you can use if you are tired of a traditional fire look.
The heater is included with most fireplaces and is also optional, meaning you can enjoy beautiful flames with or without the heat – this feature is especially great for those who live in warm climates but still want to enjoy the ambiance an outdoor fireplace creates.
Outdoor electric fireplaces are usually recessed into a wall, need to be hardwired and some models require an outdoor cover that protects a fireplace against the elements when it is not in use.
To learn more about electric fireplaces read this: Electric Fireplaces Shopping Guide
DO ELECTRIC FIREPLACES NEED THEIR OWN CIRCUIT?
Each fireplace will come with its own instruction manual. While some say, “A dedicated circuit is preferred but not essential in all cases,” Modern Blaze recommends that you do use a dedicated circuit whether the fireplace is plugged in or hardwired.
WHERE TO PLACE YOUR OUTDOOR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE
There are a few considerations to take into account when deciding where to place your outdoor rated electric fireplace. Select a location that is not susceptible to moisture, dust and is away from high traffic locations and things that may catch fire or block openings such as drapes, pillows, furniture, etc. For the best effect, install the fireplace out of direct sunlight and away from overhead lighting. And lastly, if possible, select a location near an existing electrical outlet for ease of electrical hook up.
OUR FAVORITE OUTDOOR ELECTRIC FIREPLACES
Modern Blaze has many options to choose from, based on features such as size, frame, and aesthetics. Here are a 5 of our favorites:
1. Most Popular Outdoor Electric FireplacesAmantii Panorama DEEP 88″ Built-in Indoor /Outdoor Electric Fireplace (BI-88-DEEP)
The stunning Amantii Panorama DEEP fireplaces with colorful flames will definitely be the focal point of your outdoor space! They create warmth and welcoming glow to guests of your home, business, or commercial space. These gorgeous fireplaces are rated for indoor or outdoor use and need a stainless steel cover for protection when installing outdoors. The cover is optional and can be added to the fireplace at the time of purchase. Amantii Panorama DEEP are famous for their vibrant Fire & Ice flame set that looks realistic and changes color to suit the ambiance or decor. Available in multiple sizes to fit your space: 40", 50", 60", 72", 88" wide.
To see all sizes follow this link: Amantii Panorama DEEP Fireplaces
2. ELECTRIC FIREPLACE FOR SCREENED PORCH
Remii electric fireplaces are perfect for installation on screened porches and other sheltered outdoor areas. They are outdoor rated and can be installed outside without an extra cover. Remii fireplaces have the same gorgeous flame set as Amantii Panorama fireplaces and they are more affordable. Remii models - SLIM (4" Deep - the slimmest version), Extra Tall (18" high - deeper flame pattern and larger flame viewing area), and Deep (12" deep - deeper flame pattern) - all come in a variety of sizes up to 65" wide.
To see the Remii collection follow this link: Remii Indoor /Outdoor Electric Fireplaces
3. Three-Sided Outdoor Electric Fireplace
We couldn't not to mention these unique outdoor electric fireplaces! Amantii Tru-View are 3-sided outdoor rated electric fireplaces with a multi-color flame that can be viewed from almost any angle. And like the previous two fireplaces on our list, these fireplaces features captivating FIre & Ice flames. The flames look even more impressive because these fireplaces are even deeper (14 1/4") and open on 3 sides. These are a bit more expensive but are well worth the extra cost! Available in sizes: 50", 60", an 72" wide.
Follow this link to find out more: Amantii Tru-View 3-Sided Outdoor Electric Fireplaces
4. OUTDOOR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE BY MODERN FLAMES
The popular electric fireplace manufacturer Modern Flames makes a realistic fully enclosed 60" wide electric fireplace that is made to be recessed into a wall and is designed to accommodate any environmental occurrence such as heat, rain, and other coastal factors. Modern Flames Nova fireplace does not come with the heater allowing you to save money if you are looking to just use it as a decoration. However, if you would like to add a heater, you can select an option that includes a detached infrared electric heater
Follow this link for more details: Modern Flames 60" Built-in Outdoor Electric Fireplace (NOVA-60BS)
5. WALL MOUNTED OUTDOOR ELECTRIC FIREPLACE by Touchstone
And last but not least, the outdoor rated Touchstone Sideline is finishing the list of our favorites. Designed specifically for use on a porch or patio, the Touchstone Sideline can be recessed into almost any wall or can be simply hung on brick, stone, or siding. This Touchstone outdoor electric fireplace definitely gives you the best bang for your buck. It features blue and orange flame combination, where each color can be used separately or together. And it comes with both a log set and glass crystals to change the look from traditional to contemporary.
Follow this link to learn more: Touchstone Sideline® Outdoor Rated 50" Recessed/Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace, No Heat (#80017)
In summary, not every electric fireplace can be used outside but outdoor rated electric fireplace models can absolutely be used outside. We covered some of the most popular and loved models. Pick one of the fireplaces from our list or find a fireplace that is outdoor rated, ensure proper placement and a dedicated circuit for safety and you will be on your way to a blissful backyard oasis!
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