Transfer Your Small Electric Fireplace in 5 Steps

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One of the benefits of having a small electric fireplace is its portability. As long as you have the strength, time, and desire you can move your fireplace anywhere you like.

Step 1 - Measure

Before moving your fireplace be sure to take accurate measurements. You’ll need to start by measuring the fireplace itself including the mantel and any accessories that will move with the fireplace.

Once that’s done, measure the space to which you are going to relocate your fireplace. Note where the electrical outlets are placed and how you're going to arrange your furniture to accommodate the fireplace.

The ideal placement for the fireplace is directly in front of an outlet where electric cords don't have to be concealed.

Step 2 - Remove the Mantel

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Once you've scouted and measured your new location, it's time to disassemble the fireplace. Most small electric fireplaces don't have attached mantels, but if yours does, you will need to remove it first.

The mantel is usually attached with a few screws, a bolt, and a support brace, which are easily removed. Just crawl under the unit to see what kind of hardware is used, and you will know what tools you need to remove it.

Step 3 - Remove the Firebox

This step is only necessary on models that are designed with removable fireboxes. Fireboxes come out differently depending on the make and model, so check the manufacturer's instructions to determine, first, if you have a removable fireplace and, if so, how to remove it.

Step 4 - Move the Surround

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Chances are your small electric fireplace has some type of surround to make it look more realistic. The surround is usually a single piece. However, very large surrounds may have been built with separate sides and a top, which need to be removed in pieces. This is generally accomplished with a screwdriver.

Step 5 - Set Up

Reassemble the surround in its new location and replace the firebox if necessary. Then reattach the mantle and plug the unit in. You're done.

Extra Tip - Cleaning

Take advantage of the move to give your fireplace a good cleaning. As you remove parts, take the time to polish up metal hardware, oil and polish wood, and clean the glass. Your old fireplace will look brand new in its new location.