Work the Flame: Electric Fireplace Tips and Tricks Work the Flame: Electric Fireplace Tips and Tricks

One of the advantages of electric fireplaces is enjoying the appearance of a hearth without exposing your home to the danger of a real flame. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your electric flame fireplace looking great.

Logs

With the variety of log inserts available for electric fireplaces, there is no reason to have one that looks cheap or unrealistic. The purpose of the logs is to create the ambiance of a natural fire and to help produce the flame effect. Some models even have a crackling sound to enhance the experience. A fake-looking log set will detract from the beautiful effect an electric fireplace can generate, so it's worth the extra money to invest in a quality log set. Replacing existing logs with better ones is an easy upgrade. Logs sets vary in price quite a bit depending on the features and quality you are looking at. Expect to pay from $400 to $600 for realistic crackling logs.

Bulbs

The majority of electric fireplaces use two or more bulbs to create the fire. Keep extras on hand to maintain an even-looking flame when one burns out. The bulbs also help to generate enough heat to stay comfortable. Replacement bulbs for an electric fireplace set run around $10 each depending on the type of logs.

Heaters

If you want the warmth as well as the look of a real fire, you may want to consider adding a heater to your electric fireplace. Heaters, which switch on and off like space heater, are designed to remain hidden inside the unit. Combined with realistic crackling logs, a heater will give you the ultimate fireplace experience without the fire. You can pick up an electric fireplace heater for about $150 at most specialty fireplace shops.

Fireplace Accessories

Another way to enhance the ambiance of your electric fireplace is to accessorize it with real fireplace screens and tools. Fireplace accessories are available to match any décor. They are available in a variety of metals, including wrought iron, brass, antique copper, stainless steel, or even gold-toned. Many of the screens incorporate elements of glass and color as well.

Stunning screens are available for under $200 and they enhance the realism considerably. Add a tool set for around $100 and the picture is complete.

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