Do you have a wood burning or gas fireplace, but rarely use it because of safety concerns or limited time to tend a fire? With a Touchstone® electric fireplace insert, you can easily re-purpose your existing fireplace, and enjoy smoke-free, odorless flames anytime.
Project Goal: Functional, Safe to Use Fireplace
DIYer Shereen Farooq @pretty.and.functional recently transformed her old fireplace with a Touchstone Sideline® 40 Electric Fireplace and shows how easy this project can be. Shereen shares, "Our brick fireplace was a wood burning fireplace, which we have no idea how to operate - and quite frankly we're pretty scared of having fire around our kids. The goal here is to have a fireplace that is functional and safe to use."
She then used her new fireplace’s dimensions to determine the size of her frame. After building the frame with 2 by 4 wood, she secured it to the brick wall. She then inserted her Sideline 40 into the frame and anchored it into place. Lastly, she built her trim, painted it black, and then secured it on the brick wall.
“When I was building the frame for the electric fireplace, I made sure it was quite snug. So the gaps between the brick, wood, and the fireplace itself were so minimal. I also covered all of the exposed frame wood with trim, so I felt like that was pretty decent coverage. I would say if someone else was building a similar project, they could caulk any tiny seams.” Shereen explains.
No Extra Wiring Needed, Simply Plug into a Standard Outlet
An energy efficient alternative to a wood burning or gas fireplace, the Touchstone Sideline Electric Fireplace plugs into a standard 120v outlet or can be hardwired by a professional. Sheeren built a frame for the fireplace that included a clever opening for the electrical cord and plug. She simply pulled the cord through and plugged the electric fireplace into the nearby outlet, hiding the cord with strategically-placed decor.
No need to hardwire - simply pull the plug through and use a nearby standard 120v outlet.
While preparing for an electric fireplace insert, it is important to consult a professional contractor, gas company, and chimney sweep to seal your fireplace and ensure the gas line is disabled. Optional hardwiring also requires a professional.
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A leader in design and manufacturing since 2005, Touchstone Home Products is a U.S. company based in Exton, PA. We specialize in top quality electric fireplaces, motorized TV lifts and TV lift cabinets.