Why Electric Fireplaces Are Better

Why Touchstone Electric Fireplaces are better than gas or wood burning fireplaces

Electric Fireplace vs. Wood Burning or Gas Fireplace

Shoppers often ask us if an electric fireplace is better than a wood burning fireplace or a gas burning fireplace. Here are some benefits of Electric Fireplaces, so you can make the best choice for your space.

Install Anywhere

You can install a Touchstone electric fireplace anywhere in your home or business without worrying about gas lines or venting. Just plug the fireplace into a standard outlet and enjoy.


A sideline 36 electric fireplace fitted perfectly in an RV.

Sideline 36 fits perfectly in an RV, photo credit @mountainmodernlife

Energy Efficient

Touchstone’s electric fireplace LED technology uses less energy to heat a room, using 5000 BTUs to warm a 400 square foot space. The cool-to-the-touch LED bulbs are mercury-free.

Cost Efficient

Save on natural gas and heating oil costs. A Touchstone electric fireplace comfortably heats a room, so you can lower your thermostat. In contrast, gas and wood burning fireplaces create drafts that pull heat from the house. A Touchstone electric fireplace costs about 20 cents an hour to run on the highest heat and flame settings. Annual cost is about $50 - $80 per year, which is significantly lower than the cost of firewood or natural gas.


A child friendly electric fireplace with cool touch feature at the front installed within a wall.

Child-friendly cool-to-the-touch front panel, photo credit @whiteblossomhome


Child-safe and pet-safe, Touchstone electric fireplaces are cool to the touch. Unlike a wood burning fireplace, you can instantly turn an electric fireplace off when you leave the house or go to bed. Touchstone’s automatic shut-off timer gives you more control.

Lower Home Insurance Costs

A wood burning fireplace puts your home at greater risk for chimney fires and other dangers. Many insurance companies increase premiums for homeowners with wood burning fireplaces. Gas burning fireplaces also carry risks, as faulty connectors can cause dangerous gas leaks.

Mess Free and Stress Free

No need to stack firewood or clean up ashes. Touchstone electric fireplaces are powered by remote control. You won’t have to worry about keeping the firewood dry, buying enough wood to last the season or braving the elements to get more fuel for your fire.

Smoke-Free Air

Breathe easily with a smoke-free electric fireplace. Unlike wood burning or gas fireplaces, electric fireplaces don’t emit smoke, carcinogens or fumes. Electric fireplaces are often recommended for those with asthma or allergies.

Remote Controlled Heat and Flames

With a touch of a remote control, you can turn up the heat and flames without getting up to put another log on the fire. Touchstone electric fireplaces are fully adjustable with two heat settings and five flame settings.

Year Round Use

The heat and flame controls operate independently, which means you can enjoy the flames without the heat in warm climates and seasons.


Touchstone’s wall mount electric fireplaces are easy to hang on the wall and can be moved anytime. These fireplaces are popular with renters who can easily take them along when the lease is up.

Natural Looking Flames

Touchstone electric fireplaces look so much like wood burning and gas burning fireplaces that shoppers are often hesitant to put their hands near the cool-to-the-touch LED flames. With an electric fireplace, you can enjoy the calming flames without the hassles of tending a fire.