If you don’t have access to gas and don’t want to maintain a wood burning stove then electric is probably the final practical way to go.
The Benefits of Electrical Fires:
From the outset the benefit of electric fires and stoves is the fact that they are comparatively cheap to buy and need little or no installation. For example a Charlton & Jenrick hang on the wall electric fire can be very simple to locate, by putting two brackets on the wall and then hanging the fire on with small fixings to secure.
It gets more complicated if you want to chase the cable into the wall but even this is a lot less work and cheaper for a tradesman to do, than installing other fuel options. As with the other fuels discussed there is a nearly endless array of styles and designs to choose from, many of which imitate the wood or gas burning equivalent.
Keep an awareness of the illumination type used in the electric flame effect – there is no place for anything other than LED light sources in a modern electric fire.
Incandescent bulbs have a very limited life therefore requiring fiddly replacement and are power hungry for no obvious benefit.
The Disadvantages of Electrical Fires:
The biggest drawback with electric fires is that no matter what model you opt for you are not going to get a flame picture quite comparable to wood or gas.
Electric fires can offer a very practical and cost effective visual centre piece in a home, and many offer lighting effects that can be switched on without any heating, so you can just use the enhanced appearance.
If you will need to rely on your secondary heating to offer a substantial amount of heat for a large room then wood or gas is a much better choice as electric fires usually offer a maximum 2kW of heat. Please get in touch with us to discuss your fireplace options.