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What is the heat output of an electric fire?

May 11, 2012


2 KW heat output typically

Electric Fires have lower heat output than gas fires or solid fuel fires. All electric fires shown on our website are powered by a standard 13 amp socket and for this reason have a maximum heat output of 2KW if they have a canopy (top hood of fire) and 1.5KW if the electric fire does not have a canopy.

Does this give out enough heat to warm a modest size room?

1) In our opinion electric fires are able to heat a modest sized room; however it is all subject to personal interpretation. Most homeowners simply want a fire to provide a supplement heat source to warm a room in particularly cold conditions or to supplement a conventional central heating system and in our opinion an electric fire will give off sufficient heat to do this.

2) Electric fires are also 100% efficient as they have no heat loss up the chimney. This is particularly important, because many fireplace showrooms often mislead customers by highlighting the extensively high heat output of gas fires.


The average gas fire has a 3kw heat output, & is 60% efficient. This means there is on average 40% heat loss. Essentially this means the gas fire emits 1.8kw which is ironically less heat output than an electric fire. What sort of power supply do electric fires need? At Creative Fireplaces, all our electric fires simply plug into a standard 13amp socket and can hence be fitted in any room in your home with a suitable working power socket. Electric fires do not need to be vented as they do not emit any toxic vapour (unlike gas fires).

Can an electric fire be fitted on a flat wall?

Yes we can modify our electric fireplaces so that they can be installed against a flat wall if needed. As a specialist manufacturer of marble fireplaces, we are able to build a bespoke void in our range of marble fire surrounds which ensures that they can be fitted against a perfectly flat wall without the need for a chimney or flue. We do this by making the side columns deeper and bringing the back panel (section where fire is recessed) forward. We then make the mantle (top section of fireplace) deeper to hide the extra depth created. This essentially means we create a void within the fire surround to recess your fire