Outdoor Electric Fireplace – How Can You Install One?

Outdoor Electric Fireplace

Yes, You Can Have an Outdoor Electric Fireplace!

While most electric fireplaces are designed for indoor use only, you can use the Sideline Touchstone 80017 indoors or out. (By the way, 2 other options are the Amantii Fireplace and the Nova Indoor-Outdoor electric fireplace.)

Touchstone specifically created this unit for customers who want an outdoor fireplace option for their patio or porch. It comes with a ground fault plug and is water resistant.

Flame Colors and Settings on Outdoor Electric FireplaceIn addition, you can mount it high on a wall. Therefore it stays clear of any groundwater. Hang it on outer walls made of stucco, brick, siding or stone. Wall mounting brackets come with the package.

Due to its shorter height and lighter weight, you can hang it more easily. That said, this 50″ long fireplace makes a big impact on a space because of its sizable length.

Bonus Features Make Your Outdoor Electric Fireplace Easy to Use…

Similar to indoor-only models, this outdoor electric fireplace comes with a handy remote control unit. Turn on your patio fireplace from inside the house or across the porch

It also features a convenient automatic timer system. Therefore, you can have your flames turn off in 30 minutes, 7 1/2 hours or anywhere in between.

These nice bonus features make this model really easy to use. Not to mention, you feel like your outdoor living room is part of the house.

Downside of the Touchstone Outdoor Electric Fireplace

Unlike gas or wood burning fire pits, this wall unit does not put out heat. The flames provide ambiance and some light, but don’t expect to get warm sitting next to it.

However, the advantage to having a non-heat producing electric fireplace is that it is super cheap to operate. It also costs less to buy than a traditional outdoor fireplace. Plus, you don’t have to continually replace the gas tank or clean out ashes. Stick that in your back pocket!

See how the multi-color flames look in this 30-second video clip. Although it may not look identical to a wood-burning fire, consider the fact that you probably will not be standing right up close to it to notice. =)


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Touchstone 80017 Indoor/Outdoor Electric Fireplace Specs:

  • Dimensions: 6 x 50″ Wide x 18″ Tall X 6″ Deep
  • Fire Box Dimensions (for recessing): 47.6″ Wide x 16.75″ Tall x 5.25″ Deep
  • Frame Color: Black
  • Weight: 45 lbs
  • Voltage: 120V
  • Amperes: 11 and up
  • Flame Colors: Blue, Red/Orange, Combination of All 3 Colors
  • Flame Settings: 5 Levels, from high flames to glowing embers
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Touchstone 80017 Electric Fireplace Dimensions
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Classic Flame Electric Fireplace – Do the Flames Look Real?

ClassicFlame has developed “Spectrafire”, realistic-looking flickering flames that closely match the appearance of gas fireplace flames. This high tech fire even includes those blue and amber highlights.

Classic Flame Electric Fireplace

In addition, the log set has a realistic-looking pulsating and glowing ember bed. If you want an electric fireplace that… doesn’t look electric,
Spectrafire make a good choice. See what I mean:

Unlike a gas unit, however, you can change the color of the flames with the push of a button. Additionally, the ClassicFlame features multiple brightness and color options. You can completely customize the look of your fire depending on your mood.

Get Double the Pleasure at 1/2 the Cost with a Classic Flame Fireplace?

Furthermore, you can enjoy this electric fireplace
year-round at minimal cost. In fact, in the flame-only setting, the ClassicFlame costs only pennies to operate per hour.

Turn it on and enjoy the ambiance without having to produce extra heat.

I really like this feature of electric fireplaces. Why go to the expense of building or installing a fireplace if you will only enjoy it half of the year, right?

With electric, you can enjoy that romantic ambiance anytime of year.

The Benefits of Zone Heating

Spectrafire Remote Control for ClassicFlame Electric FireplaceElectric fireplaces with heaters (like the Classic Flame) offer the advantage of zoned heating. Zoned heating enables homeowners to cut their electric/gas bill simply by warming certain areas of the house instead of the whole thing.

Whereas some people are installing zoned heating systems, you can achieve similar savings by using a fireplace instead of your whole-house heating unit. Use your HVAC unit when you need to, and switch to zone heating when you don’t need to warm the entire home.

This powerful unit can heat up to a 400 square foot area. Therefore, you can easily heat a living room, family room or great room. In fact, you can wall-mount the thermostat to easily control the temperature of the room.

Install the Classic Flame in Your Existing Fireplace… or a Wall

You can recess this unit into a wall for a clean, minimalist look. In addition, this option enables you to add a fireplace to a room without taking up any floor space.

Classic Flame Electric Fireplace Installed in Existing Mantel
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By the way, the package includes a total surround flange for flush mounting and a finished look.

Alternatively,
you can install this insert into your existing fireplace. This option works well for people with existing wood-burning fireplaces who want to convert to cleaner energy source.

The unit comes with an integrated junction box for hard-wire applications as well as a 3-prong plug. Included instructions explain how to set up your fireplace properly.

This 24″ x 36″ model fits many standard fireplace openings. However, if you need a smaller size, check out the 23″ version or 18″ version.

What Do I Think?

This model works well for people who want to switch their wood-burning fireplace to electric. It also makes a great solution for those who prefer a wall-recessed fireplace. The realistic flames make it worth paying he extra money, in my opinion.

On the other hand, this unit costs more than some all-in-one electric fireplaces that include mantels. In addition, it’s not as easy to install as wall-mounted units because you have to recess it. If you prefer a quick-and easy installation process or prefer the look of a mantel, this insert may not be your best choice.

Classic Flame Electric Fireplace Specs:

  • Dimensions: 36″ wide x 24″ High x 7.6″ deep
  • Weight: 67 lbs
  • Power: 120 Volts
  • Heat: 4,400 BTU’s
  • Heating Capacity: Up to 400 Square Feet
  • Includes Remote Control
  • Model # 36EB110-GRT
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