Written by Jennifer Turner

5 benefits of an electric fire

Discover why electric fires and stoves are a fuss free and modern choice for interior updates


If you’re updating your living space, you may have considered a new stove or fire. Perhaps, because of budget constraints, you’ve looked at renovating an existing fireplace.

But if you don’t have a chimney, you might assume your fireplace journey has come to an end.

However, there is no need worry, as there are plenty of options available to you…

living room with inset fireplace and screen aboveeStudio 135R Birch Log Effect With Optional Mood Lighting Kit

Image: eStudio 135R electric fire, from Gazco. (Shown with Birch Log Effect and Optional Mood Lighting Kit)

Ease of installation

One easy and convenient heating solution being to opt for an electric stove or fire. One of the main draws to opting for electric is the easy installation they offer. Electric fires and stoves only require mains connection to function, so all that’s needed is access to a plug point.

Electric fire installation can be as simple or as elaborate as desired. From built-in shelving, to a typical inset installation usually requiring no more than a studwork chimney breast. Freestanding electric stoves, on the other hand, can be moved from room to room if desired, adding even more convenience.

small electric stove next to bench and under handing plant

Image: Marlborough2 Small electric stove, from Gazco

Remote control heat

Many modern electric fires, such as the striking eReflex range from Gazco can be used with a remote control, giving you complete control over the flames and the fire’s various features. This gives you the ability to control via a remote handset – without needing to leave your sofa!

Energy-saving features

Some of today’s electric fireplaces offer a variety of energy saving features, so that you can get the most from your fireplace on your personal schedule. For example, the brand new Gazco eStudio electric fire range comes with a Thermostatic Eco Handset, which allows you daily and weekly programming, plus open window detection which causes the fire to switch off its heat function when detecting a sudden temperature drop of 4°C or more.

living room with matching pink armchairs, rug and stove in fireplace

Image: Sheraton 5 electric stove, from Gazco. Shown with Grafton Limestone mantel, also Gazco

TV media walls

If you like to keep up with the latest interior ideas, you’ll be no stranger to the TV media wall trend that has been storming social media and the world of interior design for some time. Electric fireplaces are ideal for this kind of set up, negating the worry of adverse effects from heat to your TV.

Some even offer the option of mood lighting, like the eStudio electric fire, which can be selected with an option LED Mood Lighting System that can be easily installed around a TV for colours that match the selection on the fireplace below.

living room with brown leather sofa, rug and inset fireplace below TV screeneStudio 105R With Optional Silver Birch Fuel Effect shown with Optional Mood Lighting Kit

Image:  eStudio 105R electric fire, from Gazco. (Shown with Optional Silver Birch Fuel Effect and Optional Mood Lighting Kit)

Flames without the heat

An electric fire or stove offers mesmerising visuals with fireside charm, but with one major difference – the ability to operate without the heat!

This means that you can enjoy the ambience from an electric fireplace all year round – even in summer.

seating area in home with sofa, coffee table, fireplace and open doors on to patio

Image: eReflex 135R electric fire, from Gazco. (Shown with Log and Pebble fuel effect and Amber flame Setting)

Stovax & Gazco are one of the UK’s leading fireplace manufacturers, offering a vast range of appliances across woodburning, multi-fuel, gas and electric fuel types. Find your nearest retailer at gazco.com/retailers