RVs come equipped with beds, TVs, stoves, showers, refrigerators and tables, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that RVs can contain an electric fireplace as well. Still though, once you see your new fireplace installed in your RV’s living room, you'd be hard pressed not to find yourself at least a little awestruck by what technology has enabled us to accomplish.
Electric fireplaces are the way to go for adding some class and style to your recreational vehicle, however, deciding on the right one for you might take some searching. To make it simpler for you, I’ve shortened the list down to the top five electric fireplaces for your RV. Here they are.
1. Duraflame DFI-550-22 Freestanding Infrared Quartz Fireplace Stove
The first fireplace on this list is the Duraflame DFI-550-22. This fireplace uses infrared technology to heat the room without altering the rooms natural humidity levels, and its realistic, rustic design will look great in any area.
This electric fireplace uses infrared heat, which keeps the moisture levels of the room at their natural level. Regular fires are liable to dry the room up, but infrared heat makes your room warm and comfortable.
Flames on or off
Another great feature of the duraflame is that the fire effects can be activated with the heat on or off. This means that even in the summer, you can light up your room with a beautiful and cozy fire without adding to the already sweltering heat.
This fireplace combines modern style with a 19th century design that looks natural in almost every room. It’s lightweight, safe to use around children, and can provide warmth for 1,000 square feet.
The duraflame was designed to create a peaceful and comforting atmosphere all year round, as the flames can be activated without emitting any heat, making it perfect for lazy summer evenings, and in the winter, it can warm up your house cheaper than traditional heating, as instead of turning the heat on in the whole house, you only need to use it in the room you’re in and you can turn it off when you leave.
What I Like
This electric fireplace stove is small enough to fit in any RV, and it’s incredibly simple to use. Its flickering flames truly do give the night a glow.
What I Don’t Like
The fireplace is made out of somewhat cheaper materials and is not as strong as I’d like it to be. Also, it’s quite loud, which can be cumbersome when you’re trying to watch TV.
Safe to use
Flames with or without heat
2. PuraFlame 1250W Clara Red 9 inch Mini Portable electric Heater
This electric heater is lightweight and a great addition to any den or living room. It’s safe to use and has an adjustable thermostat for whatever the weather is like outside.
The PuraFlame is very safe and comes with overheating protection, meaning you can use it as long as you want without worrying that it’s going to destroy your house. It also has ‘tip over’ protection, meaning that if the machine senses that it is tipping over, it will automatically shut off.
Handle for Easy Carrying
The portable heating is lightweight and has a back handle for easy transportation. This means that this electric heater is perfect for tight spaces such as RVs and trailers, you can take a cozy fireplace with you wherever you go.
Like the duraflame, the PuraFlame’s fire effect can be used without the heat, and it’s modern and simple style works well in most rooms. It can spread heat for up to 400 square feet, and it’s energy saving design is great for thrifty consumers.
What I Like
This portable heater’s selling point is its size; you can lift it with one hand and move it anywhere you want. Together with it’s cost efficient usage, led coal flame effect and overheating protection, it will please the majority of its customers.
What I Don’t Like
The PuraFlame won’t burn your house down, but it might burn your fingers if you touch it while it’s turned on. It’s also loud when in use. The biggest downside, though, especially if you're looking for an electric fireplace, it that the PuraFlame is less of a fireplace and more of a portable heater with fake flame effects.
Light and portable
Good for small spaces
Easy to use
Hot to the touch
3. Dimplex PF2325HL Multi-Fire Xd 25-Inch Electric Firebox with Faux Logs Bed
Next up is the Dimplex PF2325HL. This fireplace made the list for its eco friendly design, high heat output, and authentic firewood look.
This electric fireplace warms the room up fast, and is able to work at maximum heat output for a set length of time. Heat is one thing that this fireplace does well and with it you never have to worry about freezing in the cold.
Not only does this fireplace heat great, but it’s good for the environment as well. The Dimplex PF2325HL is 100 percent energy efficient and produces no harmful emissions or particles into the atmosphere. If you want a fireplace that’s both powerful and green, this may be the one for you.
The Dimplex electric fireplace is wall mounted and large, giving it a nice and authentic look to your room. The fireplace is hot but the glass is cool to the touch, meaning you won’t ever burn your fingers on it. It is controlled with a remote, can be activated with a wave of the hand, and has different color settings for whatever mood you’re in.
What I Like
I love the efficiency of this device; never using more energy than it needs to, and the remote makes it a very convenient choice. I also appreciate how well it heats up the room, doing best what a fireplace is supposed to do.
What I Don’t Like
This fireplace is wall mounted, which makes it bulky and difficult to move on a whim. You need to be sure that wherever you decide to set it up is the place you want it to be. It’s also one of the more pricey items on this so make sure you have the budget before buying.
Big and sturdy
Cool glass/safe to touch
4. ClassicFlame 36EB110-GRT 36" Traditional Built-in Electric Fireplace Insert
Finally we have the ClassicFlame Electric Fireplace Insert. This built-in fireplace comes with its own thermostat, which you can use to set the temperature anywhere between 60 and 90 degrees fahrenheit, and a remote control which you can use from anywhere in the room.
Wall Mounted Thermostat
A great part of this electric fireplace is that it works similar to a traditional home heating system where you can set it to a certain temperature and allow it to turn on or off depending on how hot or cold it is at the moment. This makes it a great way to heat up your home while cutting costs in the process with its energy saving design.
The ClassicFlame electric fireplace comes with a traditional log set for an authentic looking fire and has realistic flames to light up your room. The flame effect has five different lighting settings and can be activated with or without heat.
This electric fireplace comes with a timer that can be set from 30 minutes to 9 hours, and it’s 4,400 BTU heater can spread heat for 400 square feet. It’s modern look fits in seamlessly with any decor and gives the atmosphere around it a cozy and pleasant feel.
What I Like
The built-in thermostat really makes the difference in this machine, and the warmth it gives off is second to none. Plus it looks great and saves money as well.
What I Don’t Like
Just like the Dimplex, this fireplace is wall mounted with is both a pro and a con. It’s a pro because it fits in better with the surrounding environment and saves space, however, it’s a con because you can’t easily move it from your house to your RV and back again,
Safe to touch
Difficult to maneuver
Frequently Asked Questions About Electric Fireplaces
Here are answers to some questions you may have about getting an electric fireplace in your RV.
Is it safe to sleep with an electric fireplace on?
Surprisingly yes. It is generally safe to sleep with an electric fireplace on. There are some factors which you should consider, however.
First, never go to sleep with your electric fireplace on if you’re using an extension cord, as this is a serious fire hazard. Also, don’t leave your electric fireplace on all night if it is emitting a funny smell, with flammable objects near or on it, and/or if you’re a notorious sleepwalker.
Lastly, electric fireplaces obviously use electricity, meaning that you shouldn’t leave them on all night unless you want your utility bill to be through the roof.
Which electric fireplace is most realistic?
The two wall mounted ones, the Dimplex and the ClassicFlame are especially significant for their realistic looking flames, and the Duraflame is not bad at all. You may have issues with the PuraFlame, however, as it doesn't even have flame, just glowing ember with a 2D flame effect in the back of the machine.
If realistic looking flames are very important to you, the PuraFlame may not be for you, but if it’s not something you’re overly concerned about, it will work fine.
What is the best electric fireplace on the market for RVs?
Generally for RVs, you are going to want to get an electric fireplace that is either wall mounted or compact. This is where the PuraFlame shines, as it is easily transportable and small enough to fit on a counter.
The Duraflame, on the other hand, is a little bulky, and it doesn't mount on the wall to make room in tight spaces. You can still put it in an RV, it just may be a tight fit.
Which is better gas or electric fireplace?
Gas and electric fireplaces each have their pros and cons.
Gas fireplaces plug into a house’s propane tank and uses it to produce real flames. Gas looks more realistic, but it costs more money to run and is generally less safe than electric.
Electric fireplaces, on the other hand, are as simple to set up as plugging in a hair dryer and you don’t have to spend money on gas. They may look slightly less realistic, however, they are safer and cheaper.
Why do I need a fireplace in RV?
Perhaps a better question would be: Why not? There are few downsides to installing a fireplace in your RV and they are bound to give its atmosphere a luxurious and satisfying ambiance.
Electric fireplaces are a great way to warm up your RV during those cold winter months without drying it up. They are also cost efficient and make great talking pieces.
The point of RVs is to take home with you on the road; why should your fireplace be excluded? Electric fireplaces are just the next step in turning your RV into your ultimate mobile house.
Electric fireplaces give you all of the benefits of real fireplaces without the maintenance, clean up, carbon monoxide, safety hazards and cost of firewood. Each year, more and more households are adding an electric fireplace to their lives and are not disappointed.
It can be difficult to choose which electric fireplace is the right choice, as there are hundreds of great options on the market, however, the Duraflame DFI-550-22 Freestanding Infrared Quartz Fireplace Stove is a real mark of brilliance.
With its infrared heat, rustic design and advanced safety features, the Duraflame is simply an all around great buy.